Phuket City – not bad!

After some swimming for breakfast and some noodle-souping I slowly got my act together in Nai Yang and left for new shores around noon. It turned out that Phuket was not a bad choice. By far not as touristy as I had expected by now. They are all out there in Patong.

Phuket has business and local people and everything else it takes to have a life on your own.

I am staying at a charmingly old fashioned Chinese hotel and at least today there is no other foreigner here.

And I was at the weekend market! Quite an experience. The third biggest market in my experience after Chattuchak in Bangkok and the weekend market in Chiang Mai.

Would you be surprised if I told you that I thoroughly checked the 750 or so shops and sales stalls (without spending a penny) in less than 30 minutes – and then spent 3 hours on the food stalls? :) ))))))))))))))))

OK, here is the shop business…

…continuation from yesterday…

The food section of the market made me lose control. I pigged out completely and stuffed myself while walking, standing and sitting…

Here is where I started: with a bag of fruit topped with spices and a chilli sauce

These chocolate cakes were easy to resist:

Various sweet stuff:

This crab shop really drew my attention and I passed it a couple of times. When I was so full in the end that I could barely open my mouth I came here to buy about 10 of them to take home…

The sugar cane juice factory. I had a bottle of that as well:

An assortment of Sushi. The Thai really like their stuff colourful :)

Meaty business!

I could not resist having a pig snout (in German we call it “mask”), for me a pleasant winter dish with sour cabbage and mashed potatoes, but how would it be here in the Thai heat? They had a seating area which I needed badly by now to have some cold beer…

A little “fatty” – but with the addition of a modest helping of ground chillies and a few Chang beers quite “digestible”, if by far too much…

You name it – we have it!

Now, that’s what I call soup stock! Pork, chicken, beef and fish…you chose your ingredients…

Thai potato “roesti”:

Time for a little snack: rice cakes with crab and fish stuffing…

Ready fish packages. You chose one and they cook it for you…

Something that the Thai call “larb”…minced meat with loads of lemongrass…

Time for another break. More beer and a pork noodlesoup :)

…cooked by this fancy street chef…his gold watch and chains and the ring would shame every Bulgarian “mutra”.

Different kinds of sweet “Thai blinis”, made from soy, taro or manioc. Upon recommendation of the young lady I tried one from soy – very good.

This good looking mama made some mean, hot rice – of which she let me try and she and her colleague (who sold loofah sponges next to her) were quite surprised that I did not even blink at the hotness of the dish :)

My favourite department: the snack section, with locust, maggots and the works…I got me a bag of crisp locust and a dipping sauce to enjoy at my hotel with a beer. Yummie!

This is something they called “jelly grass drink”. Looks interesting – but I skipped it :)

I bought a “surprise package” to take home instead. As it turned out it was spicy minced meat, a little like sausage…

Now I was ready to retire to my hotel.

On the way to the car it became clear to me, once again, that in this climate riding a motorbike is a far superior alternative to driving a car. It’s easy to find parking and, when you are laden with myriads of small plastic bags with food and drinks, the Asian motorbike has sufficient hooks to hang your bags properly without spilling anything.

On my way back I bought my first bottle of Mekong Whisky and some cokes – but I was so exhausted from all the eating and drinking at the market that it took me a few laps (and some floating) in the swimming pool before I could even master to open the bottle.

I like the Chinese hotel where I am staying and told the manager in the morning that I would extend my stay if she would give me a good deal. Which she did. Now I will stay another three nights and will use this hotel as the basis for my activities…the first for the day will be to go to the pool and swim and read the newspaper…

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