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    Looking good, mate.

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    On Wednesday morning, the CJs took us to the local "smugglers" market.

    I've lived in Thailand for 14 years now and have never seen its like. From bear traps, to barbed wire, cloth sold in bolts, to every manner of creature .... or parts of creatures.

    What happens is this...on Wednesdays the Laos are allowed to cross over to the Thai side of the Mekong to visit the market. I could spend the day just watching the boats trying to dock against the flow of the river.





    Usual fare....tables of insects...



    Then one I'd never seen, buffalo skin to eat....



    Then, the next table down....

    Buffalo snouts...



    Ears...



    And tail....

    "I was a good student. I comprehend very well, OK, better than I think almost anybody," - President Trump comparing his legal knowledge to a Federal judge.

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    Mrs CJ rocks up with her breakfast.......



    Later she told us she had bought the family....


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    The usual...frogs in a basket or bagged up for your dining convenience...






    If you ever wondered the difference the supply chain makes to costs......

    Cucumbers, a five kilo bag...60B



    Cabbage - 25B


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    Continued stimulating thread, Bob...
    Hope you two are having a delightful getaway up north.
    Probably deserved.

    Next in-country holiday: mysterious Isaan

    Cheers!!


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    blimey csff...after seeing those bats you must be dying for a burger even more than on the other 364 days.

    thinking of prey with minute brains communicating at frequencies that make no sense to us though...where has chico been lately?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    blimey csff...you must dying for a burger even more than on the other 364 days.



    It did worry us that we wouldn't be able to provide him with his regular burger injection but he seems to have survived.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille
    blimey csff...after seeing those bats you must dying for a burger even more than on the other 364 days.
    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101
    It did worry us that we wouldn't be able to provide him with his regular burger injection but he seems to have survived.
    Bastards......you know me too well. What do you think the first thing I googled was when we got into CM...that's right, a burger place.

    We found this that wasn't too far from the hotel...

    Mad Cow Burgers

    So we set off and it's part of a restaurant called Barrios where Middle Eastern fare is the base of the menu...and believe it or not a kebab sounded better than a burger..

    We started off with the calamari, perfectly cooked.



    Then with a sampler platter of salad, kebab meat and pita bread...




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    lunched on crisp salad, jamon serrano and rioja courtesy of rimping promenada. much improved rockmelon from the local market.

    this is a major part of why we chose chiang mai.

    good to know there are also bats within easy reach of course.

    for when nothing else will quite hit the spot.

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    How does one prepare a bat for dining?


    (Spectacular thread Topps! Top of the line trip you're having)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    How does one prepare a bat for dining?

    Take three potatoes and one bat. Peel and cut potatoes into thick batons, deep-fry at low temperature, let oil cool, reheat, fry potatoes at high temperature until crisp. Throw bat away. Eat chips.

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    Nice thread CSFFAN. I've always wanted to visit the opium museum if I ever found myself in the golden triangle area.

    Thanks for taking the time to post a few pics, cheers.

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    10 years up here and I've still not visited it.
    I must make the effort one day.


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    Well best to get cracken then crackerjack. It would make knockout thread. Good luck with it. You could get more golden cabbages for the effort.

    Peace out, the fish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    How does one prepare a bat for dining?
    Mrs. CJ said she'd take the hair off and then cook it and eat it.

    The wife and I were rehydrating at a pub and the wife of the owner said you cut the bat across the top of the head, then pull the skin off and go from there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    How does one prepare a bat for dining?
    Mrs. CJ said she'd take the hair off and then cook it and eat it...
    How does it make any difference to the dish whatever she looks like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack101 View Post
    10 years up here and I've still not visited it.
    I must make the effort one day.

    There are two, Hall of Opium and Opium House. Hall of Opium is more of a waxworks display and, being a government-owned site, practices pretty hefty double-pricing, 300 baht for foreigners, 50 for Thai. Opium house is 50 baht for all. Samples of the product available for a quick drive up into the hills
    wubba lubba dub dub

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    I have enjoyed the countryside / water / street scenes pics.

    Well done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanMan
    Well done.
    Thanks, it was a pleasure.

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