isan food thailand
The food is taken care of, as well as our place to stay. I have $500 for the whole month, and I would like to go to the discos, movies and buy gifts for my family. Do you think that $500 is enough?
(Any and all help is appreciated, but please do not answer if you don’t have a knowledge of the expenditures in Thailand, and their costs.)
I will be in Bangkok for most of the time.
I also don’t plan on shopping for myself, unless it’s cheap. I am used to the thrift store lifestyle 🙂
A $500 is easily enough, but you are not giving enough information to insure an appropriate and detailed reply. Bangkok for a month is going to cost much more than say, Korat for a month. You also don’t mention if you are going to stay in one place for the month or travel around. I have traveled all over the world (love Thailand) and I can tell you that if you are willing not to move around a lot (go to one place and learn that one place well) you can live very well but on little money, quite easily.
Discos in Bangkok can be expensive (then again it depends on *which* discos, in which location). Some of the discos in Bangkok have a cover charge, others don’t. And some of them charge outrageous prices for drinks. It’s really hard to say what it will cost because I don’t know anything about you. If you are bar-hopping in a limo, going to places like Bed Supper Club every night, then yeah you could run through $500 really quickly; and if you are staying in Isan somewhere and going to the local Carabao bar every night it won’t cost much at all. And if you’re a pretty girl who plans on mooching drinks from men all night then it could be basically free for you.
The main costs are likely to be food and local transportation, but you say food is taken care of. Are you really going to eat ‘at home’ all the time? I have to assume you will eat out quite a bit because the food is so amazing in Thailand. It would be a shame to miss that. If you eat local food (staying away from places like Star Bucks) then you can eat well amazingly cheaply. You can get a normal lunch in Bangkok for less than $3. Movies are generally less than $3 as well.
If you are going to be in Bangkok, you will want to ride the skytrain (called the BTS), and/or the subway (called the MRT). Both are very inexpensive, but you can reduce the cost a bit more even by getting one of the passes they offer.
For gifts, there are markets all over that you can go to. Never agree to the first price they give you…that will be the ‘sucker’ price. When they give you the amount, look disappointed and start to get ‘un-interested’…THEN and only then does your bargaining begin:-)
Really, you have most of your problems worked out already. You have $500 for a month, and it’s basically all ‘play money’, then you should be all set.
I love this answer. It is realistic and gives me some good tips on market shopping and transportation. I will definitely be eating out a lot. I am going with a group and we will be eating at Mom and Pop type restaurants, the price of which included in the program fee. Thanks again!
isan food thailand
A Please do not not believe all that you read – The Thai locals on the border with Cambodia do a lot of trade together and there are alot of Cambodians working in Thailand. In Isan where my wife is from a lot of Thai’s in her village speak Cambodian ( not english ) because of the trade they do with each other.
When I have been with my Thai wife to Cambodia we never have problems because she is Thai.
There has been some trouble at a Temple invoving soldiers from both sides and some deaths but thats soldiers for you as they have guns.
ohh i see
i wish to know more about Thai culture and situation can u answer me more ?
But getting more specific about food — from Wikipedia.org‘s article Isan:
Isan food has elements most in common with Lao and is distinct from the central Thai cuisine. The most obvious characteristics are the use of sticky rice that accompanies almost every meal rather than the non-sticky long grain rice, as well as fiery chili peppers, but the French and Vietnamese influences which have affected Lao cuisine are absent in Isan. Popular Lao dishes that are also staples in Isan include tam mak hung, or in central Thai, som tam (green papaya salad, larb (meat salad) and kai yang (grilled chicken). These dishes have spread to other parts of Thailand, but normally in versions which temper the extreme heat and sourness favoured in Isan for the more moderate Central Thai palate. Conversely, Central Thai food has become popular in Isan. The people of the Isan region in Thailand, a mixture of Lao, Vietnamese, Khmer, Mon, Cham, and other Tai groups, famously eat a wide variety of creatures, such as lizards, frogs and fried insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, silkworms and dung beetles. Originally forced by poverty to be creative in finding foods, Isan people now savour these animals as delicacies or snacks. Food is commonly eaten by hand using the sticky rice pressed into a ball with the fingers as a tool. Soups are a frequent element of any meal, and contain either vegetables and herbs, noodles, chunks of fish, balls of ground pork or a mixture of these. They are eaten using a spoon and chopsticks at the same time.
From TempleOfThai.com‘s page on Isan Thai Cusine:
The food of Isaan is very hot and flavored with pungent herbs and seasonings, with some of Thailand’s spiciest salads. The intense flavors of Isaan food is one way of managing an insecure food supply – very hot, flavorful dishes encourage diners to diffuse the flavors with a lot of sticky rice.
Fresh herbs like dill, basil, and mint make a bracing balance to the heat, usually from dried chilies. Mineral salts and a thicker, rustic fish sauce called pla ra – give a distinctive salty flavor. Fruits like sour hog plums or tamarind add sourness. Isan food is relatively simple, employing a smaller range of spices and seasonings then the other regions of Thailand.
Few large trees grow in Isan, so residents have had less access to wood for cooking. For this reason, Isan cuisine includes a large range of pickled and cured foods and when food can be eaten raw, it often is. Raw vegetables are served alongside spicy dips and fresh, spicy salads like somtam, with two main types – Thai-style somtam adds dried shrimp, peanuts, tomatoes and fish sauce while Lao-style somtam is pounded with fermented crab and pla ra. Isaan-style laap, like those of Laos, are often made of minced raw meat, “cooked” ceviche-style in an acidic sauce.
Soups and curries are simple concoctions of boiled preserved fish and forest vegetables, with grilled shallots, chillies and coconut milk often added to the curries. In the southern part of the Isaan region, the food more closely resembles the Thai food of the Central Plains with coconuts and long-grain jasmine rice being more prevalent then sticky rice. Grilled or roasted chicken, pork, and beef are often served alongside sauces or mixed with roasted, ground rice in laap.
Perhaps the most unusual feature of Isan food is their taste for water buffalo (less appreciated elsewhere in Thailand) and jungle creatures like rice-field beetles, geckos, lizards, frogs and sour red-ant eggs.
You can learn a little more about the food of Isan (Isaan)at these websites:
- ThaiWorldView.com: Thai Food – page 1/4
- About.com: Isan Food
- About.com: Isan Food in Bangkok
- IsanThailand.Blogspot.com: Isan – Thailand: Isan Food
- GlobetrottingGourmet.com: ISAN FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL MASTERCLASS: 2012
- Siam-Longings.com: isan food recipes
- Wikipedia.org: Thai cuisine
- TravelaTeaseAsia.com: Thai – Isan Food
- Phrasebook.Thai-Isan-Lao.com: phrasebook_wordlists
- EatingThaiFood.com: Graveyard Dining in Silom (with Delicious Isan Food) | Thai Street Food and Pictures
- BallardNewsTribune.com: Isan-inspired Thai food coming to Ballard with Pestle Rock
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