Next morning, after a splendid breakfast in the executive lounge ( I had smoked salmon and sushi as a first followed by my all time favorite, egg over medium on toast with bacon) we headed off to get our Visas for Laos. We took water transport down to the Skyway and found ourselves well treated by a vendor who had the passports back in our hotel room by mid-afternoon. (Anytime I am asked to surrender my passport, I am thrown into the character of Natalie Jastrow in Winds of War – “Don’t let them take your American passport, Natalie …” I pleaded with her as I read the book - )
Next we were off to see the amazing traditional Thai house of silk entrepreneur, Jim Thompson. I am learning fast that everything in
Then last evening we dined at a marvelous place called Face. (the food theme will be front and center here in
Our plan today was to visit the
Coconut milk on the street
I think I saw a billion amulets today. I kept thinking Miraculous Medal, and it all made sense … sort of. One of the rules of amulets is you cannot but one for yourself, so if you see one you like, you urge a friend to buy it for you. Nothing really grabbed me, but Jim found just the right thing for Mary Beth.
you can get your palm read on the street
Then it was off to Chote Chitr for lunch. This five table restaurant is a real gem. The proprietor and cook is named Tim Krachoichuli and since there is not a word of English posted anywhere, she tells you what you ought to order if this is your first visit. There is this wonderful sticky noodle concoction called mee krob. Then there is banana flower salad. And the simple looking kaotang nahtang is deceivingly complex and delicious rice cake with Thai salsa. But the dish that really had our eyes rolling in our heads was the salad with salmon. The salmon was a steak and it was crispy and perfectly done on a bed of salad vegetables that were seasoned with a contrasting piquant sauce.