You all know the typical sight along rural highways: long rows of bamboo shacks/stalls manned by farm folk - usually all selling the same product (a seasonal fruit or something the region is famous for) over a stretch of sometimes several kilometers. Like, one seller every 150m or so, and then there are 20 or 25 of them in a row.
One could almost say it is an essential part of Thai culture to stop by the roadside on longer trips 'upcountry' and sample some fruit or local fare, or buy something to bring as souvenirs/gifts for the family or colleagues back home.
During my latest road trip from the Northeast back to Bangkok, I came up with the idea to make a list of all those I have encountered over the years (and can remember).
Some typical sales locations (according to my personal experience) in brackets.
- Cassava/sweet potato (man sampalang, man kaeo) [Maha Sarakham]
- Coconuts (wun maphrao)
- Forest honey (nam phueng pa) [around Ban Phai/Khon Kaen]
- Grilled chicken/fish and sticky rice (gai yang pla pao khao niao)
- Khao lam (sticky rice with beans, cooked in a bamboo tube)
- Oranges [Lopburi]
- Persimmones (luk phlap)
- Pineapples [Chiang Rai]
- Rat Meat (field rat: nuu naa) [Sa Kaeo]
- Sai mai (a kind of sweet related to the Thai crepe, roti)
- Sausage (Isaan style naem and local specialty mam) [Muang Phon/Khon Kaen]
- Sea salt [Samut Songkhram]
- Sugarcane juice
- Sweet corn
2) non-food items:
- Wheel caps & alloy rims
- Canvas & hard tops for the backs of pickup trucks
- Hammocks [Phetchabun, Chaiyaphum]
- Woven baskets & other assorted handicraft items
If you know of more things, it would be nice if you could share your observations here.
Last edited by ncr; 11-02-10 at 04:37 PM.
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