Khao soi in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I will miss you, $1 Pad Thai: What I ate in Thailand.

What I ate in Chiang Mai and Bangkok.

On my last stint in Thailand, my last stint in Asia, before heading home after 15 months of travel abroad, I spent a month in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. And I ate. A lot. $1 in Thailand goes far, with most of my meals costing around 30 Thai Baht.

I at a lot of stir-fries in Bangkok (like sweet and sour chicken and beef Lard na). I ate a lot of Khao soi, a northern Thai staple, in Chiang Mai. I ate whole fish and vegetables and tofu and pork noodles and fried morning glory and mango sticky rice at the Chiang Mai night market and Sunday Walking Street and on a day trip to Huay Tung Tao Lake. I ate spring rolls and fried chicken off the street. I ate a lot of ham and cheese toasties from 7-Eleven.

And, of course, I ate a lot of $1 pad thai (I’ll miss pad thai being so plentiful, but at least I know how to make it).

What I ate in Thailand:


Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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