The Thai Floating Markets! Long Tail Thai boats are loaded high with fruits and the smell of cooking fills the air. I have never had fruits that tasted so rich, and I had my first try at Mango with Sticky Rice, topped with Coconut Milk. It is delicious. I don’t even like coconut, and I had coconut pudding and coconut candy. Truthfully, it tasted nothing like the coconuts I’ve tasted before. The watermelon was deep red and reminded me of childhood days when opening a ripe watermelon in the backyard started a party!
There is nothing like the Thai Mango. There are so many different kinds, hybrids developed in Thailand, that I won’t even go into them. Who cares about their names anyway? Luscious, delicious, and heavenly, my daughter and I were there at the beginning of the best season for mango. Mango on sticks, with sticky rice, in drinks, smoothies, fried, grilled…you name it. Incredible. The mango is very important in Thai culture, a part of feng shui philosophy: planting a mango tree on the south side of your home will bring good fortune to the family. After tasting them, I say it is good luck to be able to eat them! It’s not like you can easily buy Thai mangoes in the USA. The best substitute, they say, is Mexican mango.
The floating market will explain itself best in photos. Of course there were snake charmers, but fortunately there were no cobras. Whew. Enjoy the color and the life!
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