After our late night arrival in Thailand, Kristin and I awoke mid-morning to begin our only full day in Bangkok. After a quick morning coffee, we ambled over to Ratchadamnoen Klang Road to the nearest bus stop; after watching dozens of buses pass, we finally saw our number and had to run out into the street to flag it down. We boarded and eventually arrive at our destination, Chatuchak Weekend Market. Known as Asia's largest market, Chatuchak covers a 35-acre area and houses over 8,000 different stalls selling a myriad of goods: clothing, ceramics, furniture, artwork, handicrafts, books, and of course, food.
After a long trip back to the Khaosan Road area and a little rest, it was time for a couple of beers and some dinner. We again indulged in street food along Khaosan road, and debated trying some insects (yes, the picture above is a selection of bugs). Many insects are considered a delicacy in Thai cuisine; the maeng da, a gaint water bug, is said to taste like gorgonzola cheese! Other insects on offer include grasshopper (far left), scorpions (first in back-left), termites, bee larvae, and silkworms. They are mostly deed-fried with a selection of different spices (kaffir lime leaves, cumin, coriander, and/or chilies). I have been known to eat insects, but I don't think I've ever paid for any before. One scorpion cost 30 bot ($1 US), the same as a whole dish of pad thai!