Trat was much better than we dreamed! It was a lovely little town, very accessible, and with a great market. We stayed at a perfectly fine little place near the market (although it had no tea kettle, a first in SEAsia, and the attached "coffee shop" was usually unmanned, even in the morning when one would really like a cup of coffee please, in a place that doesn't seem to have other places where a girl can get up a cup of coffee).
We took a songthaew -- a kind of shared truck tuk-tuk that holds 6-8 people, open-sided -- from the ferry to our hotel, and after hot showers that were necessary from being splashed incessantly on the chilly, wild speedboat ride from Koh Mak, we headed out for some lunch. There was a "seafood noodle" place a block or so away, so that's where we went:
|the kitchen area|
|see the large menu on the wall? know what it says? neither did we!|
|The woman who took our order simplified the menu for us: "I have seafood soup|
and pork soup." We ordered the seafood soup, and it sure enough was full of seafood.
And check out the table cloth -- it was all Disney.
|the soup, which was good, and the restaurant exterior, which was so charming|
|the scene -- well, one very tiny corner of it (the least-populated corner, actually, which is where I was sitting).|
|I just love seeing him out doing his thing -- this is one of his happy places,|
roaming around a market in SEAsia.
the night market -- well, rather my tiny corner of it
|They excel at frying chicken, leaving us scratching our heads over the presence of a KFC.|
|Marc found these donuts, shaped like a bear claw but really just super yummy fried dough with a nice coating|
of a sugar glaze -- so good I didn't think to take a picture until I'd eaten more than half of this one.
|Marc buying a couple of curry pastes and doing his best through the language divide.|
This is one of my favorite things to watch.
|Picking through the various options, so focused and intent.|
|I always love seeing him walk toward me after he buys something -- he's always so excited.|
|This was my view -- I finally realized that it was Saturday, so maybe the market was extra busy because|
of that.....no idea. But it was nice watching everyone come and go, while Marc did his thing.
|The older kids were pulling this little girl through the market in this blue tub, and|
they were all having a blast.
The rest of our travel day was long, and we didn't get to our hotel in Taipei until right around midnight, but that's a story for the next post.