Today is my very last day in Thailand. Once I get back to Taiwan, these two amazing two weeks will be memories, accessible only via all my photos, and I expect continuous banter with those whom I've connected via Telegram, WhatsApp, Discord and Facebook (yup, it still has its purpose in life).
The morning started off with breakfast and a proper cuppa courtesy of @travelgirl. This is Twinnings Australian Afternoon tea, something that we don't have in UK.
I had about an hour to spare before heading off to the airport, not enough time to do anymore sightseeing. The shops weren't open yet, not that I was going to buy anything as I only had 600 baht on me. I needed 200 for the taxi to the airport and 400 baht doesn't get you very far, even in Thailand. I went for a walk nearby the hotel instead. I've been staying here for three full days, went out of town on two, so haven't really had a chance to know the area.
My hotel is nestled down a little side road, just enough for one car to pass through, and is a little distance away from the main roads. There are other small hotels and a few cafes located down this road. People, mainly tourist were having breakfast and I could smell the coffee aroma as I walked along.
I turned down another alley way, the vibe here was quite different. There were some residential houses, and a small temple, or rather an altar.
There's a beautifully woven object standing by the altar. It's made of some type of leaves, and I'm not sure what it is. I tried carefully to pick one up to take a closer look, then I realised they were all weaven together at the top!! Whatever it is, it's an intricate piece of craft.
I walk past an art store a few doors down. I don't know if this is the artist's own shop or if these are mass produced as I recall seeing some similar artwork at the night market the previous evening. Not that I know anything about art or am in a position to critique, as a laymen, I like art that makes me happy, and this ticked the box for me.
I turned another corner and arrived at the market behind my hotel. I've walked past it a few times on the way back in the evening when it's closed and looked a bit creepy. In daylight it was totally different.
I recognise the fresh fruit and veg from the few Thai curries I've had.
Not sure what's inside these banana leave packets. Would have loved to find out had I not just had breakfast. All the rest of the snacks looked very tempting.
If you fancy making your own Thai curry, all the herbs and spices are ready packed for you. Different spices for the different curries. Or for the more experienced cooks, you can choose from a wide variety of spices.
And finally I arrived back to the hotel. Time to say goodbye to this charming place I called home for four nights and off to the airport.
Goodbye Thailand and SteemFest, till next year.