Sukothai is on the tourist maps for it's ye old ruins but we love it's ye old songthaews.
Great driver roof crap.
Sukothai's main drag is a busy intercity not-quite-a-highway.
The side streets can have a buzz to them, depending on the time of day. Sukothai seems not that much different to when Shawn was last here fifteen years ago, though he can't find the internet cafe where the local kids beat him mercilessly at Counter-Strike.
We're getting food cranky so the first soup guy we saw is our saviour. This is what pointing and smiling got us. BBQ pork with rice noodles.
Later we find a market with an early evening hum to it.
We're in the mood for some pick'n'mix or economy rice from an awesome lady selling fresh cooked home style dishes on the side of the road. We have to queue up, it's just like Sydney.
Highway Thailand looks golden dreamy. Must be cocktail hour.
Takeaway Thailand style. Shawn is yet to master the art of undoing the rubber bands.
Our takeaway plated up all Donna-Hay-like. Alison made the most wise purchasing decision ever made in Thailand - a couple of blue plastic plates. These are just like you would eat off in a street stall and cost basically nothing in a kitchenware shop. With plates and sporks we now have access to all the takeaway stuff at markets - and the takeaway stuff is often the very, very best on offer.
Some blue plastic plates are a great souvenir too. Back in Sydney Alison complete the set with some that super thin, cheap metal cutlery from an Asian supermarket. We use it whenever we cook something SouthEast Asian.
Seriously, if you dig Thai street food then bring a plate. Don't make us remind you.
The takeaway is washed down with a SangSom Slurpie. Praise 7 Eleven.
We hit the same market in the morning and monk bob-a-job is underway.
Nearby we find a little wet market with a couple of food stalls.
The drink and snackety cart looks perfect for breakfast.
Figurines on a ye olde ruin-y bit next to the drink cart.
One of our absolute all-time favourite street food meals is simply a slow poached egg in a cup, with a little seasoning and pepper for those that want to get fancy.
After breakfast we wander the shopping area and marvel at this sweetie steamer. Gotta try some of these...
Coconut and pandan steamed sweeties.
Palm sugar sweetie.
A brand-spanking new wet market is almost ready.
Sukothai's official standover gang.
There's an official nightmarket which we never got around to visiting at night. But here it is in the day. Not much happening, but we love the spooky dark calm of closed Asian markets.
There's a pick'n'mix stall open at the front of the market which makes a great brunch. Thai sausage, beans and mushrooms. They'd charge you thirty five bucks for some such frank'n'beans in Surry Hills.
A snack of deep fried tofu knots, super light with a brittle crunch. Twenty bucks in Surry Hills, cooked by some white guy who had a holiday once in Thailand and was really influenced by the streetfood. Plus surcharge.
We read that Sukothai noodles is a must-try dish, so we try to find some.
Egg noodles with bits. Is this Sukothai noodles? Who knows.
We get a little shitfaced in a tourist pub and end up in a latenight side of the road joint.
We end up with a squid stir fry with a Patrick starfish of rice.
Wonder what that was? It's hard to find a roadside stir fry, we're happy.
We are warned by this vicious gang member to get out of town without bothering to see all the ye-olde ruins and stuff, so we do.