Sitting on the plane for 24 hours, on my first trip to Thailand, from Canada, I read through the Lonely Planet guide to the "Land of Smiles'. I read that the water was dirty, thus one should not drink Lemonade or fruit drinks from street sellers, the soup is made from the same water and the vegetables are cleaned in the same mirky mix. Street vendors were written off of dispensers of microbes. So I found myself wandering the streets of Bangkok scared to death to eat anything. I entered a small restaurant and ordered a Coke. Sitting at the next table was a young man happily slirping up a plate of noodles. We began to talk. He was Israeli. He asked why I was not eating. I related what I had read in Lonely Planet. His reply was "bullshit, eat, the food is great!" So I ate. I enjoyed the papaya salades, the jack fruit shakes, the grilled squid & of course chicken satay in peanut sauce, all cooked to perfection by the smiling street vendors.
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