Saturday, October 1, 2011

Saturday morning livestock market

This morning Michael and I walked into Sanpatong to the Saturday morning livestock market. It is reputed to be the largest cattle and water buffalo market in northern Thailand. We just set out in the morning and after about a 5 K walk found the market. Actually the walk itself was pretty cool as we got to see more of the area. It only took a single wrong turn before we found what we were looking for and along the way we found a white water buffalo grazing beside the road. The market was big. All kinds of cattle, buffalo, chickens and fighting cocks, geese and these big beetles on a string. Not sure what they do with the beetles. I will have to ask tomorrow when we see Ratch and Rocha.

And of course it wasn't just for livestock it was a huge flea market. I liked the fishing gear that included some hand made cast nets and little fish trap baskets. And near the livestock there were halters and things for the cattle. I can never resist a good cow bell! We wandered around for a while and then headed back to the main road where there was more market. We have seen lots of durian and I have to give Michael credit for trying it. I can never get past the smell.

So about noon we headed back to our resort, thinking we could get a taxi along the way. A good number of them past us but never stopped even when Michael waved. It worked out okay though because right about lunch time we were at this great little noodle shop near the Kaomai Lanna. So we had noodles with chicken and pigs blood in curry soup. It was very good although I didn't finish my pigs blood.

This afternoon I went for a swim in the big and beautiful pool here at the resort and then spoiled myself with a foot massage at the spa. An hour foot massage for about $15, you just can't beat it.

Hope you are all well and enjoying the blog. I can't tell because no one ever leaves comments. If you want more information about items I have mentioned or just more photos or food descriptions let me know.

Blessings to all,



  1. I'm not sure if you or Michael are taking the pictures, but they are great -- really clear. I finally sat down today and read all the entries. Sounds like you are having a great time -- and eating lots of good food. I'm intrigued by the pork and kale dish, two of my favorite foods!