Living Like A Thai Day 12: Going Native, Almost

Hygene essentials

For the past 10 days or so I’ve been rediscovering all the little Thai markets with great Thai food and Issan food and for the life of me I don’t know why I have wasted money eating at expat type restaurants other than convenience and being lazy.

No matter what budget you are on you can easily survive food wise on 100 baht a day…and by easily I mean a full stomach and tasty food. And if you go a little more Thai then you won’t be spending much more for the the necessities.

Living Like a Thai Day 12

Pork Skewers and Thai pancakes

This morning I woke up to poring down rain and spent most of the morning in on the internet. Around 11am the rain broke and I walked up to the food market at the other end of Soi Boocow Buaciow Buakow by Pattaya Thai and got some Thai cakes and pork skewers for breakfast/lunch and at 30 baht ( $1.02 ) it was a cheap eat. After I ate I realized I forgot to get the essentials, namely soap and toothpaste and made a mental note when I went to the night market later to check out the small Thai household goods shop.

After playing around on the internet all afternoon I headed to the night market on Soi Buakow and wandered through all the food stalls finally settling on some Wu Chai ( Fried Vegetable tofu )and chicken skewers for dinner and another 30 baht ( $1.02 ). After making my Purchase I headed to the small household goods shop at the front of the market to take a look around. You can find everything here from pots and pans to plates, cups and flatware. My search was for cleaning products and they have plenty of that stuff too.

Fried tofu and chicken skewers

After a small look around I found what I was looking for…tooth paste, soap and shampoo. The bar of Thai soap was all of 12 baht ( $.40 ) and it smells really good too, sweet lavender me thinks. The Shampoo was close by and that was 20 baht ( $ .68 ) for the small bottle even though the bottle itself says 39 baht ( $1.32 ). Finally I settled on a small tube of Darlie toothpaste for 12 baht ( $.40 ). Darlie changed their name a few years back from Darkie and yes their mascot was a man in blackface and still kinda is  :P

All in all a very good day for food and hygene essentials. I spent my entire budget for the day and everything is how it should be.

Observations today: The small Thai markets have everything and are always cheaper than the chain markets and I really need to do more shopping at them.

From the e-mail bag:

Talen, you really should consider stopping the experiment now. Eating tofu is just one step above eating dog food and it is dangerously bad for your health.

Okay, seriously people tofu is really good eating. This particular tofu that I had again this evening is made with vegetables and is really tasty.  I’ve had no less than 7 people e-mail me or comment about tofu. Tofu from a health standpoint has it’s good and bad points. The good: tofu is packed with protein has very little fat and is purported to lower cholesterol. The Bad: apparently overeating or eating too much tofu can affect your thyroid gland and in older people too much tofu can supposedly lead to dementia. I like it…it’s crunchy goodness in a bag or on a stick.

Living Like a Thai Day 12 Totals

Purchase Amount Cost Total
Breakfast/Lunch 1 30 baht 30 baht
Dinner 1 30 baht 30 baht
Soap 1 bar 12 baht 12 baht
Shampoo 1 small bottle 20 baht 20baht
Toothpaste 1 small tube 12 baht 12 baht
Todays Totals 104 baht ( $3.54 )
June Total 1866 1970 baht ( $67.07 )
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16 Comment(s)

  1. Wow. Didn’t know that about Tofu, Talen.

    Go native Baby !

    Fascinating progression as you approach the half-way mark for the month !

    Joe | Jun 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. talen did you weigh* yourself before the start of all of this? You must be losing some with the limited food and reduction in booze

    *even on your meagre budget this should be possible without breaking the camel’s back

    arch stanton | Jun 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. As regards to water consumption, could you not buy a 20 litre bottle for 10bt. They are available everywhere. Whilst there is a 60/70bt deposit on the bottle, you could decant the content on the last day, and reclaim your deposit and splurge!

    Nick | Jun 13, 2011 | Reply

  4. I picked up a couple of tubes of Darkie toothpaste when I was in Singapore a few years back.

    When it was Darkie the guy on the package looked like Buckwheat on acid.

    As I recall it was pretty good toothpaste – kind of like Colgate.

    ChuckWow | Jun 13, 2011 | Reply

  5. Talen, a number of Americans I know feel that tofu or anything with soya is evil. Thais have been eating soya for yaks ages so I don’t know what gives.

    Catherine | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  6. Cat I was one of those Americans until I visited Thailand…

    Talen | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  7. Chuck, it’s not a bad toothpaste and the old packaging is classic.

    Talen | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  8. Nick, I could buy a 20 litre bottle but I really don’t want to lug it around or try to find a spot for it in the condo.

    Talen | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  9. Arch, I did weigh myself before I started and will do so again when I finish…I wouldn’t say food has been limited though as I have been eating well in my eyes.

    Talen | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  10. I wouldnt be going to the gym if i were you, not for weight lifting anyway, you need lots of protein to build muscles.

    If you go to the Gym and not taking in enough protein, you end up loosing muscle mass instead of building it up.

    Rob | Jun 14, 2011 | Reply

  11. Rob, I’m actually getting a good amount of protein from chicken, pork and tofu…not enough to be muscle building but good enough in general.

    Talen | Jun 15, 2011 | Reply

  12. What’s Thai cakes? I imagine rice is involved somehow.

    Rambone | Jun 16, 2011 | Reply

  13. Rambone, to be honest I’m not reall sure what they are actually made of but they are very tasty.

    Talen | Jun 17, 2011 | Reply

  14. You can clean your teeth with salt or (better) baking powder actually- ‘toothpaste’ is a fairly recent, bourgeois luxury. Enjoying your blog, cheers to you and keep it up.

    Marc | Jun 18, 2011 | Reply

  15. Marc, I think I will stick with the bourgeois luxury of toothepaste…a mouthful of salt or baking powder doesn’t appeal to me …

    Talen | Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

  16. wow. love the mail bag…didn’t know that about taooohooooooo na ka.

    Lani | Jun 23, 2011 | Reply

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