April 5, 2010
From Chiang Mai I took the bus to Tak. The guidebooks barely mention this city, but I went anyway. And once again, in Tak, my travel philosophy is reconfirmed: “No matter where I go, there is always something interesting, even fascinating, to see, to discover.”
I wandered out of the Wiang Tak Hotel into the searing afternoon heat. Along the tree-shaded lanes I found old teak homes and a proud city hall. I stopped for lunch at a food shop and ordered som tam – the traditional searing-hot green papaya salad. I requested “nueng plick” - only one red chili pepper for me, please. The som tam lady smiled. The recipe calls for a handful.