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Food ingredient Wednesday Photo

Turmeric – Kamin (Wednesday Photo)

Gorgeous Turmeric Root

Turmeric Root
Turmeric root

Most people know turmeric in the dried form as found in Indian curry pastes. In the south of Thailand turmeric is used fresh in such dishes as Turmeric-Fried Catfish and also used dried in dishes such as Muslim Yellow Rice with Chicken and Roasted Spices (Kao Moek Gkai). It also appears raw on some of the vegetable platters that are routinely found on restaurant tables in the South. (You can see such a platter, albeit without turmeric, on our blog about Krua Nakhon Restaurant.)

I like this picture (taken in the Sunday market at Nakhon Si Thammarat) because it shows a beautiful root that lets you see exactly how the root grows.

You can read more about this root on Kasma’s page on turmeric.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week
highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

(As a side note, our first Wednesday photo was posted an May 5, 2009 so this is the start of our second year of Wednesday photos.)

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Buddhism Wednesday Photo

Another Nakhon Buddha (Wednesday Photo)

Buddha Statue in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Buddha Statue in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Buddha Statue in Nakhon Si Thammarat

The Dhamma isn’t far away, it’s right with us. The Dhamma isn’t about the angels on high or anything like that. It’s simply about us, about what we are doing right now. Observe yourself. Sometimes there is happiness, sometimes suffering, sometimes comfort, sometimes pain, sometimes love, sometimes hate. This is Dhamma, do you see? You have to read your experiences.

– Ajahn Chah, in Food for the Heart, p. 368.

From: Food for the Heart: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah. Ajahn Chah. Wisdom Publications, Somerville, MA, 2002.


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The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Buddhism Wednesday Photo

Nakhon Si Thammarat Buddha (Wednesday Photo)

Buddha Statue in Nakhon Si Thammarat

Buddha Statue, Nakhon Si Thammarat
Buddha Statue, Nakhon Si Thammarat

What did it mean that he [Kondanya, an early disciple of the Buddha] had seen the Dharma? He had attained knowledge and vision that all things arise in the beginning, change in the middle, and pass away in the end. “All things” means all phenomena of body and mind, and these characteristics apply to all of them without exception.

– Ajahn Chah, in Being Dharma, p. 155.

From: Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings. Ajahn Chah, Translated by Paul Breiter. Shambala, Boston & London, 2001.


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The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Travel Wednesday Photo

Temple Roof (Wednesday Photo)

Temple Roof, Nakhon Si Thammarat

Temple roof
Temple roof, Nakhon Si Thammarat

This should be a familiar sight to anyone who’s travelled in Thailand and visited a temple: the edge of the tiled roof, protected by a Naga. I particularly love the colored tiles and molding set off against the very blue sky.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Markets Thai Culture Wednesday Photo

Mobile Street Vendor (Wednesday Photo)

Ultra Mobile Street vendor

Mobile street vendor
Mobile street vendor

This picture was taken on the streets of Nakhon Si Thammarat and gives a good sense of how some street vendors move their operation from home to a selling location. I saw this go past on the street, ran almost a whole block and snapped it just as she was about to pull away from a red light.

This vendor has it fairly easy and gets to use a motor cycle to move her operation; others are not so lucky and pull them along by hand.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Markets Wednesday Photo

Nakhon Market Vendors (Wednesday Photo)

Nakhon Si Thammarat Vendors

Two market vendors
Two market vendors

The markets of Thailand are filled with colorful, delicious looking ingredients and finished food. By far the best part of the markets are the vendors themselves. These two young women are selling curry pastes at the Sunday market in Nakhan Si Thammarat, in southern Thailand. It’s a lively and extensive market and well worth a visit. We go and graze our way through the market – there’s plenty of prepared food as well as ingredients for any Thai dish you could imagine.

We have more market pictures on the website. If you’re in Nakhon Si Thammarat, try Wang Derm for breakfast!


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.