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Kathu Market - 2017-2019

This market was an early discovery in migrating to Thailand. It's a magnet for activity. Across the street are some of the cheaper farang bars where we'd play pool. It was exotic and created the paradigm shift of moving to a very foreign country. Behind the market was a dance school which may have closed now. I think you'll see the classic red Thai pants in one of the photos. There's lots of raw food, prepared food and a dry goods store and others. It's amazing there aren't more traffic accidents. There is a high death toll among drivers in Thailand but I believe it's because they don't wear helmets. There are frequently 4 or more people on a motorbike or motorbike with sidecar. There are motorbikes carrying huge cargoes.

The available fruits include many I was not even aware of - 20 types of bananas, several types of mangoes, rambuten, dragon fruit, durian, jackfruit... the list goes on and on. Then there are varieties of rice, there are local sweets (they have a high tolerance for sweet here), many chilled drinks and smoothies. Occasionally there are disabled people singing and playing musical instruments - people with deformities and severed limbs.

The parking is pretty much everywhere, mostly motorbikes. The motorbikes ride down the sidewalks. Once darkness falls, about 6 or 6:30 year round, bright bare bulbs light up the stalls.

Some of these leaves have a mild narcotic that people chew for enjoyment. There has been so much to learn here.  
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  The thunder grew louder and closer on the mountains. A few drops of rain tentatively touched the sidewalk between the food carts in the market. Vendors were rushing to get ahead of the approaching storm pulling canopies out on all sides so that it's hard to pass thru upright. I finished my shopping arrogantly ignoring the storm. I arrived at our standard restaurant to pick up my takeaway order. As I waited I noticed a man stop with his 7 year old son. They came into the restaurant that has no walls or windows. Patrons began to move toward the center of the building. The man pulled out a thin rainsuit and dressed his son. None for him, but he was certain to dress his son. We all rode away into the storm. I hit a deep puddle and became grateful I was a careful rider.
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