Travel: Budget travelers binge on street food in Asia

(From Mekong Tourism)

If you’re anything like me, you’re interested in watching your budget when you travel, and one of the biggest factors when planning that budget is figuring out your expense for food.  So here’s my advice:  COMMIT TO THE STREET FOOD!

With so much variety in the food on the corner or down the alley, there’s really no sacrifice made when you enjoy your meals on the street.

With so much variety in the food on the corner or down the alley, there’s really no sacrifice made when you enjoy your meals on the street.

If you do that, you’ll put your cash directly into the local economy, never run out of cash to grub, and spend your time more wisely while you’re sitting at your table absorbing the local day-today life rather than waiting for your food in a restaurant.

No matter which Asian city you find yourself in, rest assured there will be high quality eats available from vendors on the streets.  You’ll find that, while there are a plethora of choices everywhere, each city seems to have an unofficial comfort food specialty.  In Bangkok, it’s Kuay Tiew Nahm,  the spicy noodle soup featuring steamed veggies & pork.  In Hanoi, it’s Pho, Banh Mi & Bun Cha.  Hoi An corners the market on Com Ga (chicken & rice), and the list goes on and on.

With so much variety in the food on the corner or down the alley, there’s really no sacrifice made when you enjoy your meals on the street.  You can find just about anything, and at a fraction of the cost of a proper restaurant.

The most common question I hear when I suggest this money-saving, deep travel strategy is “Aren’t you worried about getting sick?  How do you know how if it’s safe?”  I have to admit that once upon a time, I had the same concerns.  Then I learned a few things. Read More



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