Sunday, April 12, 2015

Snake and scorpion whisky near Thailand Laos border



Isn’t it an awesome experience to  cross the river to step into another country ?! No visa . No immigration! Yes. That’s Golden triangle located  in the Chiang Mai province of Thailand.  This is the point where three countries, Thailand, Burma and Laos meet together. They are just separated by the muddy Mekong river. All that you need to do is to take a boat to reach the other side, to step in to Laos.
Left side shore is Laos. Boat boarding point in Thailand
As we boarded the boat  from Thailand, within 5 minutes our guide pointed to  a standing Buddha statue towards left side and said ‘ Look at the border of Myanmar’ ! A few meters away there were few buildings representing Myanmar’s  architectural elegance. Towards the right hand side he pointed and said ‘Now that is Laos.’ I suddenly remembered Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. He  once wished that his dream is to roam round the world without visa and passport. That was his dream of becoming a world citizen!
Myanmar casino on the bank of Mekong river
 I was told that the   golden triangle was once an opium growing   place.Now this unique place has grown into a tourist place with many casino buildings. Thailand doesn’t have legal land based casinos. This is the place that the Thai people intrude to test their luck in the luxury casino centers.
We skipped the casino centers and  reached  to  the other shore of the river – Laos country.  The place was full of shops selling souvenirs, currency, China made bags with all labels from Gucci to Louis Vuitton :- ) There were  few restaurants as well.
That doesn’t attract me after seeing markets after markets in Chiang Mai. The jars full of liquid and  some creepy stuff  inside intrigues me. Guess what ?! While the first jar had a   dead cobra, second had a huge lizard and the third one was with turtles and scorpions.The last jar had tiger penis. Our guide explains that the liquid is  rice whisky infused with the dead animals.
Creepy Whisky for tasting 

Lizard infused whisky
Each one has a therapeutic value. Turtle for long life, Lizard whisky for skin beautification and tiger penis as an aphrodisiac. Being vegetarian and coming from Indian traditional background it was hard to believe. People could drink this. Well, that is travel. It takes us to the world which we wouldn’t have imagined in dreams as well.
They are trying whisky shots
People started trying out the shots. As earlier confided neither I am adventurous about food nor brave hearted to try out fried insects or exotic whisky with snake. I  was happy clicking them.
There  were shops selling bottles of the animal infused whiskey and some of them were combination of one or two animals.  I can’t comment on the taste. But heard that it was mild in taste with the flavor of the animal inside. Snake and scorpion whisky bottles in different sizes were available for sale.

Have you ever tried such things? Pls share..

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5 comments:

  1. Wow, this is something different. Not sure if I would be able to try this :|

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    1. It really needs brave heart and nirvana stage to do that ! Those snakes followed me to my dreams :-)

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  2. It's great post! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks It'sgy. Glad that you liked it.

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  3. Been to Vietnam and they have similar stuff in HCMC Local Markets....
    Did you see Crickets and other edible insects in Sunday market ?

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