Photo: Morning shopping.

Eat and meet

Hole-in-the-wall eateries and colourful markets are the order of the day in Dan Sai.

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A selection of food shops are clustered along Kaeo Asa Road and sell Thai staples, including some specialising in Isaan fare like laap (spicy salad with minced meat) and gaeng pa (jungle curry). Towards the northern side of Kaeo Asa and best in the morning, Tesaban market is a good place to browse the local veggies while picking up fresh fruit, handmade Thai sweets and sun-dried fish. Across the road, a small congregation of street cart vendors come out at night to offer grilled Isaan sausages and meats-on-sticks.

Further south, Kafe Kunnai (sign only in Thai but it’s the only obvious coffee shop around) does a decent fresh coffee along with pork-noodle soup and a few simple rice dishes in the adjacent restaurant. A couple of computers are available if you need to check your email. The same owners run a small homestay out of a stilted wood house behind the restaurant for a pricey 500 baht per bed. Kunnai also has live music on some nights, and it could be a fun place to have a few drinks with the locals.

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