Wednesday's mission saw us heading into Korat, the nearest city about 40 minutes from the village, so source a bicycle and some t-shirts for merchandising printing. Korat would probably be as comparatively big to Brisbane, with all the major shopping malls, outlets, traffic, people, large streets and organised chaos. It's good to know that their most prestigious shopping centre, innovatively called 'The Mall' is well overstocked with art supplies ranging from brushes, paints, paper, mediums, pastels, pencils and other high quality art materials. The price probably slightly cheaper than that in Australia, but at least it would mean a lighter luggage load for the artists if they choose to purchase their materials here.
After a few smaller scale shops, we hit the jackpot warehouse where the other shops most likely stocked their supplies from. We found a bargain, and carried two oversized bags of black shirts to scout some much deserved lunch nearby. Much to my delight they were selling meat on a stick and sour green mango. The fact that the meat itself was chicken bums didn't faze me, as my hunger and the taste definitely outgrew the potential thoughts in my head.
|Sliced Green mango served with chilli sugar|
We found the perfect bike in a shop tucked away in one of the back streets, boasting every kind of bike accessory you could imagine. Basket, bag holder, bell, mudguards, good size and good price!
Coming back into Phimai, it was time to drop off the numerous t-shirts to the man who was actually screen printing onto them. His shop, tucked behind a restaurant by daylight, was also alongside the street that set up as a market at night. This market is where we sourced our dinner for the night, picking up some Som Tum (green papaya salad), Gai Yang (BBQ chicken), pork curry, beef jerky, and some other veggies to eat.
|Curry in a hurry!|