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One time, I saw a sign across the road, opposite of Marianas Medical Clinic, a ” Thai Restaurant”, it felt intriguing somehow, after I have tried few Thai Restaurants in Manila, I thought I couldn’t try a real Thai food outside Thailand. It proved me wrong. Somewhere in the islands of Northern Mariana somehow a kind of real Thai cuisine and spirit.

Saipan Northern Mariana Islands

 

Oh yeah! $9.95 here would do that. First I was the “Buena Mano” customer as I would say it was an “honor” to start a brand new business day. Just a special day for me, I was welcomed with Thai music on the air!!!

Saipan, Northern Mariana Island

It felt like Thailand once more…Just a little sound of a homecoming isn’t it!? I saw once again some Buddhas painted on the walls, an ever treasured portrait of the Thai’s King and Queen and a photo of Wat Arun Temple. As I stand before these figures, I felt warmth and a little pride about myself, “Oh I was here!”

Saipan Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan Northern Mariana Islands

Finally, the Buffet table was ready and “Brunch” is served!!! I am not really keen about the names if the food but I was pretty sure I have tried them before. Great food once again! A real taste of Thailand.

Saipan Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan Northern Mariana Islands

The server asked me if the food was good. I said “Aloy!” To my surprise she and all the staff are Thais! It felt like they are close to my heart as Thailand is an amazing country I have been. A soft spoken woman whom I told briefly about my amazing journeys in her birthplace, said to me a sweet “Kup khun Kah”.

 

Now, before I leave the place, I took some photos. Dark as it may seem, I only used my old phone. Some tourists I shared a little chitchat with asked me if it was expensive to travel to Thailand, I said, “Three times inexpensive that to travel in a place like Saipan”. Can you imagine? And they are Chinese!!! Darn!