In a previous life, I spent a lot of time traveling around Southeast and South Asia. The basic rule of thumb is that if it is cooked fresh or comes out of a hot pot of some sort, it’s been through temps hot enough to kill bad bad bugs. It’s the stuff out of ambient temperature pots — you never know how long it’s been there — that will get ya’. And never eat anything that has mayonaise in it. This includes airline food — I’ve got some stories. I’m not sure what the rule is on fried insects…. A few years back, I remember reading about Bangkok street vendors — in a health sweep, it was found that about 75% of them were selling food with major health risks.
And Stupid American is right about water. Always drink bottled stuff. In addition to Hep A, a Hep B vaccination is a good idea, too.
Durian is cool. In the Philippines, durian is not permitted in cabin luggage. It stinks up the cabin air too much.
My company hotel was at the bottom of Sukumvit Road, Soi 3 or something like that. Flying in, we would eat light on the airplane, dump the bags, and immediately head up to an open-air eatery at about Soi 11. That was food….
Cool season pretty much corresponds to winter in North America. Comfortable — mid-80s and little rain.