Thai takeaway

Sweet and refreshing Thai iced tea

Drink in a bag photo by Shanti, shanti on Flickr

Takeaway meals and drinks come in all manner of containers around the world. Did you know that a popular way to take away food in Thailand is in bags? You can even order a drink to take away and it will come in a bag with handles and a straw stuck in for sipping.

You can attach the bag on to your motorbike handles or the little hook on the back of the seat in front of you on the bus. Very convenient, but just remember not to set it down!

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Marie Szamborski
Marie lives in Auckland, New Zealand but was born in the United States and is a dual-national. She has lived in five countries altogether but sees New Zealand as her real home base. She loves travel, and living in multi-cultural Auckland is the next best thing to being out there.
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  • I’ve never seen a drink served like this before. It must be less wasteful than a plastic cup. I’m sure I would put it down by mistake though!

  • Yes, but you only make that mistake once! Not that I know anything about that. Oh no!

  • Nuria

    Lol! That’s common here in Costa Rica as well, mostly with sodas…but I guess it’s more popular among kids and teenagers. I used to get Coke like this when I was in school! :) The only difference is our bags don’t have handles…

  • Oh my gosh, no handles? How do you hold on to it? I think I’d have many accidents:-o

  • Alice

    This brings back memories… during my honeymoon in Thailand on the island of Koh Tao we took a day trip around the island on a boat to do some snorkling. We stopped at one place that had a cafe and I bought an iced coffee. We weren’t sure how much time we had so i asked for a takeaway. They gave it to me in a plastic bag with a straw – i don’t remember any handles. Then we discovered our boat was leaving so i had to swim back to the boat holding the bag of iced coffee above the water in one hand. It was very funny!

  • What a great story! I’ve got a crazy image in my head of someone who just won’t give up the caffeine fix, even if it means swimming with it:-)

  • aiden

    i was served coke in a bag with a straw when i went to thailand in 1984.