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Thailand's edible bug buzz
The insect stalls on Bangkok's Rambutri Road are popular among tourists and locals alike.
Scorpions, spiders, silkworms and other insects fill trays at the market.
Doming, left, and Selina from Germany try a scorpion and silkworms for the first time. "We eat all the animals, so why not insects?" Selina said. "We just don't find them in our country. Silkworms taste like chips or nuts, and they're good." The couple spent 180 baht ($5.30) on the snacks.
Tiago, a tourist from Portugal, poses before eating a scorpion. "It's very dry and crispy," he said after a thorough chew. "Not bad, but I prefer beef steak."
Khaosan Road, a mecca for backpackers in Bangkok, stays hopping late into the night. Rambutri Road runs parallel to Khaosan about 100 meters north.
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