Cooking up a storm in Chiang Mai

Trip Start Dec 06, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Friday, January 4, 2013

Right, Anna's back in the blogging world!

We spent 3 nights in Chiang Mai and it was a pretty cool city. We enjoyed walking around the Old Town and exploring the night bazaar, but the definite highlight was a cooking class we did last night with Baan Thai. We are now Thai master chefs (well ok... That is a slight exaggeration). We spent 4-5 hours with a group of French Canadians and Germans, learning the ins and outs of authentic Thai cooking/cuisine. The evening started with a tour of the fresh food market. So many amazing vegetables and fruits for sale! We tried a mangosteen (a delicious tropical fruit, local to south east Asia) new favourite fruit!

We both got to cook 4 different meals and see how an authentic curry paste is made. It was a great experience. I am definitely not used to the fast paced cooking style that Thais use, but it was super easy and the instructors made it fail safe!

We left Chiang Mai this morning, and went to Pai on a minivan. We had heard about how windy this road was (they say there are 762 curves) and most websites warn you to take a spew bag just in case. Given that I woke up feeling a little under the weather it is fair to say I was feeling pretty nervous about the drive. But man, once we got going, I couldn't have cared less about the curves - it was an amazing Road! The scenery was brilliant, the driver was semi safe, only taking approximately half the corners at breakneck speed, and we only had one false alarm when another passenger felt ill, which actually led to a welcome leg stretch. All in all the drive was certainly something to remember!

Arriving in Pai we headed towards the river to find somewhere to stay. We crossed a rickety bamboo bridge which I thought we were going to fall through! Then we explored a few guest houses. Most were bungalows with heaps of character. We found some we wanted to stay in but they weren't available until tomorrow, so we booked in and gave ourselves another treat - staying in the more luxurious place around the corner. I'll admit, it was the pool that sold me! Walking around in the heat with our packs had us both hanging out for a swim!

An afternoon chilling out swimming, reading and catching up with family and friends (thank you viber!) was just what the doctor ordered!

We enjoyed dinner next to the river by candle light (until I managed to break the candle holder... Whoops) and were even serenaded... By the worst combination of music ever - there is a party on the other side of the river tonight that was organised by a ladyboy, but boy oh boy whoever they chose to 'DJ' has no idea. Blasting the music full boom at 7pm, cutting songs half way through, and playing the worst remixes I have ever heard. But nothing could stop us enjoying ourselves, it was lovely! The music just added character to the night.

Well that's Jamie and Anna's world at the moment! I hope everyone is happy and well.
We will write again soon.
Much love, A & J
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