Day 31 - Yay we're in Chiang Mai!

Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After a rather sleepless night on the train we slowly emerged from our sleeper bunks at 7:30 when the train staff started doing the rounds for coffee orders. Bleary eyed we decided to head to the restaurant cart, mainly to escape the smell of wee coming from the toilet next door, but also to see if there was some breakfast around. The guys ordered some sandwiches and we sat and chatted in the cart before heading to our own one to wait out the last few hours of our trip. Due to the delayed start of the journey and the many stops on route we only got to the Chiang Mai station at 14:00 - a very long trip. We were excited to get off the train and start our Chiang Mai stint.
We organized a saungtauw taxi from the station to our hotel and were very pleased to see we had once again found a lovely little haven. We immediately headed to the pool and had a great swim accompanied by fruit shakes, beers and food next to the pool. So needed!
Tess then gave her Thai friend, Khun Nee a call and just like that Nee offered to pick us up for a Khantoke evening at 18:15. What a star!
So we gathered up our washing and dropped it off next door (11 kgs of washing charged at around R5 a kg. what a bargain). We then rested and chilled out before K Nee arrived to get us. What a lovely moment to be reunited with a friend after 7 years! After much hugging she offered to take us to a lovely temple before dinner. It was spectacular and although we couldn't go in we enjoyed looking at the pagoda all lit up and banged on some of bells outside for good luck.
Then it was off to Khantoke for dinner. Khantoke is actual a round platter on which different Northern Thai dishes are placed but the evening has been named after this platter and way of eating. We each received a bowl of clear broth and then the dishes arrive. Spicy minced pork in tomato mix, crackling, fried chicken, pumpkin, veggies etc all prepared in a Northern style. Complete with sticky and steamed rice. What a feast!
Next came the Thai dance show. We enjoyed the sword dance and candle dances along with the others. Then fruit and rice cakes arrived for dessert. When the show was over we walked down to the small lapa for the hill tribe part of the show. Here the different hill tribe dances and customs were presented and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A highlight was watching the kids do hop scotch through moving bamboo poles. Very impressive.
As we walked out all the hill tribe wares were on sale and mom really appreciated all the handicrafts that these people do. The kids were also super cute and she couldn't resist getting a pic or two.
After a lovely evening we said good night and thank you to our special friend K Nee and she so cleverly helped us arrange a taxi for tomorrow and a time to meet her at the school where Tess worked. We've got an exciting day planned for tomorrow so headed to bed for some much needed sleep. Yay Chiang Mai is fantastic and so much cooler than Bangkok which helps a lot!
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Brother 1 on

Hey Guys.
It will be pityful to try and compete with the literary genius, incredibly humour and visual delights of this blog but this being considered - Helloooooo! Missing you!
Cant lie, must have aged my bladder buy a few hundred years after catching up on th blog and massivly jelous of the awesome experience. Was worried the folks had not really arrived and you were photoshopping them into unreal pics but now see lots of Tea and Beers being included....
Enjoy every moment, have one for us and keep the news flowing and the humour real! The Girls all send their love & kisses & would like a Tiger please.
Bye Me -The Big littler Brother
(Really quiet in SA with the majority of the family touring - beer consumption down by +-30%)

kate on

Lucky fishes.
Why have we not had a shot of Anton's plate of food? I feel deprived.

Doryn on

I love this part of Thailand

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