Day 31 - Yay we're in Chiang Mai!
Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
105Trip End Jan 09, 2013
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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!