A Taste of Thailand

Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
Trip End May 10, 2012

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Friday, March 23, 2012

After the changing weather in New Zealand, it was quite a surprise to arrive in Bangkok to find a temperature of 30 degrees in the middle of the night. Coupled with about 80% humidity at this time of year, our stay in Thailand has been pretty sticky!

Having both been to Bangkok before we stayed here only briefly before heading north to Chiang Mai. We decided to opt for the day train instead of the sleeper so that we could see central Thailand despite not having the time to stop to explore it. The ticket said the trip would take 12 hours but that soon turned into 14 - we will have to get used to Asian time keeping again. Neither of us minded though as the scenery was stunning - firstly mile after mile of rice paddy then as we got further north, jungle covered hills before we finally pulled into Chiang Mai. We were pretty hungry when we reached our guesthouse but at that time of night nothing was open so we ended up eating yummy noodle soup on a street corner with a group of locals after pointing at pictures on a menu!

We really liked Chiang Mai, it's a lot more chilled out than Bangkok and the people less pushy. The Old City inside the moat is packed with stunning temples and is full of character. We spent a day exploring and wandering around the massive night market then on our second day we did a cooking course. This was a fantastic day that started with a trip to the local market where our host Permpoon talked us through local ingredients. After that we headed to his home where we picked our own veggies before cooking up a storm. The day ended with a huge feast of everything we had made, which if I say so myself was bloody good. Be warned - anyone coming to dinner at our place will be made to try the fruits of our new skills! 

We would have liked to stay in Chiang Mai longer but time is against us so the next day we headed North East. After two tuktuks, two buses, a short stop in Chaing Rai then finally a boat, we arrived in Chiang Khong and crossed the border into Laos for the next stage of our journey.     
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Sarah Cheets on

Did you go to that wonderful temple in Chiang Mai with the elephants statues?We thought it was a lovely place, but I wish we'd done the cookery day: sounds fab.
Mum seems to be having a blissful time in Scotland, although it's been snowing there !! Bit of a shock after all the hot weather we've been having.
I'm sure you will love Laos - it was my favourite part of Indochina. Take lots of photos of the young monks in their saffron robes, they are so beautiful.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
All love
Sares xx

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