This morning I went to spicy FML
Trip Start Dec 01, 2009
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We were spoiled by the trains in India. Now that we are back in Thailand, we have to get used to overnight buses again, or at least get some stronger drugs. The vent above our seats was broken. It was just a jet stream of cold air blasting on us all night, making sleep impossible. We huddled for warmth, we even stuffed our pants and plastic bags up into the vents. None of these tactics were successful so we were pretty tired when we got into chiang mai. Since we were on the tourist bus we were all herded onto Songtows (like pickup trucks with two benches in the back) by a way too enthusiastic and slightly anti-Semitic Thai man. He (conveniently) brought us directly to his guest house. The price was reasonable, the bed had to be the most comfortable yet, and more importantly it was 6 in the morning and we were way too exhausted to look for another guesthouse
Lindsey was excited to be back in Chiang Mai and we hit up all of her favorite hangouts, including the restaurant with the best Kao Soi. Kao Soi is Sarah's favorite Thai dish and is a chicken curry soup with yellow egg noodles and a Chiang Mai specialty. We mostly spent our first day in Chiang Mai eating. That evening we met up with our New Zealand friends, who were also suckers and ended up staying in the same guest house. We hit up 7-11 for the cheapest beers in town while walking around the night market and then went to rooftop bar. Here we ordered buckets, relaxed on the bamboo mats and overlooked the city. While sitting here we met "Team Canada" or Dan and Gina, our new Canadian friends. They finally had to kick us out at closing time, so we looked to Lindsey for advice. She suggested we go to "Spicy" a club in Chiang Mai known for being open late. And also for being the worst.club.ever. For those of you who went to BC- it can only be described as a smaller, sweatier Who's. For the rest of you- picture any 18+ club in the US.
Somehow, even though we brought them to Spicy, both the Canadians and the new zealanders still wanted to be our friends. So the next morning we all rented motorbikes and explored the temples and hills surrounding Chiang Mai
That night we met up with Lindsey's Thai friend Surat who laughed at us for going to Spicy. We sampled the food at the night market including Pad Thai, Spicy noodle soup and Sticky Rice with Mango. We've mostly been eating since we arrived in Thailand.
The next day Lindsey went up to Mae Tang and Sarah got a Thai massage. We met up with our friends again and headed over to the river to meet up with Surat and her friends. The first bar we went too was a little too nice for the New Zealanders, who preferred to drink whiskey straight from the bottle with Tom, the bartender at a small shack next door. Then we headed to Riverside, a bar with a cover band. As Dan the Canadian put it, "That band was amazing! If I had to pick my top 20 songs from 1992-1996 it would have been their playlist!" We danced all night, and ended with a late night trip on top of a Songtow, and a burger from "Mike's Burgers."
For our last day in Chiang Mai we signed up for a cooking class. We each got to choose 6 different dishes to make. Lindsey learned to make Chicken with Basil, Fish Cakes, Tom Kha soup, Massaman Curry, Cashew and Chicken Stir-fry and Mango with Sticky Rice. Sarah chose Pad Thai, Chicken Satay, Tom Kah soup, Red Curry, Yellow Curry Stirfry and Black Sticky Rice pudding
Glums and Glows
Glum The Chang-overs
Glow: Day of Delicious eating
Glum: I ended up at Spicy, and when I came out Mike's Burgers was closed
Glow: The cover band at Riverside