A few of our favorite Thai things...

Trip Start Jul 25, 2006
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sawat dii kaa!

We are enjoying Chiang Mai, though plan to leave for Luang Prabang, Laos on Tuesday the 15th. We've been staying out of trouble, trying to relax and learn a few things. We took a Thai cooking class, Thai batik course, jewelery making class here. we enjoyed a day trip to Doi Inthaton National Park (more than 60km outside of C.M.), complete with waterfalls, Hmong village, and beautiful monuments for the King and Queen. Also getting into the flow of things as well - like me not jumping off the sidewalk everytime a tuk-tuk driver honks at us (to drive us around the city for 50 baht/hour), and to pace ourselves better - like not walking around the hot city between 11 and 4pm getting completely dehydrated and fumed-out from the vehicles...

Ernie wants me to write a story of something (true) that happened to us here. The funniest thing was during our cooking course a British bloke had an accident in the squat loo, then broke the sink off the wall trying to wash his pants (so at this point he was in his cooking apron, underwear and shirt only).... I think it was more entertaining that the Irish couple (who didn't know him) kept poking fun at him the rest of the day as he had to borrow some baggy, ill fitting Thai pants (think MC Hammer) until his were washed! (p.s. he wasn't feeling well - spent the previous evening imbibbing in Thai Whisky)... but about us (we are so much more dignified)???

90% of the tourists in Chiang Mai go on these overnight trekking tours to visit hill tribes, but because of the monsoon season we decided to not risk slooshing around in the mud and mosquito-infested jungle for more adventurous pursuits such as... jewelery making.

We did not bring our wedding bands along with us and we saw an all day class offered for making a silver ring in a really cool jewelry studio. The class was very intensive but by the end of the day we had taken a raw chunk of metal and molded it into shiny silver rings. To symbolize our love for each other...(please pause to throw up now)

What else? Daily decisions include where to eat, and where we can find some yummy thai veggie options. Luckily C.M. has a decent selection of places, plus the night markets (have we raved about those yet??) have many cheap (15 - 20 bath) options.

We'll continue the story with pictures (more interesting than the blah blah anyway!)

M and E
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