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Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Tuesday, October 19, 2004

On the 16th we decided to flex our culinary skills and delve into the world of Thai cooking. Sut, our speech inflection challenged host, firstly took us shopping around the local market for loads of weird and wonderful stuff to use based upon the choices we had made as to what we would cook. Hell, the fish dish that Sarah chose to cook was even killed freshly in front of our eyes. Better than Tesco's and certainly fresher. We went back to the kitchen and started to create our culinary delights. We made soups, curries, spring rolls, mango and sticky rice (probably the greatest desert to ever be created) and a fish dish just like Sut's mum used to make. After eating the lot (well nearly as there was so much food), we went out to the night bazaar and I got fitted for 3 shirts, and Sarah got measured for a suit. It was then off to the pub for a well deserved beer and a bit of football on the TV. The next few days were spent just relaxing really. We took time out to see a few temples and wander further around Chiang Mai. We managed to get a full body massage, where there was definitely an element of cupping when the female masseur got to the top of my leg. I was certain I didn't pay for that type of massage. After it could touch my head with my feet. Not really of any use but i was impressed.

Today we went off to Doi Suthep, one of the most spectacular temples in Chian Mai. We had 308 steps to climb before we could see this temple, it was only at the top we found out that there was a cable-car ride up there. Sods law. The temple itself is impressive, but we weren't too impressed due to the amount of scaffolding around it. We had turned up at repair season by the looks of things. There was a pretty impressive emerald buddha there though, and the amount of money collection boxes were stupid. By every statue there was "give money to Monks who dont have orange robes fund" or "Please dontate so a monk can have his head shaved with a gillette".

Well thats about it. We're off to Sukhothai tomorrow so its ta-ta Chiang Mai, its been a blast.....
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