Cooking, Markets and Genie Pants

Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I went back to Deejai backpackers with my friend Gemma after the Elephant Park. She only stayed one night as she was meeting her mum and was staying in a hotel for a few days. Weirdly Waitara, who I met in Bangkok, ended up walking into my room as she was also staying there! Of all the rooms she could have been put in she ended up being in the same one as me so we had a good laugh about the coincidence. I spent the evening with Gemma talking about everything really, we went for garlic bread and pizza as we were both massively craving Western food by this point even though the food at the Elephant park was probably the best food I've had in Thailand. I treated myself to a cooking class and it was very last minute but they are very accommodating in SE Asia! It was quite expensive but I really enjoyed myself and I got a recipe book that I'm determined to try out at home. I promised to cook my mum a meal before I left but I never did so hopefully I can make up for it when I get back!

I made vegetable fried rice to begin and it was really tasty, I couldn't believe how quick and easy it was to make and it would be perfect just to do at home for a quick meal. Thai green chicken curry came next but we ended up sharing all the curries to see what they all tasted like and then I shared some fried bananas and ice cream with a girl next to me. Delicious!

The markets in Chiang Mai are fantastic if not a little dangerous as you can buy everything for cheap. Haggling was surprisingly difficult with the stall keepers but generally if you bought more than one thing you could haggle it down to a better price. I bought quite a few pairs of 'genie pants', a strange phenomenon sweeping Thailand where only foreigners wear these floaty trousers. It makes you feel like you're wearing pyjamas all day and its socially acceptable to an extent, I'm not sure the locals understand why its so popular. I got to go to a massive local food market as part of the cooking class which was a bit of an experience but most people make their way on Sundays to the Sunday walking street market which has a huge array of stalls down loads of streets. They play the national anthem and everyone stands still and listens to it before carrying on. The street food here is very extensive also, there are loads of choice including these amazing chicken doughy pancake things that were fried. There were so many things here that I wanted to buy for people back home but it would have meant carrying it around the world with me and was unfortunately a very impractical idea!

I also saw a tonne of temples while I was here including Wat Phra Singh which is said to have been put there because the elephant carrying the Buddha had died there. They are all very beautiful but after seeing one you are pretty much looking at the same thing each time - a bit like the Duomo in Italy.

I decided to book a bus to Pai, something that wasn't originally part of my plans but literally everyone was talking about how nice it was there and that you should take some time out to go see it. It was 160 baht for the bus which was around 3 for a four hour journey and booked into a different hostel to what I wanted as the other was full. This made me a little apprehensive about the trip as Darling Viewpoint Bungalows is further out of town and would require me to rent a moped to get around.
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Am looking forward to that promised meal! xx

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