Life of Pai

Trip Start Jan 21, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2008

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Awaking in Chiang Mai and the mission is to get to Pai, we're coming back to Chiang Mai so don't want to hang around here.  Couldn't get a bus til 2pm so did a few useful things in the morning, such as booking the train back to Bangkok, having a McDonalds (for which I'd been having cravings purely because they don't have in Laos).  The bus was ridiculously late so didn't get to Pai til early evening.  Met up with a friend of Chad's from earlier in his journey for some dinner, drinks and nighlife sampling.

The next few days were passed doing not too much.  Pai is a great town for just hanging out which is pretty much all we did.  One afternoon was spent watching a movie after we tracked down another private cinena type place.  One day we hired motorbikes and went off on a hunt for hot springs.  They do exist but only in a national park with an admission fee of about 5 pounds that we were too mean to pay.  Never mind, we found some elephants to feed and hang out with instead.  Then later we took a bare back elephant ride (after haggling the cost down to half price!) through a river, taking turns to sit on the elephant's head while the mahout (elephant trainer) picked magic mushrooms from below us!  I've been on an elephant in India on a seat but this was great to actually sit right on it although they're really quite hairy and very prickly!

I did do something useful one day, a Thai cooking class.  It was a lot of fun, although whether or not I'll be able to recreate it at home I don't know.  I have a recipe book so we'll see.  First of all we made pad thai (a noodle dish) which we ate for lunch, then spicy papaya salad, then we prepared all the ingredients for dinner, which included mashing up green curry paste for half an hour in a mortar and pestle then it was time for a trip to the market.  The "teacher" gave us a tour showing us all the different fruits and veggies and how to choose decent ones and bought various things for us to try, fried crickets included!  I wasn't keen but when in Thailand and all everyone else was doing it!  They didn't taste of much, it was more the thought that was disgusting!  After the market it was back to school to finish the cooking of the green chicken curry, stir fried chicken with cashew nuts and tom yam (spicy soup). Then it was dinner time!  I have to say I think I did pretty well, all tasted good although after so much food in such a short space of time I couldn't even finish it all.

And that was pretty much it for Pai!
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