Day Six - Chaing Rai to Chaing Mai

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
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Trip End Sep 02, 2012


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Today we drove 4 hours south to Chaing Mai. Along the way we stopped for lunch at a place called 'Cabbages and Condoms' - a local charity that raises health awareness. A little random but good to see something positive I guess! We reached Chaing Mai and headed up a winding mountain road to visit the biggest temple there - Doi Suthep. It was the most beautiful of all the temples we've seen - completely covered in gold. You could also look down onto the whole of Chaing Mai. In the temple we sat in front of a monk and were blessed with spiritual water as he chanted. Kitty explained he was wishing us happiness and good fortune.

Back down the hill and after quickly checking into the hotel, some of the girls headed to a cooking class. We visited a local market to learn about the ingredients used in Thai cooking. It wasn't as full on as the food market in Chaing Rai but full of vibrant fruits and vegetables and some questionable looking meat.. A couple of people bought fresh fruit smoothies - pure amazingness in a cup!

Back to the class and we had a choice of what to make. I opted for Chicken Pad Thai, Spring Rolls, Chicken & Coconut Soup & Pork Panang Curry. I have to say, pretty impressed with my skills, everything tasted so good! Thai dinner party when I get back.

Quick change at the hotel and onto Thai Boxing. Had no idea what to expect.. 7 rounds including children, women & men. My favourite was the 'Special Round' where they blindfolded 5 boxers and left them to fight. It was hilarious, they were falling over, walking into the sides, going for the ref! My favourite was a guy who kept doing a helicopter manoeuvre - spinning around with his arms spread out. Sometimes he'd trip over his own feet! Final round was Thailand vs Australia - everyone really got into it, sadly was a draw in the end.

12pm and we headed to see the Night Bazaar - lots of nice handmade jewellary and crafts as well as fake mulberry bags, north face & tiffany jewellery. Bought a nice traditional bracelet, bartered down in price!

Tuk Tuk back to the hotel & time for sleep, zip wiring tomorrow..
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