Pure Chiang Mai Fun!
Trip Start Jan 30, 2006
15Trip End May 11, 2006
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I don't think there was one unexciting day in this town located in Northern Thailand. Although reknowned for its jungle trekking and numerous traditional courses, we were initially interested in meeting up with long-time Montreal friends, Liam and Kirsten, who where luckily finishing their stay in Chiang Mai.
After a delightful mish-mash of typical dishes at an outdoor market and a number of local Chang beers later at a little Reggae bar, we decided to rent motorbikes the next day and explore our surroundings
Chiang Mai provides an excellent jumping off point for its beautiful jungles and traditional hilltop villages. Our short trek (1 night/2 days) offered it all: elephant trekking, waterfall dips, jungle scenery, hilltribe huts and feasts, and bamboo rafting. I could go on but, as is typical with this type of trip, the best part is often the people. We had a splendid "commonwealth" group of 7 led by the flamboyant Rooney, queen of the jungle or sometimes referred to as Miss Thailand. A born entertainer, he kept us laughing and crying throughout the entire trip. We'll miss him.
On our arrival, feeling a little sore, we finally decided to sample the back-bending Thai massage
With only 2 more days in Thailand, I know that one of the many things we'll miss is the delicious cuisine. Luckily, after our intensive cooking class, we'll be able to duplicate many of our favourite dishes at home. Starting at the local market, we finally managed to answer all those "what's that?" questions. Arriving back at the open-air work area, we pestled and mortared, chopped and wokked, and feasted to our stomach's content. We're still enjoying the leftovers the next day.
Wow, what a week. At least we'll have the next two days on trains and buses to settle before arriving in exciting Cambodia.