Fighting, Food, and Fun

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Fresh food market, Muay Thai Boxing

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

What can I say?  Chiang Mai is a place where you can see and do pretty much anything anyone wants.  Well, that's what we've been told repeatedly.

We opted for a quiet day in Chiang Mai, going to a cooking class.  Our tour mates opted for elephant rides, white water rafting, and trekking through the forest instead.  I was tired just from hearing about it.

We all went out to for Mexican (yes, read it and don't weep) dinner, then to watch Muay Thai boxing, and it was better than expected.  It wasn't as violent as we thought it might be, and Canada even had a contestant in the 7th fight so we, of course, HAD to stick around for that.

The arena area was stinking hot, but we had to stay to root for our brother!  It was spectacular when he came out in a CAPE.  Yes, the only fighter who did, probably because he had enough money backing him compared to the poor local guys and girls fighting that night, and well, probably because Superman is some sort of hero to him.  His opponent was about a foot shorter (no joke), and looked way older.

The poorer, older, smaller dude won.

We then decided (the four of us including Sue and Naomi) to douse our disappointment by literally running through the downpour afterwards.  And if you've ever been in the tropics, a downpour is like buckets of water being dumped on your head and body continuously.  I couldn't even open my eyes to see as I ran at some points because there was too much water running down my face.  It was FUN though I have admit, mostly because it still felt better than sweating, and it was warm rain.

Going to the market in Chiang Mai has been fun too.  There's the day food market (see pics), where we can get some fab things to nosh on, but there's also a night market.  We went to the latter and weren't very impressed.  The Sunday version is supposed to be awesome in comparison though.  Too bad we couldn't go to that on instead.
 
The trainee tour guide, Dave, took us to the night market and we hung out the rest of the night.  Was a good time all around, and the best part was him introducing us to a couple of locals and a dish I won't forget called "cau soi" (pronounced "cow soy") that's a yellow curry noodle dish.  It was exactly what we needed after having gone for drinks with him at a rooftop bar called "THC" (yes folks, it was like the unofficial symbol for British Columbia).

And that sums up the majority of our time in Chiang Mai.
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