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Trip Start Jun 16, 2006
36Trip End Feb 2007
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We cheated and flew to Chiang Mai, timing our arrival perfectly to hit the Sunday markets which we loved so much we deliberately stayed til next Sunday so we could go again. It's a much nicer atmosphere and cheaper than the Night Bazaar, and between the two we've managed to whistle away a fair bit of our savings.
Tuesday morning we embarked on a 3 day trekking / elephanting riding / bamboo rafting tour squeezing into a small truck with 10 other people plus guides. This squeeze resulted in the gear stick being literally rammed into our thighs every time we went into 2nd gear, 4th gear wasn't much better
A little disappointed with our trek we booked ourselves in for a Batik painting course -which made our week! In the photo Jo's are on the left, Heather's on the right -hopefully you can't see the smudges -its harder than you think! It was just the 2 of us on the course and we had a great time chatting with the lady who ran it. She turned out to be a fabulous travel guide giving us all the information we need for catching the train to Bangkok - little tips like booking the ladies cabin 'cos the toilets are cleaner
We followed this up with a Thai cooking class. We were breifly introduced to some goods at markets before heading out to the school with its own organic farm in the country. We cooked ourselves up some splendid food and became familiar with all the ingredients -so now we know what we're eating at restaurants and food stalls!!
Sunday we slowed down the pace, just cruised to our regular breakfast spot (a little vege cafe we love!) then went to see a Thai movie with English subtitles -this time we were in much better form for the tribute to the king.
Today (Monday) we are just biding time, doing a bit of trip planning before catching the overnight train to Bangkok, before we head over the border to Cambodia.
Hope things are trucking along nicely for everyone back home!