Cooking Thai Style in Chiang Mai

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3rd of 6 lunches for the day

The train journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai was pretty much an all day event, starting at 8.30am and arriving 12 hrs later. Much prefered the day journey, gave us an opportunity to see some sweet little towns, farmers working in the rice fields and plenty more temples on the way.

Upon arrival we were pretty keen to just crash, unfortunately though we managed to book ourselves into probaby the worst guesthouse....ever! We've had some basic accommodation before which is fine, but unsanitary is not! We managed to last that night, but we swiftly decided to move on the following night.

Rather than sight seeing, our first 2 days in Chiang Mai were booked on a Thai Cookery course.

Panda (aka Homer Simpson)
It's pretty intense cooking 5-6 dishes in one day - the stomach expands and concentration levels certainly start to dip after the fourth dish. All very yummy though and feels good to be a bit more educated on what I'm eating. Neil managed to give himself nearly 3rd degree burns on the first day, boiling oil seemed to spring out of the wok and on to his foot - all OK now though. Very amusingly, a dutch girl was very struck by Neil's shared looks with Jamie Oliver - somewhat of a bug bear previously, now just getting plain ridiculous when it happens in Thailand with a girl from Holland!

Our third day in Chiang Mai was spent wandering around the infamous Chiang Mai Zoo - the panda bears were a big highlight for me. Watching this big bear all of a sudden lumber himself up from sleep to grab some bamboo and a deck chair and start munching was really funny - he was like Homer Simpson! I think Neil liked the big cats the best - particularly since he managed to feed a Jaguar a massive hunk of meat. In the afternoon we went to a beautiful temple just outside of the city - was a 30 min drive straight up so we had a beautiful view when we got the the top.

Before heading off to Pai, our last day was spent organising the logistics of the rest of our trip in SE Asia and sorting out the first few days in Oz.

 

 

 

james_young says:
Love the Jamie Oliver likeness thing. I can see it now Neil!! that's pukka! And I can imagine the panda just easing into the most chilled out position imagineable not minding about a jot in life. The biggest minder possibly in existence.
Posted on: Dec 26, 2007
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3rd of 6 lunches for the day
3rd of 6 lunches for the day
Panda (aka Homer Simpson)
Panda (aka Homer Simpson)
Yummy
Yummy
Meerkat amongst the pigeons
Meerkat amongst the pigeons
Feeding the jaguar
Feeding the jaguar
Just a big pussycat
Just a big pussycat
Chiang Mai
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