In which Beth is assaulted by a small freckly Thai woman
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Well....last night I trotted off to the Night Market about a 20 minute walk away. It was a typical tourist market with the same stuff on most stalls and I wasn't in the mood (and neither do I have the space in my rucksack!) for shopping. So after getting a bit disorientated I decided to sit with my pretty Nancy Chandler map (american artist who does pretty maps of Thai Cities) and figure out where I was. Had a delicious red curry and spied a massage place across the road.
So having finished dinner, I wandered across and decided to have a half hour head/neck/shoulder massage. Now, I know Thai massage is different from the western idea of it so I was expecting a bit of stretching and pushing and pummelling but my God, this woman was something else.
Today I went to a cookery school called Siam Rice which was really lovely. It was run by a family in their house and was very well done. I made a chicken coconut soup, minced chicken salad, spring rolls, red curry and sticky coconut rice with mango. Yum yum yum. We started with a trip to the market to be told about the herbs, most of which I have never seen in my life! They have several varieties of basil including 'Holy Basil' and 'Lemon Basil'. They also use a different type of ginger and these tiny little garlic cloves. It was all really tasty and I'm so full I had to bring my red curry home in a bag!
Off to find a bookshop this evening as it turns out that I hadn't been meaning to read Spot of Bother, I've already read it! Darn it! That was annoying half-a-page into my bedtime read. So now have two books to swap for something new. Might try and get hold of a copy of the Lonely Planet Vietnam so I can consider that part of my trip a bit more carefully. I just moved into my dorm where I'll be for the next seven nights and a guy there said Laos is stunning so doesn't sound like I can strike that one off my list as I had hoped.