16.02.2012 - 20.02.2012
So Ive jut spent 4 nights in the wonderful city of Chiang Mai, and its been my favorite place so far!
So last time I wrote on this blog I had just arrived in Chiang Mai, expecting to chill out before exploring the city the next day. I ended up meeting loads of people at the hostel and we went out, got very very drunk (I blame the buckets!) and had a jolly good time! We went to a cool mojito bar an the owner got as all to do some chanting! Muchos fun! However, the next day was spent at the hostel, chilling out and trying to get over the hangover! This hostel that Im staying has been the best so far. Not in terms of cleanliness or facilities, but the fact its so social and everyone is so friendly!
That night we decided to go out again (never a good idea) and went to the same places as the night before and ended up at the same club we did, however we were not as drunk as the night before and realised this place was really seedy! It was horrible! Loads of old pervy looking men dancing around to get some Thai girls... not good. I did not stay long!! Its not very nice to see that side of Thailand!
The next morning I was determined to go see some Chiang mai (apart from the bars!) I picked up the girl i met in Bangkok (Flin) from the train station and me her and a couple of others went for a walk around the city. Its quite a small city, with a square moat surrounding the main centre! We found a gorgeous park and chilled there for a couple of hours (Had a quick nap too!) and then headed to the Saturday Market where we ate loads of yummy street food (gyoza and pancake on a stick anyone?!) We all the headed back to the hostel and chilled out all night (no big night out thank god! I dont think any of us could handle it!). Thats what I love about Chiang Mai, it is really chilled out!
The next day was the best by far! We went to the Tiger Kingdom in the morning and got to play with tigers! I was a bit worried that the condition wouldnt be good at all, but I was very wrong! Thank god! They were not drugged, or chained and had massive enclosures with loads of space. The reason we could go in there is because they are reared with human contact so they are used to it. But we still had to be carefull not to go aorund their fronts or else they could bite us or claw us! The little ones were so cute! But the big ones were so impressive! I didnt realise how big they would be! They only have human contact up till 2 years old, then are left alone to live out the rest of there lives! Really an amazing experience!
In the evening I did a Thai cooking class which was so much fun! I made Thai Green Curry, Spring Rolls, Pad Thai and Hot and Sour Prawn Soup. Got a recipe book so hopefully I will cook you all something when I get home! hehe We got to go to a local market first where they told us all about the ingredients then went back to the school and started the cooking! We ate so much! I was pleasently suprised about the results, I can now cook! Although I did put too much chilli in the soup! We then went to the sunday market to get some dessert (not that we hadnt already eaten enough!) Waffle with honey and cocanut milk anyone? Yes please! hehe
So this morning I am off to Pai for 3 nights, then come back to Chiang Mai for another 3 nights! Me and Flin are going together which Im glad about. Its really weird meeting some great people then just a couple of days later you have to say goodbye, so its good that Ive got someone for a longer amount of time! Im glad Im getting to stay in the north for a bit longer too. Moving places every couple of days is exhausting! Plus its much cooler up here than down south, so not sweating so much!!
Until the next update...