25.09.2010 94 °F
After a short flight northward we arrived in Chiang Mai, and settle into our exquisite surroundings, taking a relaxing break from the fast pace of Bangkok. Late in the day we visit Doi Suthep Temple, established in 1383 this is one of the most sacred Buddhist Temples in Thailand. The views and serenity rewarded to us after climbing over 300 stairs to reach the top are amazing (yes I have photos to prove it). The place is so peaceful and is open to the public to live with the Buddhists for a week to meditate, what a rewarding experience this would be and one that I might have to experience in the future.
The evening was spent enjoying the Kantoke dinner, sampling several dishes of exotic Thai flavours some Thai music and authentic dance.
We try our hands at creating some of the dynamic taste creations we have been eating the past few days at a Thai Cooking School called Thai Orchid. With our teacher we visit the local market to learn more about the ingredients in Thai cooking and then take our purchases back to the school where the teacher explains and demonstrates the basics of some of the more Thai dishes of our choice, Thai Green Curry, Phad Thai, Spring Rolls, of course I did well I love cooking, cannot wait to cook the dishes I have learnt for my many friends who are interested, once I have saved up some money after this fantastic trip of course. We then enjoyed the results for lunch. To congratulate ourselves on our culinary achievements we are rewarded with the pleasures of a Thai massage, of course I am used to massages now given I am having minimum one a day...... Remember this is a trip of a lifetime, plus the cost of a 2 hour massage costing around £6:00 who would not, given that you can have a meal for around the same price.
The evening is spent visiting Chiang Mai's popular downtown night market to see where all the locals and visitors spend the evening.