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Ellen: Hi From Chiang Mai...

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O.k it has been a while since our last entry... during our week long stay in Bangkok, we visited the Grand Palace, Chinatown, the Reclining Buddha, local Forts, Wat's, and shopping areas. We also traveled along the Chao Phraya river by water taxi which was a great way to get around and see the travel hot spots of Bangkok. The last few days of our stay in Bangkok, we scored a hotel with a small pool. It was great when the temp reached +36. When we heard the the temp was going to reach +40 within 48 hours, we knew it was time to head north to Chiang Mai. We decided to take an evening train so we could attend the International Car Show in Bangkok. I am sure Shayne will tell you all about it and some of our other Bangkok experiences in his next entry....

We traveled 14 hours by train in second class from Bangkok to Chaing Mai. They said it was the special express but we made several stops the first few hours. Catching this train was much easier then the one we caught in Suratthani.... We were lucky to have the four person sleeper section to ourselves but the dude in the next section was sawing some serious logs. Overall it was a pretty good trip north and we were able to get some sleep.

Once we arrived, located our guesthouse and clean ourselves up, we went for a very very long walk checked out the area and visited a couple Wats...When we arrived back at the guesthouse, I took another shower ( I seem to have 2, sometimes 3 a day....it's like beening in a sauna 24/7 - Thank goodness for A/C). Anyway, I ended up with a little heat stroke and had a nap while Shayne checked out the local pub. Come to think of it, my naps seem to be daily activity for me... so why should that day be any different from any other.

The following day we hired a moped for a few hours which was a welcomed experience. We visited the Wat Chiang Man and met up with some other travellers before heading to the night market. We didn't buy anything... the venders seem to have the same things as the other markets we have visited in southern Thailand but not as crowded.

As for today, it was an exciting day... we attended a Thai Cooking class at the Thai Farm Cooking School!!!! It was an all day event and it was amazing!!!! There were 8 of us in the group and we went to the local market before heading to the farm for the lesson. We learned all about the ingredients, made 4 dishes and ate everything we made!!! Well... almost everything....What we couldn't finish, we brought home in a doggy bag for later.... ummm Curry goodness...

Well that is it for now....It's time for my daily nap..... and tomorrow, we are going to visit the zoo

Posted by Shellen 18:39 Archived in Thailand Tagged bangkok chiang mai

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