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Allyson and her Thai creation

A photo or two from the cooking class



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Us at a temple

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Riding Elephants

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Woah was a jam packed day! So we did a tour thinggy today. It started at 8am and lasted until about 5:30. We started by visiting an Orchid farm - more orchids than I've ever seen in one place before. From there we went elephant riding! Now this was totally the highlight of the day. We went bareback on the elephant and rode around for like 45 minutes. We went through mud and rivers and a bit of a forest. The elephant's skin was surprisingly prickly. It got wisker-like hairs all over its body. Far more comfortable than riding a horse I thought, and definitely move a lot slower.

We had a delicious lunch at the elephant camp and did a trek to a hill tribe village. We wandered through the jungle, through orange groves kept by the hill tribes and saw the 100 foot tall bamboo ladders they use to climb trees to harvest wasp honey. Next we went rafting down a river to see some of the local scenery and houses and ended our day with a visit to a long-neck tribe. These are the women that wear the rings around their necks to stretch their necks out. We got a chance to watch them weaving some hand-spun silk into scarves. This weaving is one of their main daily acitivities and it takes the 2 days to make a small scarf!

Tomorrow we do a full-day cooking class at a local farm and the we board the train back to Bangkok.

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Chatting with Monks

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After settling in to our hotel, which is gorgeous by the way, we got a change to wander around Chiang Ma. The town is just packed with temples - it's a fraction of the size of Bangkok but has more temples - 121 I believe. Sometimes they're side by side but totally different architectures, etc.

One of the great things we read about in the Lonely Planet was the "monk chats". Basically there are monks looking to practice their english and daily from 1-6 you can visit with them. So we did. Probably spent over an hour talking to this one guy. He was 25 and had been a monk for 13 years. Very neat to chat with him!

After dinner we headed to the Chiang Mai night market. They convert a 2km stretch of the main road here into a huge market with vendors selling food, clothing, souvenirs, etc. The best part is that it's not just for tourists and it is packed with locals. Gotta be the busiest market I've even been to, however.

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Settled into Chiang Mai

After Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a breath of fresh air...literally! After yet another screwy trip with thee taxi drivers here, we made it to the downtown core, and found a great place to stay based on a Lonely Planet recommendation. Settled in and then spent the afternoon getting our barings, finding some lunch (Thai green curry today...mmmmm!) and then booked ourselves into a couple adventures for the next couple days. Tomorrow, we set off early for some trekking into the Hill Tribes and head to an elephant park!! On Tuesday, we'll spend the day honing our cooking skills in a Thailand cooking class! Looking forward to the next couple days of our trip!

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