We’re still in Thailand today! Having travelled from south to north, the last place we visited on this trip was Chiang Mai. I really liked this city – it was busy, as most Thai cities are, but its mountainous location gave it a more laid back energy.
We took the night train from Ayutthaya, the pleasant roll of the train lulling me to sleep almost immediately. It was like being in a hammock. Going fast. On a train track. But still. Know what I mean?
I’m convinced that’s where Chè and I caught whatever virus laid us low for two weeks after getting home.
The drive up the mountain to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple was perhaps a bit hair-raising. The road twisted up through forested slopes the hairpin bends giving the ride up a bit of a rollercoaster feel. Once at the site, you either climb many many many stairs or take the elevator up. Once at the top, you can look down over the city and the airport. I loved looking down at the planes taking off. The temple precinct itself was beautiful and well cared for.
In the afternoon Chè and I attended a Thai cooking class – but not before going shopping for fresh ingredients first.
Dragon fruit – yummy!
And the results of the cooking class…
Chè had a restive night, he was already feeling quite sick. The following morning I came down with whatever it was that he caught. We bought meds to take to make the almost 24-hour trip home bearable – if not for the pharmacist speaking English we would’ve been stuck about how much to take because the package inserts were all in Thai 🙂
I know I’m a tad behind, I should be all caught up by this weekend.