Chiang Mai, Thailand
An update after a great 6 nights in Chiang Mai (CM):
As soon as we arrived we knew we would like it! It was a lot greener and calmer than bangkok (still pretty busy but more bearable). And the old city is surrounded by a wall and a moat, with our guest house being just outside these wall.
Finlay’s guesthouse is run by a British guy called Keith and a Thai lady called Rattri – they were an entertaining pair and made us feel very at home 🙂
After an afternoon exploring the cafes, shops and lanes of CM we spent our first full day doing mountain biking. We opted for the ‘easier’ route which meant over 20km of bumpy downhill mountain paths! It was hard work but fun and the lunch in small huts on stilts over looking the lake made it all worth it.
The following day we explored some of CM’s temples using a walking tour in our guide book (which is like our bible!). My (kels) favourite was a temple made of teak with a striking arch entrance and peacock motif over the arch.
After some recommendations by fellow travellers we signed up to a Thai cooking class for that evening. It was amazing! In 4 hours we made 5 dishes including the CM dish Kao Soi and our own spring rolls. Best part was eating it all after wards! We also had a look round the never ending night market and picked up a few souvenirs 🙂
To be continued….