My Thailand Series: Chiang Mai

The last place we visited on the mainland was Chiang Mai.  Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand.  It was also my favourite city to visit on the trip.

On our first morning, we got up really early to present food and other offerings to the monks.  Afterwards, we were giving a blessing.

Offerings for the monks, Chiang Mai


Monks, Chiang Mai

Then we went around the old part of Chiang Mai via trishaw.

Trishaw, Chiang Mia

We stopped in a market and at a couple of different temples, including this beautiful one: Wat Ket.

Wat Ket, Chiang Mai

In the evening, we visited a nightclub called Warm Up Cafe.  We ended up going here a few times during our stay.  This was an awesome local band that were playing the first night we went there.

Warm up Cafe

And some local beer, Chang!


The next day, we visited the Mae Sa Elephant Camp, where we rode an elephant through the jungle, watched the elephants bathing in the river, and watched a show they put on (playing soccer etc.).  Some of the elephants there are trained to do paintings, and those are available for purchase.  While riding through the jungle, we were able to feed the elephants sugarcane and bananas.

Elephant Bath, Mae Sa Elephant Camp

After the elephant camp, we stopped at an orchid farm.  I purchased a necklace made from a dried orchid.

Orchid farm

And now onto one of the best parts of the trip: the cooking school!  The school is called Baan Hongnual Cookery School which is just outside Chiang Mai.  First, we stopped at a local market to learn about the different produce and spices, plus we picked up all the ingredients needed to make our 4 dishes: tom yum soup, papaya salad, chicken green curry and pad thai.

Baan Hongnual Cookery School

Baan Hongnual Cookery School


And the finished products!

Baan Hongnual Cookery School

Baan Hongnual Cookery School

The last Thailand post will be about Phuket!

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