We arrived in Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon. It's so nice to fly and not have to deal with woozy buses and boats. I had a great time in the beach region, but I'm happy to be done with boats and motion sickeness.
So far I really like Chiang Mai. We are staying at a guesthouse that was recommended by my travel book. The people here are so nice and helpful. We are booking a jungle trek with them. Today we are taking a thai cooking class. We get to choose 5 dishes to learn. I chose: green curry, pad thai, spring rolls, coconut chicken soup, and a rice/banana dessert thingy. We will be eating thai food all day today. Luckily we had Burger King and Subway for our meals yesterday!
Last night we took a tuk-tuk over to the Saturday Night Market. It was so massive! The shopping was great. I have bought so much since this trip started, I may have to buy another bag!
We are trying to decide on whether to take a 3 day or a 2 day hill tribe trek from here. In the 3 day, we would get to visit 2 very remote villages and stay in thatched huts. It is an area that has hardly any tourists. It would involve a lot of hiking (3-4 hours each day), but the pay off is our interaction with the hill tribe villagers. We have to decide today which one we want to do.
Well, I'm off to breakfast and then to my cooking class!