We decided on the 2 day jungle trek to a hillside village. In our old age, we figured that one night on a hard floor in a thatched hut was enough. We'll be back to the comfort of a bed tomorrow night.
Our Thai cooking class was fabulous. Venisha and I were the only 2 students. Our teacher was really sweet. She first took us to the market to get some of the ingredients. We were the only tourists there, so neat! It was all local thai people shopping. We got some fresh veggies, bananas, palm sugar and a few other things. We went back to her cooking classroom which was an open air kitchen. We made our delicious thai dishes and ate ourselves sick. My stomach literally felt like it would explode. We didn't eat for the rest of the day.
We went to the Sunday night market and bought more Thai stuff. I seriously may need to buy another bag. There are so many neat things to buy here and at really reasonable prices. I'm using the "2 for me... 1 for someone else" method of shopping. Ha ha!
I like Chiang Mai the best of all the places we have visited. The people are so nice here and the city is cleaner and has more character than some other places. I'm really interested in visiting a remote village today. Tomorrow we will do more elephant riding and do another bamboo raft ride down the river. This time, they are standing rafts and we will have poles or paddles. After the bamboo raft, we may do a whitewater rafting trip for the remainder of the way back to Chiang Mai. There has been a lot of rain so it may be too dangerous to do that part. I hope we can!
Wish me luck today... we will be doing a 3 1/2 hour hike in the jungle to the village. It just may be raining on us the whole time. I must put on my "trooper" face now! Until next time.....
Tracy.. I think it's so cute that Ty wants to ride "elefs" like Auntie!