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Chiang Mai – Saturday 5 January 2013

9 Jan

Having finally propped my eyes open at 2pm, I was introduced to the terrible twosome, Bit and Bot. These are the sons of Khun Jar, who manages the house that I am staying at.
The twins Bit and Bot played as kids used to – their favourite game being to swirl straw hats on broom sticks. They either love each other or hate each other in the way that twins do.

Bit and Bot

Bit and Bot

Later that evening, I went for dinner to the “Spirit House”.
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g293917-d1494643-Reviews-The_Spirit_House_Restaurant_Bar-Chiang_Mai.html
Steve the owner is a great guy and a cool host who explains and describes each dish in great detail to his guests.
While I enjoyed the food there and have no doubt that Steve and his chefs are very good, I felt that the dishes that I had were made for foreign palates and therefore not as spicy as I would have liked. Therefore, I arranged with the Thai chef, Noom, to have a cooking class the next day, Sunday.

The journey begins – Thursday 3 January

9 Jan

Having left London at 10:05 GMT on the upstairs floor of the flying bar (aka Quantas 3502), I arrive in Bangkok 11 hours later.
Unfortunately the stopover in Bangkok airport (scheduled to be 5 hours) ends up being 6 hours.
Despite the great snacks in the waiting lounge (sticky rice cooked in banana leaves; banana, taro (dasheen) and pumpkin cooked in butter – yep, slightly weird but tasty, see below) this is an inauspicious start to my travels.

Sticky rice cooked in banana leaves

Sticky rice cooked in banana leaves

Banana, Taro and Pumpkin cooked in butter

Banana, Taro and Pumpkin cooked in butter

I finally arrive at ChiangMai at 11:00 pm (Thai time), 18 hours after I started – excited but exhausted.