Five days of bliss in Chiang Mai (Day 4)


Five days of bliss in Chiang Mai (Day 4)

- in Feature, Life

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — My fourth day in Chiang Mai was another chance to explore more of the city, more of the food (yes please), and more of the culture. This time I was alone. I was getting used to that, being alone in a new place. There’s this nice feeling of being free from having to make decisions with someone on where to go, how to get there, where to eat, etc. I was able to weave a lot of spontaneous things in and out of my planned itinerary. Now I sort of understand why some people prefer to travel alone. I did feel a little lonely when I saw something beautiful but had no one to share it with. There are always the cons with the pros.

So on to what went down on Day 4! One more thing about me is that apart from my love to chow down, I loooove to cook. Cooking is like running for me. Both take away my stress and clear my mind while I’m doing the activity. I’m such a type A person but cooking calms and slows me down.

Cooking Thai food, however, intimidates me! Watching so many Thai cooks and the way they cook their food, all the different flavors in one small dish after a fast and quick cooking time, it’s like magic before your eyes. So I leave it to them. I dare not try!

But I was running out of ideas on what to do in Chiang Mai so I said to myself, a cooking class shouldn’t hurt. If it turns out too touristy, then just charge it to experience. I did my research and compared prices as usual. Ended up with a half-day class with Thai Orchid Cookery School for 900 baht. Since i was gonna be free after 1:30 p.m., i decided to check out one of Chiang Mai’s most popular tourist area — Wat Doi Suthep.

They arranged to pick me up at 9 a.m. Pick up was prompt and I was happy about that! Punctuality speaks so much about a person or a company. I was surprised they took me to someone’s home. Garage was turned into the cooking school where all the stoves and prep tables were. I was welcomed warmly by a staff member. And so on…

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