Thailand – Part 2

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My last post on our Thailand holiday ended after our visit to the hot springs.  That night, we stayed in a house in a nearby village.  I was a little nervous about this but we actually ended up having a fantastic time.  Local women cooked us some amazing food and the children played music while we ate.  After we had finished eating, we had a go at playing the instruments with them and later on, we were shown some Thai dancing.  The highlight of the evening was setting off a lantern which we all wrote our names and wishes on!The next morning we went to the temple in the village to offer food to the monks.  Then we visited a local school where we helped some 4 year olds with their English.  We played games and sang with them and it was loads of fun!  After that we went to a mushroom farm and a rice farm to see how they worked which was really interesting.  We got to pick some mushrooms which were then deep fried for our lunch and served with a delicious sweet chilli dip!  Since we’d arrived in Thailand we’d been to quite a few temples but here we were shown around one properly and it was fascinating to hear about how people use the temples and why they are built the way they are.We left the homestay after lunch to go to Chiang-Mai where we stayed for 2 nights.  My favourite thing about Chiang-Mai was the night market which is held from 6pm until midnight and was literally just around the corner from our hotel.  There were so many things I could have bought but didn’t have room in my suitcase for!  I did manage to pick up quite a few pieces of jewellery, gifts for my family and a lovely mango wood dish for our new kitchen.  While in Chiang-Mai we also did a Thai cooking course which was great fun.  We ate way too much food but it was all so good so totally worth it and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes we learnt!We left Chiang-Mai on an overnight train back to Bangkok but I think I’ll leave it here for today as I seem to have written way more than I intended!

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