Chiang Mai is one of the coolest, most unique cities I’ve ever visited. It also helped that Kasey and I happened to be there during Songkran, a three day water festival the celebrates the New Year! It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had- celebrating with thousands of locals and westerners, throwing buckets of water on each other, passing cars, scooters, and poor tuk tuk riders. There were dj’s, bands, and all sorts of musicians all throughout the streets- and it was IMPOSSIBLE to walk around without getting soaked. Kasey and I actually had to take a tuk tuk to the airport on one evening during Songkran and got absolutely soaked and had to change our sopping wet clothes outside of the terminal before going through check in!
During our time in Chiang Mai, Kasey and I hung out with all sorts of new friends, including Julie + Shane, and some old hostel friends we met during the beginning of our trip while we were in Koh Samui! One of the most awesome things we did was take a Thai cooking class with Julie and Shane. Zaab E Lee, the cooking school, takes you to the local markets, tells you about all the different ingredients, how to purchase them, and then you g back to the school to prepare a four course Thai meal! We were each able to choose out of a list of appetizers, curries, side dishes, and main dishes to prepare. Unfortunately, the sun set by the time we started cooking most of the food, so I was only able to grab a shot of the pad thai I made! I can honestly say that every single thing each of us made was AMAZING! Kasey cooked cashew chicken, spring rolls, panang curry, and tom yum kung. I made pad thai, papaya salad, green curry, and tom kha kai. We had too much fun and ate WAY too much- so much that I couldn’t even touch my final course!
Thank you Chiang Mai + locals for being a-ma-zing.