Saturday, July 3, 2010

Thai One On - Day 2

  • Woke up around 6 a.m. to upbeat Thai music and the Ladyboy handing out towelettes and coffee. Saw a gorgeous sunrise and two wild elephants in the fields!
  • Once in town, we grabbed breakfast at Art Cafe as recommended in our Lonely Planet guidebook. My bowl of goodness contained muesli, goat yogurt, banana, papaya, mango, strawberries, sesame seeds and bee pollen, while P's bowl contained potatoes, eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. We also had our first fruit shake, papaya, which became a staple from that day on.
  • Checked into Malak Guest House and immediately rented a motorbike for the day for a mere $5 + $3 gas. Despite never having driven a motorbike, or on the left side of the road, we rather quickly careened out into traffic and luckily got the hang of things in a hurry.
  • Motorbiked up Doi Suthep, a mountain in the range that divides Thailand and Myanmar and home to Wat Phrathat, a Buddhist temple and sacred site to many Thai people. Happened to be the day that 10,000 Chiang Mai University students and alumni took annual walk to Doi Suthep for orientation.

  • Came down from Doi Suthep in the evening and in a home-converted restaurant we shared pad Thai with prawns, pad gaproo (pork stir-fried with chili, beans, basil and egg) and Khao Soi (egg noodles, lime and chicken in curry sauce). Witnessed first downpour, but it let up by the end of dinner. 

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