Thailand – Chiang Mai – Part 2

Ah, this little tale of a winter holiday in Thailand has dragged on so long, it’s close to ancient history. Sorry you’ve had to wait so long for this next instalment, but I’ve been a tad busy.

Our foray to Doi Suthep, a temple complex on the mountain overlooking the city, was really worthwhile, not least because of the cooler air and the breeze.

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The colours and contrasts really did it to me on this side-trip. If only the temple hadn’t been quite as overrun.

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Elephant statues peeking out of flowered hedgerows, mythological creatures rearing up in front of dark blue skies…

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…or bamboo shooting upward into the evening sky…

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…and even temples seem to be hunkering down for the night…

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…while traffic races on regardless.

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We also managed to catch a train to a place outside the city where we indulged in a day-long cooking course with a great little group of tourists.

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We’ve taken home a bunch of favourite recipes, including the delicious sour and spicy soup Tom Yam Kung or Tom Yam Gai.