When we first arrived in Chiang Mai I was a little bit disillusioned by the way that tourism has taken over the city- there seemed to be more foreigners than Thais in downtown Chiang Mai, their ‘Night Bazaar’ was a very large collection of stands selling plasticky souvenirs to tourists, and every second thing on wheels- tuk tuk or Songthaew (red passenger truck) had ‘Tiger Kingdom’ or ‘Elephant Camp’ on the side. Who wants a ticket to hug a sedated tiger? How about a sedated tiger cub? Any takers? Clearly there are enough to make a very profitable industry out of it.
I felt like we weren’t doing so well at getting to know the real Chiang Mai, and even though we walked for hours on foot I felt that it was a lot harder to get a sense of how the locals lived than it was in Bangkok. Phil booked a Thai cooking class on the next morning that we spent in Chiang Mai, and I was thrilled with how brilliant it turned out to be.
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