So to get to Chiang mai we got the over night train that took 12 hours and was quite a good experience I will write a separate blog post about the sleeper train at another time but I would recommend it, it’s cheap clean and a new way to travel.
We arrived in Chiang mai at 8:15am and took a short taxi ride to our hotel around 20mins had a quick freshen up and chill by the pool before we went off as a group to do our Thai cooking class this is a must it’s cheap around 1000 bht £30ish and you learn a whole new style of cooking even if like me your pallet is not quite up to the taste of the food it’s still a fun and interesting thing to do whilst your in the food capital of Thailand we made 4 dishes – spring rolls, Thai soup, Thai green curry and pad Thai the pad Thai and spring rolls were my favourite we got to eat it all to by the way so that was dinner sorted.
Some of the group opted to look around the area and stay by the pool and me and some others decided to go to tiger kingdom what was amazing the tigers are well looked after and very much awake and not sedated may I add if the didn’t want there photo they simply walked away lol a few did this but it was such a fun thing to do and have some great pictures and memory’s from it! If you don’t mind things like that I would say go do it it cost us around 200baht return taxi and I did the big tiger what was 420baht there was all different sized down to little baby cubs all at different prices and packages to do if you wish to do more than one type of tiger. I loved it and was well worth my money but if it’s not your thing then I’m sure it’s fine to give it a miss but like I said they were not sedated or in bad conditions they were well looked after.
6pm we are now having a meeting with our trekking guide for tomorrow telling us what we will be doing what we need etc.