Ban Chang Phuak

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    • Day 11

      Dag 10

      August 4, 2023 in Thailand ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      We zitten in een ander hotel in Chiang mai. Gisteren even een dagje rustig aan gedaan en vooral op de kamer verbleven. Het komt met bakken de hemel uit, dus dat is niet zo erg. Vanaag dan eindelijk onze KOOKCURSUS gedaan. Super leuk om te doen en het was heerlijk!!!!!!!!!!!. Eerst naar de lokale markt en later op de kookschool alles gesneden, zelf de currypasta gemaakt en toen alles zelf gebakken en natuurlijk lekker opgegeten. Ayla is een ware kokkin. Daar kun je dus gebruik van maken. Morgen nog even de stad in en dan vliegen we door naar Surat Thani om daar 1 nachtje te verblijven voordat we naar het nationale park Kho sok vertrekken.Read more

    • Day 74

      Becoming Thai Chefs

      November 25, 2016 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Today was our last day in Chiang Mai, and we spent it cooking, on a Thai farm, at a school. That may be obvious from the title of this post.

      We were picked up at our hotel before nine, and made our way, via a local farmers market, to the cooking school, which was located on a farm, roughly in the middle of nowhere.

      On the bus, we met Nate, an American travelling through Thailand, with his son and wife, though they weren't coming to the cooking school as planned, as his young son had taken ill, and required the loving attentions of a parent back at the hotel. This as it turned it, was a real shame.

      As it happened, Nate's wife is a university professor, specialising in disaster management - something that Courtney has recently found herself rather interested in. To be able to speak to someone on the subject would have been incredibly helpful. Of more significance though, is that Nate's wife was taking a sabbatical from teaching, and it was being spent for the most part, in NZ. They were moving to Nelson/Marlborough for 6-7 months, for some fully immersive time in NZ. We offered as many pointers as we could, and made sure to mention that when they eventually made it up to Auckland, we would be more than happy to catch up for a drink, or brunch, or beach day. We are pretty easy.

      Aside from Nate, coming from Colorado, in the US, there were people from all over the world, heading to the Thai cooking school on the bus. There were Australia's from Noosa, a Lithuania lady on a world tour, and an American couple from SoCal. Not quite the United Nations, but a reasonable mix of cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.

      After about an hour on the bus, we arrived at the farm, and set to being taught how to cook. On the bus ride in, we had all filled out paperwork to let the school know what dishes we wanted to do, where we had a choice, so we weren't all necessarily cooking at the same time, but we would all eat together immediately after making each course of our five course meal. This was where the best conversation happened, and the table felt very much like a family dinner, only without the relatives that you might otherwise see at such events.

      After five hours of cooking and eating, it was time for us to head back into Chiang Mai proper. As we were getting the overnight bus to Bangkok, we had all our gear with us at the cooking school, and were fortunate enough to be dropped off at the bus terminal, as the bus made its way passed hotels dropping off everyone else. After a bit of hassle finding the correct terminal for our bus company, we found the ticket office, got out tickets, and set about wasting away the next two hours until our bus departed. Unfortunately, the bus terminal was rather spartan, and definitely warm, so we thought that the best thing to do would be to find some more comfortable surroundings for our wait.

      This we found in a nearby shopping mall. Inside was a Tom N Tom's Coffee, the rough equivalent of Starbucks in Thailand, with prices to match. You could be forgiven for thinking that you were back in the western world, given the prices, but the place is clearly built for the Western crowd. It was air conditioned, and had wifi, and those were the most important things for us.

      When the time came to get on the bus, we were relieved to see that our seats were much better than for the ride into Chiang Mai. We were on the top deck, at the front, with a huge window to watch the trip back to Bangkok, The seats were a bit narrow though, as there four in such row, which made it impossible for us to fit into the contours of the seats. This was uncomfortable. Similarly uncomfortable, was the fact that with nothing in front of us, and with slippery vinyl seat we didn;t fit into properly, we were forever sliding off the front of the seats, held in only by our seat belts at the waist. It quickly became apparent that tonight was not going to result in a great deal of sleep.

      We lack the ability of people in this part of the world to sleep in almost any position, on almost any surface, in almost any local environment. Tomorrow morning is likely to be difficult.
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    • Day 8


      January 3, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Wir beschlossen einen ganz gemütlichen Tag, ohne genaues Ziel einzulegen. So frühstückten wir lange, um uns danach sofort eine Weile an den Pool zu legen. Danach gingen wir los Richtung Old Chiang Mai und besuchten das Maya Shopping Center. Das machte uns ziemlich müde und somit ließen wir uns in DEN Erholungspark von Chiang Mai fahren. Dort angekommen durften wir miterleben, wie sich Yoginis aus aller Welt trafen um gemeinsam Agro Yoga zu erleben. Es war ein super schöner Moment. Die Energie war unglaublich.
      Am Abend aßen wir im Jaidee Bamboo Huts sowas von köstlich.
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    • Day 83

      Best Deal In Town

      February 23, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      You can find great deals on delicious Thai food all around Chiang Mai, but it's hard to beat the cheap lunch at the food court in the Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall. Known to the local expats as "The Brown Rice Ladies" these two side-by-side buffet style counters each offer a selection of seven or eight dishes to choose from, some vegan, some vegetarian and some for the carnivores. The selection varies from day to day, but is always offered with a heaping portion of steamed brown rice. The price for rice and two selections from the buffet is ฿30 ($1.18 CAD) and for three selection the cost is ฿40 ($1.58 CAD). Today I was extra hungry and asked for four selections and was still charged only ฿40!

      The total cost of lunch for the two of us today was $2.76 CAD.

      I think we're going to be in for some serious sticker shock when we get home.
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    • Day 84

      Huen Muan Jai

      February 24, 2022 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      It's common knowledge among us vegans that when we go to a restaurant and want to let them know we don't eat meat, we have only to say the word "Jai" and they'll understand. In actual fact, jai is the Thai word for Buddhist vegetarian, a diet that includes egg consumption, but disallows onion and garlic.

      While walking around one day I noticed a signpost pointing the way to a retaurant that is listed in the Michelin guide. Brenda did a little legwork and found it located on a back street just northwest of our condo. It's named Huen Muan Jai, so, because of the name, we figured it would be a treat to go to a Michelin recommended vegetarian restaurant.

      We put it on our to-do list for our final week here and went there for lunch today. We went early because all the reviews say there is usually a long wait list if one arrives after noon. Immediately after Brenda's yoga finished at 11:00, we made our way there and were promptly seated. With great anticipation, we began perusing the menu and....WTF!?!?.... what are all these pork, chicken and fish items doing on a Jai menu? Today's Thai lesson: Jai in a restaurant name does not necesarily mean it's vegan friendly.

      Oh well, we were already here and managed to find four dishes that made us only slightly bad vegans for the day as three of the four contained eggs. Overall the food was very tasty and the service was fast and efficient. But unlike yesterday's bargain basement lunch with the Brown Rice Ladies, these four dishes, two servings of sticky rice and a bottle of water set us back a whopping ฿405 ($15.63 CAD). Very expensive by Thai standards, but less than the price of a plate of Pad Thai in Vancouver.

      So we can now scratch Huen Muan Jai from the to-do list and add it to the "been there, done that and don't need to do it again" column.
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