Gap Guest House
Thai Cooking Class
September 23, 2001 (30-days)
Kha (saw-wa-d ka),
On my second visit to Thailand, I started in the north at Chiang Mai, did
a trek to the northeast and headed south to the island
of Ko Tao.
I spoiled myself in Chiang Mai with a beautiful room.
It was huge and loaded with antiques.
The restaurant and bar were equally quaint.
I had a lot of massages and took a Thai cooking class.
My favorite dishes are Hot and Sour Prawn Soup and Phad Thai.
Hopefully I'll be able to duplicate the flavor.
I also learned how to make daisies out of carrots.
I made friends with Khae (Car – use Boston accent); my cooking
instructor and she took me to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep the most sacred
temple in the north of Thailand. The
Naga – dragon-headed serpent – staircase with 300 steps is impressive.
After visiting the temple, Khae put me in a red truck – locals’ bus.
Another woman got in and started speaking to me in Thai.
I asked her if she knew English and she asked where I bought my
Thai skirt. We made small
talk. When it was time to get
out, the woman said she paid for me. I
was suspicious at first, wondering what the catch was.
When I realized it was pure kindness, I smiled all the way home.
I couldn't believe she paid for a complete stranger.
I've seen prostitutes in my travels, but nothing like the high
concentration in Chiang Mai. They
were at every bar I walked past.
I went on a 3-day trek northeast of Chiang Mai.
We hiked through the jungle and spent the first night at Hui Ya Sai
with the Lahu tribe. The magic
word which means hello, goodbye and thank you is "A Bo Ja"
After dinner, the women and girls descended on our table and opened shop.
There were seven of us and twice as many of them selling purses,
bracelets and other goods. It