After spending a few days traveling through Lopburi to Sukhothai – we decided to head north and spend a few weeks resting and relaxing in Chiang Mai. Sofia has never really been the best cook :p – so I decided to sign her up for an authentic thai cooking course – watch the video below to find out how she did :p – The video also includes Sofia’s adventures to a fish spa, and enjoying a traditional Thai massage. Catch Part 1: Lopburi to Sukhothai Thailand Over-Run by Crazy Monkeys
This monkey was tricked by his friends to fall into a pool of water while chasing them for some food – he does not look too happy!
(our cooking course was Gayray was an amazing host, and teacher – we really recommend you attend one of her full day courses next time you are up in Chiang Mai, Thailand)
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Temples & Monks In Chiang Mai
With the overwhelming number of Wats, it comes as no surprise that Chiang Mai has very strong Buddhist traditions, and temples have become a very important part of peoples’ lives in the city. Many temples act as community centers, and they are also very popular places for people to go to just relax, sit down in the shade and contemplate – below I have posted a series of photos we took while walking around Chiang Mai last week.
The temple grounds are peaceful and quiet – and although the hectic streets are just outside the temple walls, you feel like you’re a world away from it all – there is so much to look at, and we loved all the wooden signs with words of wisdom that were nailed to the trees, reminding you of what is really important in life.
Every temple is beautifully decorated with golden details glittering in the sun, and they all have their own touches that makes each Wat unique and different from the rest – whether that’s a huge Buddha head statue or a Donald Duck statue eating noodle soup …
You can easily get templed-out while in Chiang Mai, but as soon as you leave you realize how much you took all of these beautiful serene places for granted …
Buddhist monks wear robes in different shades of Saffron and Orange. People say that this is because it used to be the cheapest dye available, and thus became a tradition.
Your Guide To Yummy Desserts In Thailand
I have a serious sweet tooth, one which needs to be satisfied every day. Food is ok, but desserts are to-live-for! If I could choose, I would have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So, wherever I travel, I make sure to try out at least a few desserts while I’m in each country, and South East Asia has been no exception. This time around, I’ve been trying typical Thai snacks and desserts – the Thai people are real snackers, and there is an abundance of sweets, snacks and desserts to munch on. Here are some Thai sweets that I’ve tried myself:
Sticky Rice and Mango
It might sound a bit like a savory dish, but it is really sweet and totally delicious, and is one of Thailand’s most popular and famous desserts. When the mango is ripe, there is no better dessert than this one, but the fruit has to be perfect.
Banana in Coconut Milk
This dessert is quite interesting, the bananas get a tangy flavor from absorbing the coconut milk, and the sesame seed add a nice extra detail.
Thai Style Banana Roti (Pancake)
Some people love them, others hate them. I absolutely love them, the best ones are found in Krabi (many different varieties, and cost only 15 baht!). Banana roti is the classic one, nothing extra needs to be added to it than the complimentary condensed milk. Just don’t count the calories…
Kanom Thom Khaow
These little green balls are made from rice flour, a common ingredient in Thailand. Inside the balls is a filling made of palm sugar and coconut – strange but yummy!
The Sponge Cakes
This is probably not a traditional thai dessert, but i have found them to be quite different from other parts of the world, or just pimped-out and exaggerated.
Think baptizing cake meets wedding cake meets birthday cake – in other words; an artificially colored and over detailed tasteless sugar bomb that is nicer to look at than to actually eat. It still makes you want to buy it a second time just because it looks so nice!
Black Sesame Dumplings (Tang Yuan) In Sweet Ginger Tea
This is rather interesting, and is far from any Western type of dessert. It tastes pretty healthy, and although the balls are a bit slimy, the sesame paste is nice, but strange. If you like ginger tea you will love the tea the balls float around in, it’s very strong – Nathan loved this one!
Impressions From The Islands Of Thailand – After traveling through Laos & Cambodia we decided to head down to the south of Thailand and relax for a while on a few of the islands – in the video below we decided to try something new – we wanted to try and capture our impressions of the Thai islands in video format.