Back on the spew mobile from Pai to Chiang Mai where we stayed for a few more days. Chiang Mai has ended up being one of our favourite spots in Thailand – good food, cheap, not too touristy, plenty of tourist activities at very good prices, lots of local markets and local food. Actually there are a lot of tourists in Chiang Mai but it’s a big enough city to dilute them enough that it’s nowhere near as noticeable as in Pai. Apart from cruising the markets and bars and walking around town we did a full day Thai cooking class. A highlight was when the instructor taught us how to maximize the firey explosion when adding stuff the wok. It takes balls of steel to play with fire in these proportions and it’s especially impressive to any onlookers. Even better is if the food tastes good.