Published: July 14th 2006July 8th 2006
Have spent the last week in Chiang Mai, Pai and Bangkok (again!), before heading into Laos. As a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a 12,000 word essay on my adventures of the past 7 days.
Things that happened but weren't captured on film:
At the cookery school, we learnt how to cook onions in a way that could burn your house down. By heating the wok to a temperature just shy of the sun's surface, and then throwing the onions in, making sure to point the wok away
from your face (our teacher's eyebrows were painted on because she'd lost them in such an accident!), we created a burst of flame straight from the pan! I did manage to catch it on video, but sadly no photos.
We rented bikes to cycle to the waterfall, which was 7km uphill
. Luckily for me, after 5km, my bike chain snapped, so I locked my bike to a post and walked the rest of the way. At least getting home was easy (and rapid!).
As we bathed in one of the pools just off the tiered waterfall, we saw 2 young American couples about to jump into
the pool at the tier below us. Then, in full view of several tourists who were also there, they proceeded to take off all their clothes and jump in! We tried not to look, but I soon realised that one of the guys was waving at me, and beckoning me to come down. Took me a moment to realise that they wanted me to take photos on their cameras for them, so I descended down the slippery rocks and duly obliged. Weirdos!
There are more photos below