After many train delays we arrived in Chinag Mai at 9.30ish and got taken to our hotel BMP Resident (600 Baht a night). The lady on reception, Ping Pong (yes Tobes loved her name) was helpful and we quickly found ourselves booking a trek for tomorrow and a Thai cookery school day on Tuesday. We also sorted our trains and planes to get us down to the south too. The trek was 1,200 baht and cookery cost us 900 baht. We realised we didn't have enough dosh on us so they offered to take one of us to the atm...by moped! Gripping tightly onto the bars on the back of the bike I contemplated whether it was inappropriaye to wrap my arms around my Thai driver but decided against it after recalling previous Turkish bath exploits. I absolutely loved the short ride to the bank but seeing how they drive here I'm not sure I'd want to hire one- they drive all over the place.
Got to our room at last, finally showered and now clean we both felt a bit more human and proceeded to chill by the hotel pool until the Sunday night market started at 5pm.
Ended up napping til 5, hadn't realised how tired I was (Tobes had meanwhile been playing crazy birds on my itouch for an hour!) Woke up to a tropical downpour as it is rainy season here. The nice thing about the rain is it only seems to last an hour and then it's clear again and much cooler too. Tonight was the first evening we've both confortably walked into town and around the market for a few hours without overheating. Dinner was a jumble of dim sum from street vendors and fried squid (for Tobes of course) and a big chocolate waffle for me! They even had a live show on, complete with Thai fashion show! Tobes found a lady selling mangos and went crazy and bought 4, he ate 2 as soon as we got back to the room and had a mango fruit shake too- mangotastic!
I bought myself a lovely dress and bracelets and some earrings. I saw an elderly thai woman hand painting enamelled boxes so I bought one from her it was so intricately painted. Tobes got himself some t-shirts having realised polo shirts are too hot here, however we got home to realise medium in Thai is tiny so they are a bit too tight, whoops So many beautiful crafts to buy it was hard to tear your eyes away from the stalls, eventually our feet gave up and Tobes was getting disillusioned by my walking past stalls looking but not buying technique so we headed back to the hotel for a night cap pf beer and bed.