So, yesterday we had looked at a new place to stay so we thought we had that sorted.. Wrong.
So we got up not too late and went down for what would be our last rainforest hotel breakfast, milly wasn't too hungry but I wanted to make the most of it... So I had a nice round of fresh fruit, rashers of bacon with pancakes and honey.. And topped it off with some tasty masuman curry and rice.. After that we went back to the room for a little nap and checked out at 12 on the dot.. We went to the hotel we had booked yesterday, which was a rather cheap 250 baht a night for a double fan with ensuite and wifi.. However, once we arrived we were told the price had changed to 350 a night.. Still not unreasonable for 7 quid total a night.. But we felt cheated! So we had to put our packs back on and go searching for a place.. After looking at two and almost settling on one we decided we would look at just one last one.. And right now lying in our bed for he next few nights we are very glad :) for 250 baht with all the same as before and nicer than the more expensive one! Also we noticed that if you live at this guest house you get a discount on the cooking course we have booked.. Stroke of luck!! So we asked the old Thai lady at the front desk about this and yes it was true and we received a discount of 150 baht each!! That's one whole days meals for both of us!
Next on the list that I wanted to do in Chiang Mai was to visit mrs pa's famous smoothie stand... She has a Facebook page and a website, but when we looked for her yesterday we could not find her, today we realised that we were looking in the wrong place so we thought we would try again tonight, to try these legendary smoothies... And wow, was it worth the trek, effort and journey... Yes. I will put a photo up soon of us with mrs pa and our smoothies.. She knew her stuff.. She had a stall about 3 foot across wih one blender a number of knives, some big bags of ice and a very big grin on her cheeks. We had no clue what to order.. So we chose one fruit we liked the look of and she whisked away a number of different items and blended together with ease.. The result was incredible.. Our faces lit up with the flavour.. Milly had a dragon fruit, coconut and melon smoothie with plenty of coconut milk, I had a dragon fruit, lime and passion fruit one.. They were both so delicious and refreshing... And what made this smoothie even sweeter was that for this, she charged 20 baht. 40 pence... So, needless to say , we cannot wait to go back again tomorrow after 5 pm, outside of the Chiang Mai old city gate.
On our way back from this smoothie heaven we stopped of for a roti pancake, milly had what was becoming her usual - a banana and nutella one, whilst I had an egg and honey one.. An odd combination but it worked and was delicious.. Milly had her eyes set on a full body massage.. So that's what we did next.. Hopped inside a little boutique which had a fish tank full of guppies at the front. We were whisked onto two beds and told to lie down.. I had chosen a neck back and shoulder massage.. That oddly began with my feet, however I was not going to complain considering we had walked about 12 km today.. :) the next hour flew past, with moments where I was drifting off to sleep and I know milly was feeling the same too. I thought that a massage would be much more awkward an experience than that, but I was very wrong.. It was so relaxing, and at the end we both wearily got dressed and stumbled to the front reception where we had iced tea by the fish pond.
On the way home we felt like having a Chang to share and a little nibble.. We picked a red curry and rice and were enjoying it.. Until milly found an UFO in our dish.. A caterpillar.. This is milly's most hated insect.. However, she made no fuss and finished the rest and it was yummy, maybe the caterpillar even added flavour.. When the owner came over we asked her what it was just to be sure.. She said sometimes they burrow into the eggplants and you cannot see them as it is camouflaged... She took our plates away and was so apologetic for the whole thing and offered us the entire meal and drink for free.. How lovely!! We chatted to her for a bit as her English was very good, and she told us that her husband was English and they had been married for 15 years until he passed away 1 year ago.. How sad we thought.. But she seemed a very happy lady and everyone at the coffeehouse adored her and we think we might too... We are going back for breakfast in the morning and we are looking forward to it :)... Hopefully no more bugs though!