Had another fun day in Chiang Mai. We started off by going to a cooking class where we cooked 5 dishes. First we got to pick 3 catergaries with everyone there from either appetisers, noodles, stir fry, soup and dessert. Curry paste and curry were compulsory. We picked appetisers, noodles and annoyingly soup!
We then were able to pick from 4 dishes in the catergories what we each wanted to cook, so that was good. First up was noodles. I picked to do fried rice. Most people had picked to do Pad Thai. Once he had shown us how to cook it (after we had prepared our ingredients) we all cooked our first dish, which was super quick! It tasted pretty good, so now I can do chicken fried rice for myself!! I then made spring tolls which were really yummy! We made tge curry paste next and then prepared our soups. I hadn't wanted to cook soup, but as we had too I picked the local soup which you couldn't get in restaurants. I didn't really like it, one of the ingredients was too overpowering and unfortunately I didn't like it's taste! We then made our curries, I was doing Khaw Soy (I think) which was nice but a bit too sweet tasting for my liking!! But we really enjoyed ourselves and now I'm an acclaimed Thai chef haha. We were each given a cookbook too.
We stopped briefly back at the hostel and then made our way to the Tiger Kingdom, which took a half an hour tuk tuk ride, but only cost a pound each!! We got to go in tge cage with the baby tigers, 1 - 2 months old. They were so gorgeous and playful, though some were having a good snooze! We weren't allowed to pick them up or touch their face of front paws but you could stroke them and rest your head on their tummy! One of them also decided I was a tasty snack and started knawing at me! We then moved into the cage with the big tigers, Arthur and I were pretty nervous, because even though they are used to people they could still easily kill you! We were able to cuddle up to these beautiful creatures, who weren't in the least bit interested in us! There was 3 in this cage so I was nervous! We got to stroke all 3, and one was just chilling in the pool as it was so hot!
They really are such beautiful animals, and though I wish and ideally they would be out in the wild, at the same time this tiger sanctuary is protecting them as they are hunted and endangered, so a good and bad situation.
We met up with and said bye to Rowan who was heading down south, but we'll probably see him in Ko Phi Phi. Off to Cambodia tomorrow evening which is exciting, really looking forward to it!