On day 20 we went to the Chiang Mai Zoo because the only zoo I’ve ever been to is the Greater Vancouver Zoo, and I’m telling you, that place is depressing!
First off, giraffes and zebras should not live in Vancouver. Period. Furthermore, if giraffes and zebras keep dying at the zoo, why maybe that should be an ever bigger hint that they shouldn’t live in such a cold climate! Come on!
Okay, anyways, when we went to the Chiang Mai Zoo I was at least satisfied with the thought that all the animals there were at least in their proper climate. That being said, zoos in general are just sad. These animals are locked up and even if they are treated well, the fact that their sole purpose in life is to be looked at by tourists in a cage is is just downright depressing.
But I still wanted to see all the animals, so I was definitely torn about the whole situation. I felt bad but I couldn’t help but squeal with excitement when the hippopotamus opened his mouth.
Also there were white tigers there!
And of course, the main attraction, pandas (which you had to pay extra for to see but it was still worth it).
On our last day in Chiang Mai (day 21) we took a Thai cooking class at the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School. It was recommended to me by a co-worker, and although it was a bit pricey it was well worth the money.
We learned 5 dishes, got to eat everything we made, and got a recipe book to take home with us.
It was a lot of fun, but I actually hate seafood. Besides cod, haddock, and halibut, anything that once lived in the ocean just makes me queasy. Luckily only two of the dishes we made had seafood in them, and even though I didn’t eat them, they were still fun to make.
My favourite part was making Pad Thai. I definitely made mine too spicy, but at least now I can handle spice! Before Thailand I would never order anything that was spicy, but now I’m like “Bring it on, baby!”
That night we checked out the Sunday Market to buy some souvenirs and word to the wise, go at like 5pm because after 7pm you won’t be able to even move inside the crowds. We tried going to the Saturday market the day before but after 5 minutes of being in the crowds we couldn’t stand it and left.
Next Monday will be my last trip post, so make sure to check back to find out how we spent our last two days in Bangkok, and how much the whole trip cost us!
Until then, here’s what we spent on days 20 and 21: