I have arrived in Chiang Mai after taking the overnight train and it's very nice. It's like a chilled out version of Bangkok, plenty of stuff to do with markets and shops etc but without all the people hassle you for tuktuks and other services.
We have a lot planned over the next 5 days. Today we are sorting out accommodation for rest of our stay, as well as food and transport etc. We are then visiting a temple and then going to the Chiang Mai Night market tonight.
Tomorrow we are going to the Tiger Kingdom where we will get to cuddle and play with both adult and baby tigers. Afterwards we are planning on visiting either the Monkey Show or Monkey Sanctuary or something similar.
Then on Sunday we are doing Jungle Flight which is 7 hours of climbing through trees and zip wiring around, should be a lot of fun!
Monday we do the Elephant trek for 2 days where were we ride on elephants, feed them, bath them in the river, and then sleep in the jungle or something. Should be amazing, as we've been told Chiang Mai is the place to do it!
Then on Wednesday we are taking a Thai Cooking course for a day, where we pick our own ingredients from the markets, and then we get to cook about 6 different courses, choosing a dish for each one. I am thinking of doing Red Thai Curry paste, Red Thai Curry Chicken, Pad Thai Beef, Spring Rolls or Noodle dish, Coconut milk dish, and then some soup or something!
So it's a busy week in comparison to the start of my travels, therefore it's a bit of an expensive one, however still probably extremely cheap compared to the rest of the world!
Afterwards we head to somewhere else in North Thailand, maybe Chiang Rai, where we will do a trek with a hill tribe and stay a night with them.