We said bye to Phil here and flew over to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where we had a really nice few days staying at the Green Tulip Guesthouse which was so great, anyone who visits has to stay there! The staff were amazing - they actually told us one day that we brought them happiness- and every single wall of the hostel was a different colour. What more could you want.
We spent the first day in Chiang Mai on a Thai cookery course, learning to make curries, stir fries, noodles, soups - all of which were fantastic if we do say so ourselves. We also spent a day learning to be mahouts at the Baanchang Elephant park which rescues mistreated elephants in Thailand. We learnt how to ride and command the elephants to go, stop, turn and sit down, and we got to feed, bathe and ride the elephants bare back.
It was a really great once in a lifetime day out, which we'd recommend to anyone. For our last day we visited the Don Su Thep temple, which we found much more impressive than the temples in China, and a much calmer atmosphere too. Last stop was Tiger Kingdom, where we went into the tiger enclosures with the tigers - though a cool experience, I think we were both a little too scared to fully relax and enjoy it!
We're now in Koh Samui, with Emily, Jessie and Rio, and are having a great time relaxing after an unbelievably crazy 4 months - though without a doubt the best of our lives. See you all in a week!