A knock on our door before we went out yesterday afternoon was opened to find two Thai girls from the Hotel bearing a gift of a vase of green flowers made entirely from Pandanus leaves. It is a very clever thing to make flowers that look like roses from a leaf.
A lovely gesture but it did leave us wondering if they had detected a touch of the dreaded “Tropical Lassitude” in our behaviour and were attempting to ward it off with the only known cure The Pandanus Leaf. Must start walking further each day as a preventative measure!
Newspaper today says that arrivals at Chiang Mai airport from Korea and China are all being screened for high temperatures on arrival for signs of MERS. Facemasks already used by many may become the norm here and in most of South East Asia. Hopefully we will be safely in Kandy in Sri Lanka before it reaches here. The news people are saying that they expect it to find its way to Singapore soon and Korean tourism has dropped right off. It looks like Bill Gate’s recent statement that the greatest threat we face in the world today is not ISIL, famines, droughts, typhoons, earthquakes or threats of war it is a contagious disease wiping out a large percentage of the population.
The Wualai Road Saturday Night Market was a great experience. It stretched about 1000 metres along the road on either side with lots of space in the middle of the road. Genuine arts and crafts were for sale (not the usual imported stuff) and the food hawker stalls were irresistible to two ageing tooth people! We started with a coconut drink and a lemongrass drink. Next we succumbed to yummy pork satays, pork pot stickers, and finished off with the Thai Classic, Banana and Egg Roti cooked right in front of us. Delicious comes to mind. Total cost for all this was 160Bht or $6.15 Australian. As we had walked so much already yesterday we took a Tuk Tuk there and back for 170Bht or $6.55 Australian. We vowed to return next Saturday.
The 99Gallery hotel has a resident cat that matches the black and white hotel. It seems to bob up everywhere and gives a homely feel to the place. Near the market yesterday was the Silver Wat. It seemed a little like a tourist attraction as do many of the older or larger Wats here. We have spotted platoons of Tuk Tuks with a group tour on board going from attraction to attraction at speed and just stopping at each one for a quick selfie! I don’t think some of them see the attractions other than when the lovingly peruse their selfies! We live in such a narcissistic world!
Day of rest planned for today.