After the dinner we visit
the market, where Tomi “has to have” a sausage, which he does
not like at all.
On our way back to the
guesthouse we visit Writer's club winebar, which is run by a
former foreign correspondent. We enjoy the rest of the evening
with Thai Shiraz 2008 by Khao Yai Winery, Sawasdee, PB Valley.
We are overwhelmed by the
abundance and variety of fruits, vegetables, berries, pickles,
candied and dried fruits, honey, strawberry wine and whatever.
Thailand's climate is optimal for growing anything from root
vegetables to tropical fruits to berries, some of which are
familiar to us from our home country, such as strawberries and
For our last whole day in Northern Thailand we have booked a Hike
Bike trip to Doi Suthep, organized by Chiang Mai Mountain Biking. When
we arrive, the bike shop is busy shuffling people back and forth
between the office and the vehicles that take them up to the mountain.
Finally, we are in a truck on our way up, still quite not sure if we
are going to the right place ...
... but later move to a narrow trail that follows the gradient. The
trail is rather dry and dusty, which sometimes makes it hard to keep
the grip. It also gets quite steep at some point. The Dubai woman has
difficulties balancing on the trail, and packs her heavy camera
in the backpack to free her hands. When she's about to move on, we
notice her water bottle lying on the ground, and notify her about it.
Anyway, Tomi carries the bottle out of the forest for her.
Eventually, the hike is too much for her, so the guide takes care of
getting her out of the jungle, and rest of us can just go on and on