First off, the cooking class was amazing. Mathieu and I both had lots of fun. We went for a market visit and made many dishes including spring rolls, deep fried bananas, pad thai, green curry and coconut milk soup. We got to eat the dishes we cooked and everything was delicious. They also gave us an illustrated cooking book, which I'm really thrilled about :)
The next day, we went on a rafting trip. Since it's not quite the rainy season yet in Chiang Mai, the water was pretty low which means there were quite a few rocks. It was really exciting if a little scary at times. I really enjoyed it and I think it was worth while.
Then, the next day (I wasn't lying when I said we've been busy :P) we went for a 4 hour long trek into the jungle. I love trekking so I had a blast. Unfortunatly, on our way back down the path, it started pouring which means it got quite muddy. Thanks to my trusty Merrell hiking shoes, I didn't slip, but most trekkers kept landing on their butts. We finished the day exhausted and soaked, but satisfied.
We needed to go pick up my friend at the airport for the 1st of july so we headed back to Bangkok by train. Again, we took a sleeper train which I love :) The 13 hour journey just flies by when you can rest comfortably. It was quite cheap too. So we took the skytrain in Bangkok and met her at the airport. Then, we brought her to Khao San Road. There, we shopped ( I got bracelets and a tee) and got braids (she got half braids and I got a threaded bread). After we visited the Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is a very popular attraction in Bangkok. It's a site which houses a large number of beautiful temples. It's really a sight to behold. It was too hot when we visisted (I recommend visiting in the morning), but still very impressive.
The next day, we rented motorbikes and explored the island independently. We went to a place called Ko Ma, a small island which is connected to Koh Phagan by a stretch of sand. We also went to a chinese temple and to see a waterfall which turned out to be non-existent. The whole day was a blast.
Finally, on our last day on Koh Phangan, we booked a snorkeling trip. We left on a boat for the Marine Park and spent the day snorkeling and hiking on perfect white sand beaches or relaxing with a drink on the boat. I was a lot of fun, however, I got sunburnt like crazy even though I kept reapplying my SPF.
Overall, so far we've been doing loads of great activities! Hope you all enjoyed this update on my trip :)