After our time playing with the elephants I was on a super high! We still had time in Chiang Mai and this group just keeps moving. Some of us visited a really cool 3D art museum which brings taking photos of yourself to a new level.
Our tour guide brought us to visit a village outside Chiang Mai to have a traditional Thai Khantoke dinner in the home of a local family. The patriarch invited us to place a flower in the spirit house before we entered the home. Many places have spirit houses outside them to keep bad spirits out of the homes. People must offer the spirit house food, drinks, flowers and other gifts as well to bring good luck.
Our host then invited us upstairs to his home and we saw pictures of his family. Then we sat and he had us put some odd ingredients in a leaf. So we did. Then he told us to chew it. So we did. The we spit it out because that’s what you do.
After that experience we ventured into the garden. He had an herb and a leaf for everything! Stomache issues, bleeding, headaches, muscle aches, allergies, impotence, you name it. He had so many interesting and helpful plants. He even had his own rice paddy field.
After our tour his son and granddaughter offered us an appetizer. Meanwhile grandma was rolling cigars for us. There was a family of 14 living on this land and everyone was involved in welcoming us.
We ate a delicious authentic Khantoke dinner which was a large round tray that had several small dishes to share with friends. The food was absolutely amazing and everyone enjoyed the dessert and tea after dinner.