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by Rick Green, photography by Brian K. Smith

Smart Cook Thai Cookery School classroom at Baan Pasao

Most tour companies will not explain a country's cuisine to you. They are only concerned with filling your belly. If you're lucky, they will arrange local food at meal times, but without any explanation of what you're eating. That's overlooking a prime opportunity to learn about another culture at the most basic level, through your stomach. At Adventurocity, we love food. And taking this even further, we try to arrange a cooking school session on each of our trips. This is what our Brian K. Smith experienced in Chiang Mai when he paid a visit to Smart Cook Thai Cookery School.

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by Rick Green, photography by Brian K. Smith

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun is an unconventional Buddhist temple outside Chiang Rai that is being constructed under the direction of Chalermchai Kositpipat, a controversial, award-winning Thai visual artist. Kositpipat considers Wat Rong Khun to be his masterwork, an offering to Lord Buddha that will gain him the immortality of enlightenment. Construction began in 1997 and, similar to Gaudi's Sagrada Família, is not expected to be completed until well after the artist's death (in 60-70 years).

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