Chiang Mai Activities 3rd - 5th October
Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
51Trip End Apr 08, 2008
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I've had three pretty action packed days. But before that I had my chillout day in Chiang Mai, where I went to the night market which is amazing. It's a really long road with loads of stalls lining both sides. They sell anything from bags to cushions to art work to t-shirts to trousers and much more. And all for a good price if you can bargain them down. I went with a malaysian guy I met in the hostel, and because his name is difficult to say calls himself Malaysia(!). He is amazing at bargaining, and was getting things for about 75% less than the original price he was quoted!
Anyway, the real fun began on wednesday, when I decided to take a Thai cookery course. Now anyone who knows me will know that cooking for me is popping a pizza in the oven or super noodles in a pan
On thursday I embarked on my two day/one night trek into the jungle. We drove for about 3 hours into the hills around Chiang Mai to a local hilltribe village. It was a strange place, really cut off from everywhere else. I was in a group of 10 in total; an Aussie couple, a group of four Irish girls, a Dutch couple and an American guy. The Aussie couple were great fun, called Dylan and Teresa. They had previously worked and lived in London, right near me! Dylan was even a personal trainer in a Holmes Place gym round the corner from mine! But they are on their way back to Oz now, and are doing some travelling along the way. Our guide for the two days was called Lop, and he was a great guy who always found everything funny and was always smiling, and was really knowledgeable too.
The trek we did was 'interesting'. In other words I have several grazes to show for it! I had thought that trekking would be a nice walk through some jungle, but instead involved quite difficult climbs up hills, along river banks, past waterfalls and across streams on slippery rocks! Most people ended up with an injury, but I seemed to end up the worst! Another problem was leeches. They were really small but could end up all over you, as my left arm found out when I went swimming in one of th waterfalls we passed
The next day we had a short walk to another village that makes green tea, and through some forest so Lop could point out some nature facts, then it was back on the truck and off to see the elephants! We got to the camp, had some lunch then all jumped on our elephants! (well not literally, that would be very difficult, we actually just got on via a platform). We went across a river, through some jungle, had a break (well the elephant controllers did), then walked back through the river and off. It was a much better experience than in Kanachaburi, as it was longer and over more a more difficult area, so it was a more real experience. It was also really funny, as one of the elephants decided he didn't want to go with the others and ended up in a bush about 200m away, complete with his controller and two of the Irish girls!
Finally we jumped on the truck and went up the hill to do some white water rafting! I have to admit I'd been looking forward to this the most, as it's something that always looks really good fun and exciting
Sorry it's so long, but so much to tell! Hope you're all ok back in blighty! Oh and thank you to everyone who has shown their support against the girls on the train, I'm touched that from my brief entry you all dislike them so much!
Take care, keep in touch, missing you all!