Trecking in Chiang Mai

July 9, 2011 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

The treck was far more tourist friendly than the last one i went on, which to be honest i really appreciated. They picked us up from our hotel at 9am and off we set. It was a 2 hour drive to our first activity, stopping at a local market on the way to pick up some last minute supplies. When we arrived we were greeted with a delicious lunch at a cute little restaurant just next to the elephant camp.

Elephant riding was great fun despite our elephant being over fed and over spoilt by tourists. He couldn't have been less interested in our bananas! It was pouring with rain and i mean POURING but no one seemed too bothered. Have to say i am thankful my cameras waterproof because it wouldnt have stood a chance otherwise. The scenery was breathtaking! It truely felt as though we were in the middle of a rainforest, despite the main road being just a few minutes drive away.

After little more than 4 hours of actual trecking we made it to our camp for the night. It was a small village of about 3 family huts and 1 large hut for the tourists. Aside from there being no running water everything looked very comfortable. After a refreshing swim in the river we enjoyed a traditional Thai dinner prepard by the locals. Unfortunately the rest of the evening wasnt quite as enjoyable. I began to feel ill so i went to bed early while the others stayed up getting to know eachother over a few drinks. I woke a couple of hours later with pains and spent the rest of the night and much of the morning throwing up. Jürgen even in his blind state, was as sweet and helpful as possible.

The next day i began to get spasms and cramps in my arms and legs so we decided to cut our treck short and wait till i was feeling well enough to make it to the hospital. By the afternoon my spasms had relaxed and i felt i was able to walk the 3km to the nearest road. From there we were picked up by a ute and taken to the same place we had had our lunch the day before. By then i was feeling much better so our guide suggested that instead of going to the hospital we would like to have a go at the bamboo rafting which was originally planned for the next day.

Bamboo rafting was lovely. Beautiful and relaxing, which was exactly what i needed. Unfortunately we were farewelled with a massive soaking by some men standing in the water towards the end of the river. That made the hours ride back to the hotel rather uncomfortable as i began to feel quite unwel again. Luckily after a nice warm shower and good nights sleep everthing was back to normal.


Ps- My sickness had absolutely nothing to do with thailand :)


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