Sorry it has taken so long to get my second Thailand post up, A2 has been crazy hard already with assignments coming at me all the time. However I am going to write all of the posts up now and publish them in consecutive days, so today’s is about the trek phase of my World Challenge, tomorrows will be about my time on the island of Ko Chang and then wednesdays will be about the end of my trip, when I was in Cambodia. Right now that admin is out of the way, on with the post.
In my last post I had just left Bangkok. From Bangkok we travelled to Khao Yai National park for a mini practise trek we had to camp and cook all of our own food on a open stove this proved very difficult at times as it took so long to get the fire going. We also had to eat basic rice and noodle dishes that were less than appetising after walking in the humidity all day but it could have been worse. This was my first view of the national park. Then on the second day of walking we ended at a waterfall this was amazing, here are a few pictures.
After our mini trek we travelled on the overnight train up to Chiang Mai which was really cool, you got your own bunker and it was the best way to travel a long distance up to the top of the country. We then had a few days to spend in Chiang Mai before we drove to Chang Dao for our main trek phase. one evening we drove up the hills to this massive temple to watch the sunset although we has to climb a lot of steps to get to the top!
I naturally tried to take a selfie at the top! Emphasis on tried!
The view after the sun had set:
The next day we set off for Chiang Dao where we were on our main trek for four days. This time we stayed in a variety of huts, hammocks and even someones house. Early on the first day we went white-water rafting it was so exhilarating and adrenaline filling, unfortunately i didn’t take any photos as i would have lost my camera as the rapids were well very rapid at times. On the first night the guides taught us how to cook come traditional Thai cuisine, here is a picture of me and my friends Rob, Eve and Michael looking very proud of ourselves.
I took quite a few photos of the amazing views that we saw throughout the days these are my favourites, you feel such a sense of accomplishment when you get to the top of the hill you are on and can see for miles its like all the hard work you put in was worth it.
While we were on trek we also had the opportunity to go elephant riding and bamboo rafting. The bamboo rafting was really fun and a bit more relaxing than white-water rafting, but the elephant riding was disappointing as we had paid a fair bit of money and when we got there we found out that the elephants weren’t treated in the best way, but here is a picture of a cute baby elephant although it has a chain on it. 😦 There is also a picture of out bamboo rafting group.
That’s all for this post today, I hope you liked it, let me know and stay tuned for the last two World Challenge posts coming soon!