Hi all, we survived our trek! I hope you enjoy all the photos. We spent the last day before our trek doing a thai cooking lesson, which was so much fun. We started off by going to a food market and learning about some key things, the market was crazy so busy and colourful, and some strange things there I have never seen before! Hen got some fruit there called Dorian fruit which smells like blue cheese and sort of tastes like it too. There we got taken to their organic farm and shown around. We got to taste and try things they were growing. After that we got to cook our lunch, starting with how to make a curry paste (I did a red one and Hen did a yellow one) and then we made the curry with it. We also made a spicy soup and sir fry. We then ate all of this and got very full and sleepy lol and then had to make more stir fry and pudding. Hen made spring rolls and we both made mango sticky rice for pudding. They use sticky rice a lot here, and we both really like it :-) The cooking lesson was really great, and we had a really nice group, some people from nz, an old australian couple, a guy from germany, and girls from america, and it was funny because everyone looked some much like where they had come from.
The next day we started our trek, to find out not enough people had signed up for our trek (which we chose because it was easier) and that we had to go on a different trek. So we went with it and found out we had mountain trekking and white water rafting ahead of us!) So we visited and orchid farm first (like you do) and then a snake farm, where rambo came to train to handle snakes. Then we trekked in a monsoon up a mountain, there we some really tough points where it was so steep, and the rain made it so wet people we falling over constantly. Eventually ( I don't know how) but we made it to the top, where there is a tribe, how let us stay in a bamboo hut and provided us with dinner (which was amazing!) The group became like one big family and the trek guides played us some some and we had a sing song, and some beers. The showers (bucket of water) and the toilets (hole in the mud) were and experience! The next day we did 5 hours of trekking, stopping at lunch next to a waterfall which Hen and I decided to have a swim in. We then trekked to the next tribe where we stayed the night, having another great dinner, campfire, sing song, beers, and the guides smoking some questionable things! Day 3, we did a short trek to an elephant camp, where we did and elephant ride. Hen and I got a really nice elephant who was well behaved unlike the cheeky young elephants lol. There are so gentle and amazing. We got to feed the bananas on the ride and while Hen was holding the bananas someone elses elephant had his trunk round hen trying to get some more. Then after the elephant ride we went white water rafting, and then bamboo rafting, and then we were done! I have the blisters to prove it. Last night we went for falafel with some friends from the trek, which was really nice, (Irish, Canadian and Australian) Today we are trying to sort out how to get to Laos and go to the Zoo as we never got a chance and hopefully if there is time get a Thai massage for my aches and pains after that trek! I hope everyone at hope is well. Will try and blog again soon. Lots of love abbey and henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx