Stu Paul Sam's Travels
We have just returned from a three day trek in the jungles outside of Chang Mai. We joined a group of 10 other western tourists seeking a bit of culture and headed into the hills in a most uncomfortable pick up truck. The first day we treked for 4-5 hours through thick jungle and arrived at a hill tribe village by a river, which we all proceeded to jump in to cool off. A glass of local moonshine and a green curry and off to bed in a wooden shack with many holes in the floor. Second day and we realised that it was only us and one other in our group that had decided to do another night in the jungle, started to have second thoughts about now. We pushed on inot the jungle on elephants for a few hours they are extremely good at climing up hills and we travelled a fair distance on them. A few more hours on foot and we arrived at our second viillage for more of the same moonshine. Third day we travelled out of the jungle down the river on bamboo rafts. the heavens opened and the river swelled it became increasingly like a white water rafting experience but we eventually made it. only to discover that another night in the jungle seemed likely as the road was flooded. We were all devastated. Eventually the rain stopped and the flooding went down enough for us to try and get across. We got stuck half way up the other side but thankfully a couple of white water rafter chaps gave us a hand and we made it across. The van did however seem in a bad condition but it made it back to the hotel so happy days.