Day 17 part 2
We ate that night at an Italian restaurant and were told about options during our trek the following days.
After eating we went to watch Muay Thai boxing for a couple of hours before going back to the hotel.
We met 'Sunny' the guide at 9am and he introduced us to our guide for the trek who works for him. His name was Suryan and we set off toward the trek starting point. On the way we stopped at a market for Suryan to buy food to cook us that night. We also stopped at a cave which was filled inside with temple carvings and statues. We got to the trek stop an hour later and began a 1hr 30mins walk to the village we would be staying in, we crossed 2 rivers by bridges the guide made when we got to them from bamboo sticks and saw multiple fruit farms such as pumpkin and pineapple. We got to our homestay which was a large hut just outside the village with space for 16 mats with mozzie nets. We played cards again for a bit before we ate our dinner which Suryan cooked for us. We got to bed at 9pm as there was only candles to see anything with.
We got up and had toast for breakfast and set off on a 1 hour up-hill trek to another village where we began our elephant ride. Andy and I got the biggest elephant out of the lot and also the fastest, it kept trying to get past the other, slower, elephants. The trek was an hour long but felt a lot shorter. After that we drove for a few mins to the river where we got on bamboo rafts, which were about 10 bamboo logs tied together which we sat on. We got the opportunity to steer the raft much like punting. 30mins later we got to the end point of the raft trip.
We then stopped for lunch on the way back. After lunch we stopped at an elephant dung paper factory where they showed us how to make paper out of elephant dung. After that was Tiger Kingdom where we could pick ages of tigers to get photos with. I chose the smallest which was 3 months and the biggest which were around 25 months old. I got 15mins with each and some photos for 17 pounds in total.
We then left back to the hotel and went for dinner and then to the night markets.
Day 20 + 21
Andy and I got up and checked out the hotel and met Aisling, Sarah and Emma as we were going to a Thai cooking class today. The classes were on an organic farm where they grew chillies, long beans, bananas and other ingredients they use. Our teacher 'Tommy' explained about they types of rice and curry pastes. We picked 5 dishes we wanted to cook from 5 categories. I cooked: Yellow Curry, Tom Yum Soup, Chicken + Basil, Spring Rolls and Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango.
We ate lunch which was the first 3 dishes before cooking the last 2. and got a free cook book of all the recipies. We got dropped back at the hotel too.
We then got a minibus to the bus station to get our overnight bus to Bangkok, which was designed very much like an aeroplane, there was 'hostesses' which brought us meals and drinks and they were called 'Nongchan Air' even though they were busses.
We arrived in Bangkok at 5.30am and checked into our hotel and went to get a few hours sleep.
At 12 we got up had lunch and went to see the Grand Palace, Reclining Budda and the Emerald Budda. At 4pm we went back to the hotel to get ready to go eat. We went to eat at 6.30 and I went into one of the many tailors shops in bangkok to see what their suits were like, for the material I liked they wanted 105 pounds for but I got them to do it for just 58. So I ordered one in a brown colour with a pale stripe in it and got measured. Going back for a fitting tomorrow afternoon.
Got back to the hotel and went to bed.