Took the overnight train to Chaing Mai, much better than i expected, had proper beds, a western toilet and it was such great fun with a big group of us. After getting lost near the hotel in search of a cash machine, i spent the day at a thai cookery course, making my own spring rolls and papya salad - wagamma's here i come!! When to Wat phrathat temple, all i can say is how much gold??!! Next stop was the night bizzaa markets - 'same same but different'!! 10th Sept - After packing a small bag for the next three supplies and an early breakfast we headed for the police station to check in with our passports, before stopping at a mini mart to get supplies for the remaining trek. Rode on an elephant very amuzing but not can't say im a fan of this way of travelling - especially with no driver!! Some how we're in the middle of the jungle and yet they can still get a photo of you rinted and framed within an hour! Had noodles for lunch and the last western toilet i'd see in days - AHH!! Started treking up the mountains, it was supposed to be easy for the moderatly fit but i was on my bum in the first five minutes!! Made a new friend with my bamboo stick - this should help i thought but oh no there were to be many more falls!!! not helped by my unsuitable fashion trainers with no sole and no grip!! Still thanks to Aaron being behind i slide into his foot as opposed to down the whole mountain!! Walked through natve villages - people live in shacks yet they can still watch thai boxing on tv, their priorities are so different to ours. Just as we were really flagging a beautiful waterfall emerged - little did we know we had to cross it to get to the otherside, and then wash in it! This became the start of my 'wet wipe washes'!! We slept in a bamboo hut that with the heacy rainful became part of the waterfall at midnight luckly we didn't float away! 11th Sept - Another early breakfast before treking through very slippery mountains, today it rained like you've never seen before and we were all absolutly soaked through and in need of a shower, but again the living conditions for the night was a bamboo hut, no running water but at least this thi toilet had a roof and a door - a luxuary! Tonight's entertainment was the village children singing and dancing to us and us joining in and teaching them english nursary rhymes. 12th Sept - After a freezing night. i was awoken with someone thinking i was their pillow! not the best compliment i've had but hey! Our clothes were still soaked and we had more mud to trek through, still made it past the water bufalo without being eaten! and finally got back to the hotel in Chaing Mai for a much needed hot shower and proper toilet! It was back to the night market and topped off with a guiness! 13th Sept - Having not endured enough exercise - spent today rock climbing it was tough but after a cople of trips up i soon had the bug, although to add to the scratches and bruieses from the tre i know had grazes to my knees which had been stained by iodine for antiseptic!! Hmm great bright orange knees that didn't wash away! Tonight was spent back on the overnight train to bangkok. The disco cart as definately worth a trip!