We travelled north up to Chiang Mai after meeting our group for the trip in Bangkok on an overnight train which was interesting!! We arrived in Chiang Mai the next morning and went straight to our hotel although we were a bit late since the train had stopped about four times during the night because of technical faults!
We were taken on a tour of the town and immediately thought it was a lot nicer than Bangkok. It was also a bit cooler but not much. That evening wee went to the night market, to improve our bartering skills, and to the trek shop to get some suppl;ies that we would need on our trek.
The next day we started early and all got in trucks into the jungle, first we had to go to the tourist police to log the fact that we were going into the jungle in case we got lost. We stopped off on the eway at a waterfall wehre we were allowed to swim, then we made our way to the jungle to start the trek. It was pretty strenuous trekking we thought it was going to be a lot easier but there was a lot of uphill!! Eventually we made it to the hilltribe village where we were staying, the huts were basic but it was nice. We all bathed in the stream then had dinner around a campfire cooked by our guides which included the most amazing spring rolls!!
The next day we had a longer trek to the next vilage but in the afternoon we didn't have to trek as we were on elephants -whgich was awesome! me and Freay had an elephant called SUnhar who was very well behaved and i even got to ride on its neck which was quite uncomfortable after a while, however the rest of our group had badly behaving elephants Georgie and James' was grumpy because it didnt get a banana, so it kept running off with them.
We made it to the village later that evening and had a tour round the village and another bath inm the stream.
The next day we went bamboo rafting, it was either this or 5 hours trekking so it was pretty obvious that everyone was going rafting. The raftes were just bamboo sticks laid flat with no sides and we were going through rapids! Freya and Saks raft got stuck and couldnt be moved on a rapid so they had to jump out of the boat and flot down the rapids which was hilarious for everyone watching!
We all made it back in one piece though to our hotel in CHiang Mai so that evening we went out to celebrate.
The next day we caught another overnight train back to Bangkok, it was really sad to leave our group in Bangkok as we had all had a really good time on the trip and didn't reqally want to be back in BAngkok.