Right then so I know I havent updated in a while so here goes......
As most of you know my first couple of days in Bangkok were not the happiest but Oh My Buddha did it get better!!
I met up with my G Adventures group last Saturday and everything changed, there were 15 of us in total plus the most amazing tour guide Mr Yoo (including Brits, Germans, Austrians, South Africans, Americans and Australians so quite a mix)travelling up to Chiang Mai and I had the best time!!
The first night started as we meant to go on with lots of drink :) as our introductury meal turned into drinks on the mental Kho San Road amazing atmosphere, cheesy music and buckets of booze for about 5 quid - those of you who know me well will also know why this cheered me up.
The next day we took a trip to the reclining buddha temple which was both interesting and spectacular before later that evening boarding the night train to Chaing Mai. The night train basically consists of a very long train journey sleeping in bunks which could be very boring until we discovered the disco cart...... :)
If only they had these in the UK once u mix lots of alcohol, Gangnam style and a very bumpy ride you are in for a wicked night!! Lots of dancing and drinking help for a good nights sleep on a rather uncomfortable train.
Once we arrived in Chiang Mai and a much need shower at the hotel we headed up to the Doi Suthep temple with a total of 300 steps to get there - which I thought would be fine considering how many times I am up and down at the Papermill how I was wrong!! Once up there though the view was amazing, we also got blessed by a monk and got to pick a fortune although mine was bad we were allowed to put those back so I hope it doesnt count. That evening continued with a bit more drinking ofcourse and dinner at the night bazaar where I spent far too much on presents and a wicked 'Mulberry' bag and purse which also cost far too much to send back home but there was no way that was being carried around for too long.
Thee next day was where the hard work started we all departed the hotel and met Mr Ooh La La the tribesman who was to guide us the next few days. We started by riding in a truck truck - which is basically a big truck with no back so holding on is a must - up a massive hill where our trek would begin but not before a quick dip in a waterfall which was spectacular to look at but not so good when one of the other travellers Boris tried to drown me under it although I will say he did then save me so all is forgiven :) First day trekking lasted about an hour and a half mostly downhill which would you think is easier - its not - before arriving in the Karen tribal village where we would sleep in a cold hut for the night with no electricity and an ''unhappy'' toilet which is basically a hole in the ground with no running water and no paper which equals very unhappy Klair :( We made the night go quicker with several drinking games including one where me, Kayleigh, Matt and Boris severely lost and ended up with charcoal all over our faces and doing a funny if not a little bit embarassing dance for the group suffice to say I wont be bringing that game back to the UK.
The next day continued with yet more trekking up the steepest hills for about 4-5 hours where me, KAyleigh and Bailey nearly passed out until we were made a bamboo walking stick SCORE!! The reward at the end though was worth it where we got to ride elephants to the next village for our overnight stay. My elephant however was sooooo greedy and several times tried to take me over the edge of the cliff whilst getting more food which was slightly terrifying!! Another night another tribal stay where it seemed 10 times colder however the food and drinking games once again were brilliant!!
Thankfully in the morning we made our way back to civilisation via bamboo rafting and an amazing Pad Thai. I dont think I have ever been so happy to have a shower and a real bed as I was that day and also rewarded myself with the best massage EVER (sorry Sam and Sharon). To celebrate our last night in Chiang Mai we all went to a ladyboy show which was...... interesting. It was basically cabaret and some of them looked REALLY convincing the night continued once again with cocktails before we all had an early night for a change after a few very knackering days!!
Our last day in Chiang Mai we went to a THai cooking class where we got to make and eat lots of yummy food and were given as recipe book at the end to continue - Mum I have sent this home so expect some excellent cuisine upon my return ;)
That evening we headed back onto the sleeper train and drank copius amounts of rum (surprise,surprise) and danced the macarena and much more cheesy songs until we ceremoniously got chucked out at 11pm uh oh!!
I also have to mention Aisha who was my room mate and surrogate guardian for the trip bless her she probably got so annoyed with me at times but always looked out for me and had the best giggles I have had in a while with Aisha, Matt, Kayleigh and Boris without them I probably would have had less hangovers but also alot less fun ;)
In summary so far I loved Chiang Mai however arriving back in Bangkok I already couldnt wait to leave again so myself and one of the other single travellers Boris are tagging along down to Khao Sok natinal park for a night although that does mean another sleeper train tonight although I think we all know by now how I will cope with that .......
I also need to decide between Ko Phi Phi or Lanta after that so any suggestions would be much appreciated?!?!
Until next time hope everyone is having a wicked time back home and update you soon!!