We had to check out of our hotel yesterday morning and were picked up with our backpacks and taken to the tour organiser. When we got there we realised we were extremely organised as two lads from the UK came in and still needed to pack for the trekking!
We got a coach up to the mountains (although we are not sure where). We stopped off at a market and got supplies (water) - the two lads brought toothbrushes and debated on whether to get any deodrant!!
Next stop was the elephant trekking. Firstly we had our lunch then went to feed an elephant, you wouldn't believe how something so big could be so gentle when there's food around!
Our elephants took us up the mountain. Some people even got on the front by their ears, we weren't brave enough! We had the smallest elephant, he was only 9, his name was Film.
Then came the trek!!!! Hmmm we really didn't know what we were letting ourselves in for!! This consisted of a 3 hour climb in the boiling heat. When we finally got to the top the village we were staying in looked like it wasn't worth all the effort!! We were dripping with sweat and just wanted a cold shower - that was lucky because that's all they had there!!
We had dinner and local children sang us songs around the campfire. We played some games and went to bed pretty early because there was no lights and plus we were all knackered!!
Coming down the mountain this morning was just as difficult. We stopped off at a waterfall and got straight in - it was so well deserved. Two hours later we got to the place where we got into our boats for white water rafting!! We had water fights and got stuck along the river. It was so much fun!
We then got on to a bamboo raft and carried on down the river. This was not quite so fun but did get chance to look at the beautiful scenery and the wild elephants.
We then got the coach home and have just got our stuff sorted in the hotel. We are heading out for a few well deserved drinks...!