We have arrived!
welcome to the wonderful world of RAIN.
1st night stay is at lub’d in Silom in Bangkok one of the most popular and cleanest hostels in Bangkok. After breaking my camera in transit we made our way to the local 7 story shopping centre Siam Paragon complete with madam Tussuad’s and ice rink. Avoid the shoe stores I managed to purchase my brand new sony for close to 50 pounds. Shopping was followed by cocktails in Coyote Mexican restaurant and bar after a quick de tour art the Pat Pong Market where you can literally purchase anything even Ping Pongs :s
Continuing our journey through thailand we take the short flight up to Chaing Mai. In comparision to Bangkok Chaing Mai is atmospheric, calm and pleasant. The people are more friendly and the prices are even lower!
Making our way to the traditional day market I give in and purchase my 1st pair of shoes for under 1 pound. A few streets later we find ourselves hungry and ready to hunt for food. Drawn in by the appealing exterior of the Whole Earth restaurant we took advantage of the locally produced food and pigged out on the traditional thai dishes and neighbouring Indian cuisine. The night was still young and in need of entertainment we make our way to watch Thai boxing held at the Kalmare Night Bazzer boxing stadium. The 1st fight was the most brutal shocked and disgusted at how young the contestants were. After the 1st five minutes having VIP front row tickets no longer seemed appealing as being covered with blood and sweat from the fighters is just nasty. The skill, technique and endurance that is used is amazing, if the sport wasn’t so violent I would be the number 1 fan.
The walking beings. 9am we head for the hill trek to visit the tribes of Chiang Mai. Equipped with our ponchos and pringles to combat the rain and hunger. 2 hours in we stop to have a shower under a waterfall the view was breathtaking and the water crystal clear, we washed away our troubles with the water massaging our backs.
After a 3 hour up hill trek we make it to the 1st village, the toilet a whole in the ground and the shower a hose I thought it would be more basic. As out of place as we look the more at home i feel.
I hate walking… 4.5 hours walking through rain, through bugs and elephant shit.
That is all.
Being woken up to find an elephant outside while we eat breakfast. I got the glorious duty to ride the elephant on its neck without anything to hold on to. I will admit I was shitting it! But its an experience that I will never forget. Unfortunately it rained to hard for us to go rafting down the river back to Chaing MaI but being so sore from walking I don’t think my bum could have taken the waves.
The only thing I want to do now is wash my clothes which at the moment smell like donkey arse and get a Thai massage.
We paid 3 pound each for a hour long Thai massage which felt like i had been stretched and at least 12 cm taller.
We have our 1st lay in and sleep past 8am.
Before leaving ChaingMai we thought it would be rude to not visit the Tiger Kingdom. Rhea got bitten by one of the cubs lol but it was weird being that close to such a massive cat!.
We are back in Bangkok now and just returned from some local drinks, its 3:18 am and we have not yet slept but we are making our way back to the airport within the hour to visit the south of Thailand. I will need a holiday from this holiday.