10.03.2009 96 °F
Hey everyone! were back in bangkok now after a very hot 14 hour train journey, the air con broke 2 hours into the journey, we were all dripping with sweat! but it was an amzing few days! we trekked for 4 hours through the jungle the first day, alot of walking up hill, it was very hot and hardwork but we eventually got to the first village. it was a massive culture shock at first seeing everyone wearing rags washing their clothes in the stream etc, the huts we were staying in were alright considering, and our shower in the morning was the river, which was very refreshing! our tour guides (who were from the village originally) sat by the camp fire with us for a while then when we went to bed they got hungry after a few beers (as you do) but instead of getting a kebab as we would they went out and hunted some rats and grilled them!!
we were up early in the morning and started trekking again for another 4 hours until we reched the elephant camp and the elephants took us the last hour through the jungle to the next village. me and josh got given the baby elephant to ride, he was also reffered to as the naughty one and he kept spraying us with dirt, we were covered in mud and elephant slobber by the end of it!
As soon as we got to the next village we all jumped in the river and had a wash then had a walk round the village. josh played football with the locals for abit (i just watched as girls playing isn't exactly the done thing there) then we had some dinner and then sat round the bonfire for the rest of the evening.
we got given the choice that we could trek for 5 hours back to the van that would take us back to our hotel or we could travel down the river on a homemade bamboo raft, so we all took the bamboo raft option and took the river through the jungle for 3 hours whcih was really nice.
we set off tommorow (on another overnight train) down to khao sok where we start the next part of our tour. were also looking to book some flights to Phi Phi island on th e 22cnd march when our tour ends (which is where the film The Beech was filmed) with a couple of people we've met on the tour.
We went for a Thai massage the other day aswell, the guy who did it was abit crazy and he though josh looked like harry potter. i found it relaxing but josh just kept saying it was hurting him!
For our last night in Chang Mai our guide took us out, we went to a bar called the roof top bar which was on top of a buliding and the was all these mini tables and cushions and you jsut sat on the florr so we had a few drinks there whcih was cool, then we went to this club and there was a couple of lady boys in there!! A lady boy served us breakfast this morning aswell, (she had a tonk moustasche!)
Anwyay thats all for now we'll be in touch again soon xx