Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai: Ready, Steady, Action! 18:09:14

Today we had our most action packed day so far!! We booked a trek but little did we know all the elements included! Up at 7am ready to be picked up!
We got picked up on time (astonishing) and started off with a butterfly farm stop off!
I actually found out during this visit that I don’t really like butterflies! Haha. I was wearing a flower print dress (thanks Caroline) which made me central attraction!
They kept flying onto me!! Eek! See if you can spot them! Never thought I would start screaming “help there is a butterfly on me”… but I did…much to Nkosi’s embarrassment!
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After that we drove an hour and some really cool girls from Spain and Germany and a couple from Paris where on the bus too which made some great conversation… They said they can understand English… But not me! I told them not to worry too much as people in England have the same problem!
We stopped at an elephant trek where we rode elephants for 40 mins. There were not enough with seats so we thought we would be brave and volunteer bare back as we are pros! (Not). Anyway I forgot that last time I was given trousers to wear… This time not provided… so my hotpants were not the best choice … Think the most prickly beard ever… And your near to the levels of uncomfortableness I was at for 40 mins of my life! Ouch! I had elephant rash all over my legs! Nice!
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After that we visited the long neck tribe… It was OK. Felt very contrived however it was nice to meet them. The bars are around their neck to actually push their shoulders down not make their neck longer. However the longer neck coil the more beautiful woman in the tribe. Each year you add another one. Interesting. One lady even got her guitar out and played us a little song.  Sweet!
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After that we went in a river lift… ERM yes it didn’t feel all that safe! A piece of string and a cage…
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Then we ate and went on a trek. No one warned me how big this trek was…we were up and down rocks etc… The whole way I was wondering what the point was. For anyone who knows me I’m not into walking that much just for the sake of it!! It turns out it was to see a waterfall! Very pretty but I couldn’t help focusing on the fact I was going to have to do the trek back again after it!! Anyway Nkosi got in the waterfall. I wouldn’t… I have an irrational fear of murky water- can’t help it!
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After that we did white water rafting… I actually did it on the promise I wouldn’t go in the water. It was lots of fun actually and great team spirit. The only strange bit was just before the end they shoved us all on a random bamboo raft which was obviously sinking with the weight and then we had to do the rest of the river on that. A bit random, but hey it created some laughs!
I did fall over though which made a nice egg on my knee!
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After all that it was finally time to go home. Must say I was tired! We grabbed some food and went to bed… Not before playing cards with some people in our hostel. I’m getting good at remembering the games now! I also had an enlightening moment… I found out that the can lids actually has a purpose!! To hold the straw! You learn something new every day and this was from a girl from Staines! Maybe I didn’t need to travel the world to find new things!
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Anyway earlish night as can’t miss the postponed trip we already missed once. Day at the national park tomorrow! Missing family and friends.

This action packed adventure post is in memory of Elaine a dear friend of my mum’s and our family who always wanted to hear what we were up to and wanted us to have fun on our trip. Much love. RIP X

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