Three days in the jungle
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Have returned from a wonderful if painful trip through the northern mountains of Thailand, almost as far up as the Burmese border...
We ended up with a group of about six, including two guides from the province and spent three fantastic days roaming through the jungle.
Day one we left the comforts of the hotel for a long drive on the back of a ute up into the hills, then trekked for a few hours to a village of the Karen hill tribe in the midst of rice paddies. Spent the night in what was literally a shack, slept on the floor, and 'showered' in the river... the tribal people were lovely and cooked the most delicious Thai dinner.
Awoken on day two by the village roosters who start their noise at about 0330, and the pig who was underneath the hut squealing for breakfast.
Elephants delivered us to another hilltribe village and home for the night was a bamboo hut high off the ground with a family of pigs and chickens underneath.
Day three started much the same way with a rude awakening at 0400 by several determined roosters. Finished constructing the rafts in almost monsoonal rain and took off in the strong current and Grade 3 rapids of the Mae Taeng river for a five hour journey punctuated at regular intervals by capsizing and running into rocks etc. I'm going to be sporting some impressive bruises for a while I think!
Picked up after over five hours in another dodgy ute and sat in the back for a two hour terrifying (?exhilarating) ride back to Chiang Mai- never have I been more excited to see a solid floor, roof over my head, clean clothes, a shower, and no squat toilet!
Heading on a six hour bus ride up to the Laos border tomorrow, and hope to make the border crossing tomorrow night rather than spend the night in Chiang Khong.