Waterfall, Elephant Ride, and White Water

Chiang Mai Travel Blog

 › entry 29 of 54 › view all entries
Hiking to waterfall

Today was our 1 day trek that we booked yesterday.  We had to grab a quick breakfast and check-out of our hotel because we woke up a little late.  We decided to move to a new hotel so we had our old hotel hold our bags for the day.  After picking up some food at a convenience store, we waited at our old hotel until we were picked up.  We were in the back of a truck with 2 parallel seats and a dozen people in the back.  We got dropped off at a nearby meeting place where we sat around until everyone arrived.  Then, we went in the truck for awhile and got water at a gas station.  We stopped at a market and the guides bought some fruit and such that we probably had for dinner.  After about 45 minutes in the truck and feeling a little sick from the windy roads, we got out at the start of the trek.

Steve swimming at the waterfall

Our final group was 8 people, 4 French and 2 Koreans, and the tour guide.  We walked for less than an hour down a trail through the jungle.  There were some neat views and often a big pile of ants along the trail.  At the end of the trail, we went down the hillside to a waterfall.  The guys in the group went swimming.  I had a good time; the waterfall wasn't too big but there was a lot of water coming down so it would push you back if you tried to swim up it.  I figured out how to get behind the waterfall by going along the rocks in the water and there was a neat little inlet behind the waterfall.  The French guys tried a couple times to get behind it after I showed them how but they couldn't.  We got out of the water and walked back the trail the same way we came.

Lunch with the kitchen in the background

Next was lunch.  We ate in a little open-air restaurant without a floor and chickens walking around.  We had noodles, fried spring rolls, and pineapple.  I enjoyed it.  The bad part is that it started raining and apparently it was decided that we didn't want to trek (walk) in the rain even though that was part of the trip.  So instead we sat in the restaurant forever and waited for a van to come pick us up.  I was bored and kind of upset that we were letting some rain stop us from going on and we just sat in the restaurant for so long.

Eventually the van came and we went to a hilltribe village.  The hilltribes are supposed to be rather primitive and there are a lot in Northern Thailand.  They have their own languages and customs, etc.

Elephants crossing river next to bamboo rafts
  We were excited to see it and concerned about the possible exploitative treatment that the tours might have of the people (as hinted at by the guidebook).  We had 4 pairs of flip-flops that we were going to give them.  But when we got there, it was different than we had expected.  They had some cars and motorcycles and there was a toilet marked in English next to where you park.  We didn't give out our flip-flops since it seemed like everyone already had footwear.  I guess the primitive villages are farther away from the city and we just went to one that is small and has a lot of visitors.  We didn't spend much time there and the guide only talked briefly about it and we went into a home.  There wasn't really much there for us.
Climbing up the side of the river

We took the van to a river to go white-water rafting.  We took two boats with 5 people in each including the guide.  The rafting trip was only about 40 minutes and wasn't too difficult although we did have helmets on.  Arum and I sat in the front so when we hit the rapids, the water would flow into the boat and soak us.  The current was strong so we didn't have to paddle too much and it went by quickly.  The rapids were not too difficult but we enjoyed it.  After waiting for everyone to get ready again, we got in the van and everyone decided to skip going to the other hilltribe village since it probably would just be like the last one we went to.  We drove back into town and dropped everyone off at their hotels.

Elephant Ride

We checked-in to the hotel next to our old one.  It was the same price and had 2 bunkbeds but was cleaner although the fan was small and it was hot all night.  We went walking to find some dinner and went past a place to buy insects to eat.  We were planning to go back so I could have them after dinner but we were full.  We had a Northern Thailand dish and a rice with beef and green curry along with coconut and passion fruit milk shakes.

We walked to the night bazaar where they had a lot of items mainly for tourists.  The typical watches, souvenir t-shirts, ripped-off bags, etc.  Arum bought some crazy pants for $5 that are baggy around the legs so I think they look a little like MC Hammer pants just not so flashy.  We walked back to our hotel and did our 2 days of laundry.  It was pretty hot in the room and moist from our clothes hanging up.

 

Steve

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Hiking to waterfall
Hiking to waterfall
Steve swimming at the waterfall
Steve swimming at the waterfall
Lunch with the kitchen in the back…
Lunch with the kitchen in the bac…
Elephants crossing river next to b…
Elephants crossing river next to …
Climbing up the side of the river
Climbing up the side of the river
Elephant Ride
Elephant Ride
Elephant Ride
Elephant Ride
Dinner
Dinner
Chiang Mai
photo by: Stevie_Wes