Day 18 - Going trekking
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We woke up this morning bright and early for the trekking. We got all our stuff packed, grabbed breakfast, put our big backpacks away in the locker room and waited patiently for the arrival of Mr Sam. He pulled up on a taxi pickup and had 7 other people there. Jamie, Daniel and Tom were from the
Our first real stop on the trek was at the elephant camp to go elephant riding.
After we said thanks to our elephant we got back on the truck/taxi and off we headed to the start of the trekking path. The journey here was interesting as there wasn't really enough space for everyone in the back of the pickup, we had 4 people on the roof and 3 standing on the back of it .
The pickup pulled up at the side of the road ... we thought to check something but it turned out to be the start of our trekking path ... so we all put on our packs and off we headed. Mr Sam in front, Mr Tom Tom in the middle and Eddie at the back. We were well marshaled lol!!
The walking wasn't too tough really ... the inclines were reasonably gradual and the pathway was quite wide. We spotted loads of spider webs and termite mounds but the strangest thing I thought was the absence of any animal sounds, no birds or lizards or any animals .
After about 2 hours of trekking we arrived at the camp or home stay. It was very very basic but really cool! The room we were staying in was like a shed - holes in the walls ... entire wall panels missing, and a bamboo floor with 14 blankets laid out on it. It was then that I realised why people had told us to take really warm clothes with us because it got cold at night! There was a lovely river and waterfall beside the home stay so we decided to go have a quick dip to freshen up a bit. Phil the kiwi even decided to take a slide down the waterfall ... he survived but i'm sure it wasn't advisable.
After our swim it was dinner time.
Then the Thai music broke out ... and the host family had taken over from us at the singing ... Of course we all joined in with the words or no words sometimes too and we even tried to loosen out the muscles by dancing along.
About 10 o clock we were all knackered tired and quite drunk so off we headed to bed!