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This entry is a lil behind the times...but ill try to blog everything I can remember anyway! We ended up flying to Chiangmai with AirAsia because it was pretty cheap (return 120 - including taxes) and because the train was all booked up. The flight was pretty quick (45 minutes) and once we arrived at the airport we took a taxi to our accomodation - the Green Tulip House. The House is a backpackers type accomodation - essentially a b and b and it has all that the budget traveller needs - clean rooms, shared bathrooms, garden on the room and balcony plus internet service and a dining area with meals served throughout the day. For 8 dollars a night, it was a great place to stay for us poor uni students!
December 23 - Exploring this sleepy, leafy town
On our first day in Chiangmai we decided to hire scooters and explore the town ourselves - unfortunately i am uber unco at balancing properly so the owner of the scooter hire place would not let laura and i hire the bike but mel and blacky were able to convince him that they were experienced scooter riders so laura and i tuk tukked our way to chiangmai zoo and the others biked.
Chiangmai zoo was pretty cool - but we only ended up staying for a couple of hours - saw panthers, and civets on a 'real live discovery channel' and giraffes and ostriches that unfortunately looked very sick. We had a western lunch at the zoo cafe before heading up Doi Suthep mountain to see the Buddha temple at the top. We walked around the temple which wasn't partocularly spectacular after the Grand Palace in Bangkok but still grand. There was a great view of chiangmai from the temple though and ill post the fotos here eventually....: )
This was an action packed day for us trekkers! We started the day with breakfast at the b and b before being picked up by our tour guides. Unfortunately, blacky felt sick as soon as we got inside the back of the pickup truck and decided that he'd have a quiet day instead back at the b and b which was lucky because the road to the mountains was VERY BUMPY. Our first stop was at an orchid farm, where our tour guides gave us the pretty flowers to wear in our hair. The farm wasnt particularly fascinating...considering we had elephant riding and rafting later in the day!
After the farm, we travelled up into the hills of outer Chiangmai with out first stop at Lisu village. We had the chance to stretch out legs, wander about the village and purchase little souvenirs from the makeshift stalls there. We then hopped back in the truck and travelled to the top of the mountain - along the way we spied the Mae taend river which we would soon be swimming down!
We reached a little village in Mae Taeng and were given life jackets and paddles as well as a quick run down of the different instructions our captain would give us such as forward, stop, backward etc. It was so much fun because our captain dunked us in the river numerous times and we ended up both rafting and swimming down the Mae taeng surrounded by natural beauty of the forest...