Walking nearby the border of Burma

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Going to trek for two days

We started at 8am, really relaxed and a group of three people we were going about to make a two-day trekking. We were taking a look at the route which we were going to walk for two days. I thought it was amazing how close we would walk nearby the Burmese border. The guide asked for our physical conditions. I told him honestly that I've got the worst condition of mankind ever :-) in the hope he would take a relaxed route. ;-) After we left we stopped first at the police station, our names would be registrated because we would be far away for a two day walk. They had already a copy of the passports, received from the little cool booking office. Two day earlier I went to the little booking office to settle this trip. My co-travelers were an English couple, very friendly and full of jokes.

Many ricefields.

After the stop at the police station we drove further and stopped at a Thai Market to buy some fruit, vegetables, chicken and other nice stuf to make diner for the evening during the trekking. There were very exotic fruits and other stuf like fried insects to see. After shopping for a while we drove further. We stopped in Chiang Dao at a elephant trainings center. We walked on a wooden suspension bridge, hopping up and down :-) and reached a small stall. Here you could buy some banana and sugarcane and suddenly the most impressive elephants were strolling by. I just fed the biggest elephant, he had the most largest tusks you can imagine. All elephants liked the little snack and then walked further with the mamuts on their back for their bathing hour.

Shopping @ the market for food during the trekking
I was completely impressed, it's so beautiful seeing about 20 elephants taking a bath. The little elephants are so cute and nice to see. The most little elephants don't control their trunks very well. When showering themselves and the mamut their trunk is going all sides exact for the right direction. The elephant with the enormous tusks took one sip of the river and gave himself and his mamut an enormous shower. It was really fun to see and I just pressed the button of my camera at the right time. After bathing time the elephants showed what they could do. In former days they would work in the logging industries but nowadays they entertain the tourists. I don't know which one is better or it's better to have their freedom.

After admiring the elephants we travelled further nearby the Burmese border.

Pineapples
I liked very much the way the landscape changed and it became quieter and the roads weren't tarmaced anymore. The villages became smaller and more nature was coming. We started at a little village to walk the trek and the before climbing the mountains in the north of Thailand the path became narrower. The guide showed us what kind of plants and crops were growing in this area. Then we headed for a steep climb. The first three hours we walked uphill and the forrest and the path would become even more narrower. We had to walk over tree trunks and we walked through a beautiful bamboo forest. After walking about 4,5 hours we arrived at one of the tops and had a breathtaking view.

 

Jacqinmiddenamerika says:
Hahaha, yes!! But they were having fun :-)
Posted on: Jan 03, 2009
YantiSoeparno says:
So, you peeped the elephants taking a bath? hahaha
Posted on: Jan 03, 2009
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Going to trek for two days
Going to trek for two days
Many ricefields.
Many ricefields.
Shopping @ the market for food dur…
Shopping @ the market for food du…
Pineapples
Pineapples
Durian fruit
Durian fruit
Fried insects
Fried insects
Vegetables
Vegetables
More vegetables
More vegetables
Special for the spicy food :-)
Special for the spicy food :-)
Eeeehhhhh..
Eeeehhhhh..
A lot of flavours in a bottle :-)
A lot of flavours in a bottle :-)
The elephant training center
The elephant training center
They are coming!!
They are coming!!
They eat as much as their weight d…
They eat as much as their weight …
Toss me up some suger cane :-)
Toss me up some suger cane :-)
Sugar cane
Sugar cane
Bathing time
Bathing time
Give me more!
Give me more!
Bathing time!
Bathing time!
SPLAAASSSSHHH
SPLAAASSSSHHH
Roling a tree
Roling a tree
Just a quick nap :-)
Just a quick nap :-)
Ive got youre hat :-)
I've got you're hat :-)
Mini, she only weighted 70 kilos …
Mini, she only weighted 70 kilo's…
Mini and her mother
Mini and her mother
Just me :-)
Just me :-)
Driving to the start of the trekki…
Driving to the start of the trekk…
We entered the mountain area
We entered the mountain area
Just passing some little villages
Just passing some little villages
Start of the trail
Start of the trail
Our guide
Our guide
My feet @ the trail
My feet @ the trail
View
View
The trail getting more steep and n…
The trail getting more steep and …
Wow, just a terrific view
Wow, just a terrific view
The nice and green jungle
The nice and green jungle
And passing some creeks
And passing some creeks
Crossing some creeks
Crossing some creeks
Arrival at the village
Arrival at the village
The shower & toilet
The shower & toilet
Our longhouse
Our longhouse
The sleeping spot
The sleeping spot
The kitchen
The kitchen
Just a view @ the mountains
Just a view @ the mountains
The children of the village
The children of the village
Having fun
Having fun
Stil having fun
Stil having fun
Woman of the village with tradditi…
Woman of the village with traddit…
Yep, we had to dance too :-)
Yep, we had to dance too :-)
Dancing
Dancing
Dancing
Dancing
The drumsession and mom
The drumsession and mom
Playing the fluit
Playing the fluit
The fire kept musquitos away
The fire kept musquitos away
Singin a lot of songs
Singin' a lot of songs
Also Dutch songs!?!?!
Also Dutch songs!?!?!
Singin acapalla
Singin' acapalla
Our guid behind the camera was jok…
Our guid behind the camera was jo…
How to get on an elephant
How to get on an elephant
Just beautiful, my elephant and th…
Just beautiful, my elephant and t…
My feet and the elephant
My feet and the elephant
A view at the village
A view at the village
The village
The village
A view @ the mountains
A view @ the mountains
If youre hungry, just take some o…
If you're hungry, just take some …
The other elephant
The other elephant
Just a view
Just a view
He also was hungry
He also was hungry
Starting to climb steep
Starting to climb steep
:-)
:-)
Surroundings
Surroundings
Just beautiful
Just beautiful
Climbing a steep hill
Climbing a steep hill
Sms-ing elephant boy
Sms-ing elephant boy
At top of the hill, a beautifull s…
At top of the hill, a beautifull …
:-)
:-)
The elephants
The elephants
The one with the tusks was my ride…
The one with the tusks was my rid…
Just posing
Just posing
Just smiling :-)
Just smiling :-)
And they are walking further...
And they are walking further...
... just dissapearing into the for…
... just dissapearing into the fo…
Motorcyclists
Motorcyclists
Having dinner in the middle of the…
Having dinner in the middle of th…
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