Published: April 24th 2009April 24th 2009
Well we were suposed to be leaving for Phuket thursday and at the very last minute i changes my mind. surprising, right? actually we had already purchased out tickets...then all of the sudden i was like "wait! im not ready to leave yet"........... of course by this time it was too late to change our tickets..so i bought new ones...for saturday. that is how much i wanted to see more of northern Thailand. luckily tickets for in thailand flights are relativley inexpensive. anyway the plan was to stay in a remote hill tribe villiage 23 kilometers outside Chiang Rai ( which means nothing to us americans...we think in miles) anyway, the people running the guest house out there pick us up with a few other travelers from Holland and we were off. It was a long hot bumpy ride in the back of a small pickup truck with about 5 other people, but the drive up was breathtaking. By then I was sure I had made the right choice by buying new tickets.
The hilltribe people here are called the Akha, and theres about 50 people or less that make up the villiage (not counting stray dogs). The villiage itself
is on the side of a mountian surrounded by a tea plantation, rice fields, and dense junlge. We have an amazing view from our little mud hut. Its so beautiful out here. The first night we walked to a waterfall about 10 minutes away. Since we arrived late (about 5:30pm) we only had one full day do spend out here. The man that runs the guest house is also the guide and most people who come out here do 1-3 day treks out in the jungle. But since we were limited on time (and money) we decided we would do some exploring on our own, without a guide. So we got up about 10 and (foolishly) started our jungle trek during the hottest part of the day.
We were told that it would be easy to follow this jungle trail that led throught two different hill tribes then down along the river and back up the on the road. He said it should only take four hours... that is what he said.
so we were off.....the trail split for the first time about 10 minutes into our walk. Then it split again and again and again.....he never
said anything about this...... we werent too concerend at first. But pretty soon we had walked for an hour and were both drenched in sweat and had no idea which way we needed to go.....crap. so we went back, took cold showers, rested our legs, and head out again. this time on the road. We walked about an hour and a half under the blazing, devil sun until both our legs were about to collapse under us. Then I yelled "fine! I give up you demon sun!!! I give up!!"....and we turned around.
on the way we saw the largest centipede ever seen. It was longer than Ryans foot. I freaked out.
all in all ...it was a pretty good day.
tomorrow we head south.
p.s. i wish i could put pictures up but i dont have my bloody USB cord, so i will have to look for a computer with an SD slot. sorry.
There are more photos below