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Published: February 3rd 2015
We booked on to another tour today in Chiang Mai, through ‘tiger jungle tours’. We managed to get a bargain as we booked two-day tours at the same time. So it roughly worked out about £35 each for both day tours.
Today we got picked up on time by the minivan. The tour guide was a funny, feminine guy who spoke good English. Our tour group included 3 girls from Korea, who we didn’t really get to speak too, two Canadians girls, a family of 3 from Paris, and another couple from Holland. We had a really good time with our group, as everyone was chatty and interesting.
The tour included a visit to the elephant camp in the north jungle where we could ride them. This was great; Neil and I shared the same elephant with a seat sideways across the back of the elephant. The elephant trainer was at the side of the elephant the whole time, thankfully, as they make me nervous. We said to the couple from Holland to take photos of us and we will of them, and then we’ll switch emails afterwards. So hopefully
we will have a few good ones from them. For some reason our trainer rushed the elephant to finish the ride, so we were way ahead of the rest of the group for the majority of the ride and we didn’t get to go through the stream like the others L never mind, it was still fun.
The minivan then drove us to the Meo hill tribe village, where we learned some of their traditions and beliefs, cooking techniques, hello and thank you in their local language and the opportunity to buy their handicrafts. We then had about an hour walk to the waterfall. It was FREEZING! No one was swimming, but after a little while Neil set the trend by getting in the water. I followed and so did the Dutch guy.
Included in the tour was lunch, which was rice, curry potatoes, vegetables, and chicken, it was alright. Here we chatted to the rest of the group about where everyone was from and their plans.
From here we went to the stream, with slow rapids, we boarded our bamboo raft with the French family (a mum, dad and little
5 year old boy). We all managed to stand and surf down the stream. I fell over at one point and got totally drenched; luckily I fell back on the raft and not actually in completely.
After the ride, we all bought ice creams from a local shop and then headed back to Chiang Mai. The ride took about an hour, we were back at the hostel by 4.30pm, which was plenty of time to chill out before our pick up arrived at 6pm to take us to the bus station.
We headed back to Bangkok tonight on a 9hr bus ride (500 baht/ £10). We left the hostel, I may have borrowed… ok stole a pillow from the hostel for the ride ahead. The pick up took us and 7 other people from the other hostels in the area to the bus station, which was just actually a bus parked in a fuel station. We bought a few snacks from the garage for our tea but nothing substantial as we thought there would be better places to eat. When it was time for all 9 of us to get on the bus, we
were stopped and said that we were not the right people for the bus and that they had picked us up by mistake and not another couple. They tried loading our bags back on the minibus to take us back to the hostel. Neil had a few (assertive) words with them, that we would have missed our other pick up anyway and that they should have checked when we handed over the bus receipt that it was a different company we paid through. We convinced them that as the bus were still going to Bangkok to let us on now. There were loads of seats free anyway.
So 9 hours later we will arrive at Khao San Road.
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