Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





Welcome to the Jungle

After Bangkok, David and I headed north to Chiang Mai. BTW, I haven’t formally introduced David. He is an Irish JET who I traveled with the most. Despite the relentless rounds of light-hearted American bashing vs. leprechaun jokes, he’s the man if you want a good laugh.

Chiang Mai is known for its jungles and over 300 wats. We went with a group on a 2-day trekking trip through the jungles. The 8 of us—2 French, 3 Koreans, 1 German, 1 Irishman (David), and 1 American (me)—hopped on the back of a raggedy pick up truck that took us to a remote market. This was our starting point.James and Nat were our local guides who knew everything about the wildlife, hill tribes and vegetation in the jungles. They were hysterical. James was my fave (the guy on the right) though because he gave French Titi and me a fake tat from coal and tree sap.Trekking wasn’t too hard…we passed spiders, rice paddies and water buffalos. We swam in waterfalls along the way... We finally reached the hill tribe that we were going to be staying with for the night.Besides trying to sell us handmade necklaces, village kids hung out with us, drawing fish pictures until it was their bedtime. They were cute, but probably jaded by new people, especially tourists.After dinner, we hung out around the fire and fell asleep in our makeshift cabin.We did most of our touristy stuff the next day. We were hiking most of the time stopping only to eat, ride elephants and go bamboo rafting. At the elephant camp, I rode on one called Poko.Unfortunately for him, he was really hungry and kept stopping every minute to eat the banana trees on the sides of the dirt path. With each curling trunk reaching over the sides, the little local man on Poko’s head would grunt, kick his skull and dig his Grim Reaper-esque dagger in its ears. This didn’t discourage Poko from eating, so his ears were bleeding by the end of the trip. Me, the unsuspecting tourist, had noooo clue that this is how they discipline the elephants…I will never do that again!I bought a bundle of sugar cane and fed Poko with them for a job well done.The trip was almost over, but we still had to do one more thing—bamboo rafting! It was more like bamboo floating because the river was pretty tame.Filthy and exhausted we headed back in Chiang Mai in time to make it to our evening flight down to the southern islands. Next stop: Koh Samui baby!!!!
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At 06:52, Blogger Stubby said...

Wow that looks really cool. I think Ill go there sometime!!!    



At 06:57, Blogger Stubby said...

Hey I like your poll too. How did you do that? Watch out I think Steph has voted 'Australia' over and over skewing the results slightly. I am pretty sure if you had NZ there you might find a definite winner

Pete    



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