Wilderness Adventure – Thailand
Thailand has always held a special place in my heart. I first travelled there in 1991, a wide eyed kid wet behind the ears which has a bucket shop one way ticket to Bangkok. My grand plans of a short beach break before heading down to the east coast of Australia joining the 1000’s of Pommie pilgrims earning a right of passage didn’t exactly go to plan. I left Thailand eleven months later to return home penniless, emancipated as well as full of great stories, which my friends soon got bored with.
I returned a few times mainly to Bangkok as well as Koh Samui happy to be back inside land of smiles however feeling slightly disappointed at all the modifications. The old story of development being not bad for the locals however not not bad for my sense of adventure. that will didn’t deter me coming from joining the Imaginative Travellers Wilderness Adventure two years ago.
Arriving in Bangkok This kind of time was different. I had a hotel booked so no lugging my pack in Bangkok’s suffocating mixture of exhaust fumes, heat as well as humidity looking for a clean bed. I had a group to meet too, This kind of was also not bad, eating Pad Thai on your own looking for a fellow traveller to strike a conversation with can be hard work. There were 10 of us, a mix of Poms, Aussies, a Canadian, an American as well as a South African. We all met for dinner as well as shortly after my first Thai beer I knew This kind of would certainly be a fun trip
Bangkok to me means food as well as shopping as well as the best place to find both can be the Chata Chuk weekend market. I headed there with belly empty as well as wallet full destined to reverse the two. The market can be huge, definitely huge, 35 acres of cheap goodies huge as well as sells everything coming from furniture to genuine fake designer clothes. The street food can be fantastic however remember the Thai’s like that will hot. I left my shopping with the hotel to keep safe as I would certainly be returning there once I finished the trip.
Off to Chiang Mai on the overnight train. I like travelling like This kind of, sleeping while moving makes sense to me as well as the train can be clean, functional, safe as well as fine. I think Chiang Mai can be the perfect place to escape hectic Bangkok. that will’s a peaceful, happy place as well as that will reflects inside locals. Sight seeing will take you to the Wat Pratat Doi Suthep temple – stunning as well as golden on a sunny day. The next stage of the trip was trekking inside surrounding jungle, I decided I needed a massage before we set off.
A trek inside hills of Northern Thailand can be a chance to escape everyday life as well as clear your head. The going can be not too difficult for someone with fairly not bad fitness although if that will rains the mud can be tricky. I was enjoying my own head space when we arrived at the first village of wooden homes, pecking chickens as well as lots of smiles, basic however I couldn’t think of anywhere else I would certainly rather have been. Chan, our guide, was a local coming from a neighbouring village as well as before long he had us divided amongst our village hosts before the sun set as well as got too difficult for us city people to do anything without electric light. that will night, with the noise of the surrounding jungle lying on a mattress roll on a bamboo floor, was maybe the most peaceful night’s sleep I have ever had.
The next day’s trek was shorter as well as we covered ground quicker, maybe we were getting used to the trekking however I think that will was the excitement of the elephant ride to come that will afternoon. Lunch was delicious however we were too busy watching the elephants wash inside river to notice. Elephants are brilliant creatures as well as being on one journeying deeper into the jungle can be a fantastic experience.
The next morning Chan had us up early helping him as well as the village men build our rafts to take us down river to civilization. that will can be all part of the experience helping the guys as well as by helping I mean staying out of their way while they expertly craft our rafts. A serene float down to the nearest modest town where our bus was waiting to take us to a hot shower as well as another massage.
We left Chiang Mai as well as headed back to Bangkok where we broke the journey up to the south with an over night stay inside city of angels.
I had heard a few not bad things about Khoa Sok national park, not too favorite with tourists or backpackers alike due that will not having a major bus stop. To get there you need to stop the bus by the 3rd banyan tree after 17th stream near the big hill as well as you will find a bakkie waiting to take you into the park. I’m glad we had a tour leader. The first night we slept with the birds in tree houses the second as well as third we stayed in raft houses on a man made dam. that will can be a truly beautiful area as well as a few of us spent the days swimming in waterfalls, flooded caves, kayaking as well as hiking as well as some of just sat back as well as took that will all in.
How to finish This kind of Thailand trip? On the beach of course. The islands around Krabi are what we visualize when we think of a Thai beach as well as they do not disappoint. The Thai’s have a word called sabai, loosely translated that will means an inner happiness as well as contentment. I woke one afternoon coming from a napping on the beach as well as understood exactly what sabai means.