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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The trek in Chang Mai was amazing!!!!! Quite hard going but great. The terrine was beautiful, really green, luscious and untouched. The first day we spent hiking up lots of hills passing rice paddys. Our leader showed us little tricks like how to blow bubbles with leaves and showed us unusual insects. We ended the day at a hill tribe. They cooked a fantastic meal. A selection of currys rice and noodles...gorgous! The village was very basic. We stayed in a hut and had only a whole in the ground for a toilet. Afetr the initial shock of the stench of the shower we battled through and forgot about it. The people were lovely and wore amazing hand woven outfits in very bright colours. The seond day we trekked further into the jungle and had lunch with another hill tribe... again yummy food. We then walked to a fabulous waterfall where we stayed that evening. We swam and used the waterfall as a massage! much needed. Was very picturesque. That evening we made a bonfire. We were joined on the trek by a family from holland and two guys from Birmingham. We all got on really well and each had interesting stories to tell.

On the last day we trekked a small distance to the rafting and elephant points. We first went rafting which was really fun. Everyone tried to capsize our raft...they suceeded. There was an oppertunity to jump of a huge rock and swim. Was great! After the raft we hen rode elephants... An experience that I will never forget. We climbed on from a ledge. We felt very high up! A little scary at first but absolutely amazing! You could feel its muscles moving and its ears flapping against your legs. You did feel like you were holding onto dear life when you went up hills...but I loved it!

That evening we went to the night market. I bought a beautiful quilt with elephants on it to mark the events of the day. We went to bed pretty early..we could hardly walk an were very tired. The next morning we got up at 7 to catch a bus ride to chang kong to then get a slow boat to Laos. We stayed in a very basic hostel but we got free dinner. That night me and emily woke up screaming as we thought that there was a snake in our bed...It turned out to be my watch...hilarious! The next morning we crossed the border to Laos on a little tiny boat crammed in, in the pouring rain. When we got to Houxaiy we passed passport controll with no problem and then went to catch the slow two day boat. When we got there they said that if we preferred we could get to Luang probang by over night bus. We went for this option as it would save us a day in travel time. Te overnight bus took 14 hours. We were accompanie by a rat...quite the experience!

We arrived in Luang probang at 6 o clock in the mornng and managed to book into a hostel straight away. its really nice! We spen the day walking around the town which is gorgous. Its really chilled, french in influence, surrounded by waterfalls and caves. A tuk tuk driver took us to a cave filled with buddha images...was really inspiring. We got on a local boat over the mekong to get to it. On the way back he took us to the whiskey village to try the loacal rice wine and 50% alcohol whiskey...disgusting. We went for a really nice dinner by the river and went to the night market. It poured with rain...got absolutely drenched....Love it here...Laos is so so beautiful an the people are lovely! We are going to a craft center this morning and are then going to a waterfall this afternoon for a swim...this is the life.

Miss and love you all lots.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
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auntie eileen on

wow sounds fab, aimee, im so glad your really enjoying it, lovely that your keeping us posted too, be safe huni, big hugs, love ya...x.x.x.x

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