Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
374Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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Heading downhill proved just as tough as up with the rain turning the path into a muddy river as we slipped and slided most of the way down rather than walked to reach a waterfall at the bottom where you can usually swim but with the amount of water pouring over it that would probably be the last thing you ever did.
We followed the river back down for a few more hours, crisscrossing it as we went having our bags above our heads as we had to wade waist deep in parts to cross with no letup in the rain.
Reaching the bottom we went for a quick elephant ride with mine appearing suicidal in continually veering close to the edge of the muddy path with a huge drop down one side with the path already half washed away without Nelly here adding to the pressure.
With the river flowing high and fast we figured the white water rafting which we were also to do might be called off when out comes a bunch of life jackets and helmets but I guess we couldn't get any wetter anyway.
With 4 of us choosing to do the rafting we clambered into the raft with 2 other guides before setting off or more accurately being carried off down the river immediately hitting a huge set of rapids. Not knowing the grade of the rapids that they use to describe the size of them I'll just say they were grade "OH $%&#!!!"
Despite running right through the branches of a tree half covered by the swollen river I loved every minute of it even if there were a few moments were our shorts almost matched the brown colour of the river.
Driving through flooded towns back to Chiang Mai we arrived tired, wet and dirty with the thought of a hot shower keeping us going to find a partial power cut due to the rain meaning no hot water for the first time when I actually really wanted it.
Met up with Will (Australia) and Gale (England) from the trek in the evening to go and watch other people getting battered and bruised at some Muay Thai boxing which is the Thai form of boxing using mainly elbows and knees. Many of them competing were young, around 10-15 years old, making me think twice the next time I see one of them in the street barely higher than my waist but probably able to kick my head off. The final fight between two much older fighters saw a lot of excitement among the watching Thais, placing bets on which way it would go, was over in under 15 seconds after a swift knee to the head.