These boots were made for trekking, but not me
Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
41Trip End Mar 21, 2011
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In the evening, we headed over to the Sunday Walking Street. Each Sunday, one of the major roads in the old city is closed to traffic and is turned into a giant market from 4pm to midnight. The market started outside the main gate and went all the way to the end of the road. I expected only the main road to be closed, but several of the side streets were closed as well. It was extremely busy, probably the busiest we have seen Chiang Mai so far
Today (Monday), we went on a one day trek with Panda tours. We were picked up at our guesthouse at 8:10 and then were transferred to a covered pick up truck, which was quite cramped with lots of people in the back. We drove for over an hour outside of the city up into the hills, where we then started our trek. On the trek, we saw two hill tribe villages, a waterfall and a cave. I was quite happy with the hill tribe village visit. Instead of going to a 'show' village, we trekked through real villages and got to see how they really lived. The villages were empty as we went through as the villagers were out working the farms.
Other than seeing the villages, I disliked the trek. It was not what I was expecting. It was a really difficult 6 hour hike through the jungle on a narrow path that was sometimes overgrown, partially missing or blocked. It was also very slippery in parts, especially when it started to rain (this was the first rain we have seen in our 10 days here).Somehow, out of the group of 7, Jeff and I were the only ones covered in dirt and plants by the end! I didn't get much of a chance to enjoy the trek as I was so busy watching my footing so I didn't roll down the hill and looking out for bugs, snakes and spiders. At the end, I found out from our guide that snakes are not an issue at this time of year as it is winter
I really wanted to like the trek, but just couldn't. At least the lunch was tasty, with amazing herb fried chicken and seasoned sticky rice in a banana leaf.
Coming back into Chiang Mai, the traffic was really heavy. Apparently, the city used to have a public transportation system, but they got rid of it and now everyone has to drive to get around, which has led to the congestion. Once back, we scrubbed ourselves in the shower and then went out for our last dinner in Chiang Mai.