Honeymoon: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

^^ Our accommodations while on our 3 day jungle trek.

^^ Waterfall in the jungle

^^ Our awesome jungle trek crew.... so much fun meeting people from all around the world!

^^ On the last day of our trek, we got to ride the elephants! It was so fun!

^^ We made it back to our hotel safe and sound after our trek and had to go find some yummy local Thai food. Evan loved his pineapple fried rice!

Our second stop on our honeymoon in Thailand was Chiang Mai, in the northern region of the country.  We decided to do a jungle trek while we were there. It was 3 days of hiking in the jungle from village to village. At the end of each day we would stop at a hillside village and stay in there with the locals. There was no electricity and the huts we slept in were hard wood floors with a sleeping bag, mosquito net, and very small pillow. It was a really cool experience to be there and see how these hill tribe villages live, but I have to say, it was pretty rough. It really makes you appreciate all the luxuries we have including a toilet! The bathrooms up in the villages were basically a porcelain hole on the ground that you had to squat over. And when you were done, there was a bucket of water next to the hole that you would scoop water from and pour it down the hole to "flush". Yea.... interesting!
In the first village we stayed in, they invited us into the main hut to watch them cook dinner. This was such a cool thing to watch!  And the food was AMAZING!
On the second day, we hiked to our camp which was located on the edge of a beautiful waterfall (pics above). Once we got settled into our huts, we all decided to put on our bathing suits and take a dip in the waterfall. This was very exciting for us cause we hadn't showered the whole time out in the jungle and it was so hot all day hiking. We took shampoo and soap with us and bathed in the waterfall.
The next morning, we woke up and did the final leg of the hike down to the elephants! We all paired up and got onto the elephants. SOOO FUN! We bought bundles of bananas to feed the ellies (that's what I call them!) while we went out on the trail. It was really cool to see these amazing animals cause they are just so giant!
All in all, it was a good experience and I would suggest it to people seeking an adventure. Just be prepared for a rough few days of difficult hikes, crazy weather, and interesting accommodations. :)
Its no luxury experience, but very cultural! OH and take lots of bug spray!

After arriving back at our hotel (which was very luxurious and beautiful), we decided that we just wanted to lay by the pool and sip on cocktails all day, which is what we did! Then at night, we went into town to get some delicious food and explore the night market. 

Chiang Mai was a very cool place to see! I would say it was one of my fav places we went to on our trip. 

Next stop: Siem Reap, Cambodia!


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