Trekking is supposed to be great in Northern Thailand and we had been looking forward to a hiking trip in the jungle. It’s really hard to work out which company to go with as there seem to be hundreds in Chiang Mai trying to sell you their services, so we just went with our hostel recommendation for a 3 day trip and we were really glad we did, as the trip was one of the best things we have done so far. It was only Sam and I with one other person and the guide and we didn’t see another tourist the whole time we were away.
We started the trip by visiting a beautiful waterfall, swimming underneath and almost accidentally stealing a little boy that followed us for ages, including swimming in all his clothes.
We then went to the Huay Nam Dung national park, where we started hiking. We stayed each night in local villages, with no electricity, amazing food, camp fires and some great views of the stars. We got up close and personal with some interesting wildlife including a tarantula, a water snake, a green snake and a python, as well as a friendly elephant!
On our final day we went bamboo rafting. This was a proper homemade bamboo raft, made of just bamboo and reeds, unlike the “bamboo raft” we went on in China which had an engine and comfy seats! We stood up with our feet practically in the water, steering the raft with a bamboo pole. It was great fun and a beautiful way to see the river and the jungle scenery.