Arriving in Bangkok with severe jet lag all we wanted to do was get to our accommodation. That was easier said and done, I’ve never seen roads so busy and with such lack of rules. Cars and mopeds everywhere!
Bangkok is renowned for some of its temples and to avoid the roads we took a Klong boat down the river -a great way to see the sights. Here we saw Wat Poa beautiful temple and the relaxing Buddha one of the largest Buddha statues in the world.
Just outside of Bangkok you can travel to the floating market. Daily they have a market where people have stalls but on boats and all the customers travel from stall to stall by boat as well. Most definitely not like our local markets. Most of Thailand’s shops and markets work by haggling your way to the cheapest price which as you can imagine in a boat, it isn’t very easy to just walk away if you can’t settle a price. Majority of the market was food. The food we have been eating has mainly been rice and noodle based with different spices and sauces.
In order to reach the north of Thailand we had to take an overnight train. Twelve hours sleeping in a bunk bed in a carriage of over forty people most definitely isn’t five star accommodation.
When in the North, we travelled into the jungle, where we were lucky enough to spend a day with elephants in a sanctuary. You have to be careful picking where you wish to see elephants in Thailand as many places will get you to ride elephants that have metal chairs attached to their back which actually is really bad for them and causes injuries. Where we saw the elephants is a reserve where they rescued working elephants. Here we were able to feed, walk through the forest with them and even bathe with them in the river.
The reason we had travelled to the North was to trek through the jungle. We had three days trekking for up to six hours in thirty degrees heat up and down uneven terrain to reach a local Karen village. We stayed with locals, where they cooked for us and showed us their way of living. They lived very basic, no electric, no cars only the odd motorbike. All their food was grown locally and all the meat sourced within their village of forty houses. It was truly an amazing experience -minus the beds. The beds were a thin mat on the floor with a thin blanket and a mosquito net to cover you at night. I really did miss my own bed those few days!