26.02.2007 35 °C
Hey snot Pickers,
Today we went on a massive trip up to the north of thailand to Chang Rai. Here we visited the long neck hill tribe which was quite fascinating. Rings rounf there neck which apparetnly where used to defend themselves from tigers etc The fellas dont have to wear the rings as they are able to defend themselves. We visited a little village which is mainly a few marklet stralls set up for them to sell there goods. There not actually thai but burmese but are allowed to come here to sell there stuff. Nic bought a statue. They chew something called beetlenut which apparently gets you off ya head. We couldnt find any so we didnt try it. HAHA. It stains your teeth and gums purple which in there community is conmsidered attractive.
Aftetr that we went to the burmese border round a massive market where people go to buy stuff. This was quite upsetting as there were loads of women there begging for money for food for their children which they had on their back some only a week or two old.
We didnt give them any as we didnt know if we would be contributing to the problem.
Then we went up to the golden triangle, this is the borderland between laos, burmah and thailand and is wear all the heroin/opium smuggling occurs round here few beggers round here but at least they made the efoort by sining for money, what was strange though is that at the end of the song they said how much they wanted which ranged from 5 baht to 20 baht. This was a very long day and very tiring.
Today weve been white water rafting in the jungle, nic was very dubious over the whole thing and after having finaly rid of the stains from the river kwai slowly but surely they had appeared once more before we even got to our destination. However once on the river with her fetching helmet and matching life vest all was well. The rapids where quite big much bigger than anything ive ever done in wales, she did very well. oh and while we were on a calm bit of river about 4 elephants where in the water washing themselves and splashing round it was amazing to see (Mum Jealous???) There was even a little baby elephanty with its mum. Thats all we have done oday and now we have jkust arrived back in chiang Mai we are going back to our place of rest before we depart here anf head back to bangkok. Then its off to vietnam to hanoi on the 28th.
So thats it for now i will defo try and stick some pictures on tommorow whilst in stinking bangkok, sick of the place now thank god this is our l;ast visit to bangkok.
Smell Ya L8r