Well, we just arrived back to Mojito Garden from our three day trek… AND WE SURVIVED! We literally just climbed the highest mountain in Thailand! A full 12 km that first day. It was an amazing adventure full of huffing and puffing, falls (both water and literal) and amazing nature.
We can’t thank our host, Aoi at Mojito Garden enough. For years before she owned the guesthouse she was a trek guide. She made sure that every activity that we did on our trek was human to both animals and people.
We first met an elephant friend, Poumee. Nat and Keng were able be captains and ride on his head. Poumee wouldn’t stop at a stand for me to get on. After we stayed the night in a Karen village with other trekkers. Our guide, Mr. P, was amazing and knowledgable. He grew up in the village that we were staying in for the night. It’s been on the mountain for about 200 years, and is a population of about 100 people made up of Anihists, Buddhists, and Christians.
After breakfast, Mr. P left us and continued on with the rest of our group. Most of who were only doing a one day trek. A man named Kin or as he like to be referred to, Jungle Man, came a fetched the three of us and our two Korean girl friends. We walked for 5 hours through the jungle and rice fields. Stopping at a hut for lunch we made a little friend. Kin carved us chopsticks and hair pieces from bamboo, and then dropped us at out next hut for the night.
Mr. P’s son was our guide for the last day. It was was an easier day with only about 4 hours of walking. We stopped at a water fall on our treak down the mountain. When we got to the bottom, I awarded myself with a beer (in true NS fashion) before hopping on the back of a truck to go bamboo rafting. We don’t have any picturesof the rafting because we didn’t want our cameras to get wet. Our guide on the raft let me stand and steer. I didn’t know at the time, but he was tipping the raft and playing head games, making me think that I was about to slip all of us. At one point when he did it, I fell flat on my ass in front of a lunch spot. About 50 tourist saw me do this and started clapping… not embaressing at all… 🙂
We’re now back at Mojito Garden cleaning up and getting ready to go to New Delhi (the most amazing Indian restaurant we’ve ever ate at) and then going dancing at a reggae bar. Tomorrow morning we leave for a three day boat trip to Laos, so we’ll be out of touch, I hope everyone’s Natal Day weekend was filled with sun, friends and drinks!
I’ll leave you with some wise words from Mr.P:
“It is same-same but different.” (A popular Thai saying)
“Oh my Buddha.”
“Enjoy your life, enjoy everything!”
“Have a good dream!”