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Day 54 (29th Jan) Waking up to a rooster at 5am is why most of the locals in this village wake up so early. Breakfast is on the deck overlooking the river and we got the fire going to warm us up from the still crisp morning. Breakfast is toast and egg with vegetables inside. With of course some pineapple, which is served with every meal. We are told to put shorts on and put our cameras and phones into Sunny’s waterproof bag as we are going bamboo rafting to get to a place that a taxi will be able to pick us up.
While having breakfast and getting ready we watched Oolala making two rafts out of bamboo logs and flax leaves to hold it together. It was so cool stepping onto the raft that was just made a few minutes ago. Our bags were held up on a stick that was crossed in the middle so there wouldn't get wet. We were split into two groups standing in a single file line down the centre of the raft. We were to try and stand and balance for the next 2 hours. It was a little tricky at first but after going through rapids and all falling forward like dominos onto each other we were determined not to fall in. Our feet were ice cold from the water coming through the bamboo as there are no sides to the raft. It was an amazing experience to see the river in the early morning sun coming through the tops of the trees in the forest and glistening on the water. Two hours rafting was the perfect amount of time, allowing me to have a go steering using a long bamboo stick controlling which way we go, but my legs were so thankful to sit down once on solid ground.
Lunch was served at a cute cafe just beside the river where we had steamed rice and spring rolls. The car ride back was so much more pleasant this time with the day starting to warm up. We arrive back at Chiang Mai from the hills to go and find some afternoon tea and get my nails done, as they desperately needed doing with a bit of TLC.
We grabbed our bags and were dropped off at the train station to catch an overnight train down to Bangkok. The train was laid out slightly differently with cubicles which turn into bunk beds per space. We played cards and talked for hours as this is the last time I will see everyone with the tour for the north of Thailand ( hill tribe trek ) sadly coming to an end with most of us going separate ways once the train arrives in the morning. xx Kirsty Claire xx