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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Day 52 ( 27th Jan) Waking up to the sound of rain when I know that I will be starting a three day hike in the mountains is the last thing I feel like doing. I go down to breakfast and eat everything that is not Thai food at 7:00 am. We pack our suitcases and leave them in the lobby and put whatever we may need over the next three days into my backpack. 2x 1 litre of water bottles and a thousand layers to try and make myself warm. In the end my layers were 1x 3/4 gym pants with 1x light weight fat pants, a singlet, a t-shirt, a scarf and 1x hoodie. It is the coldest day ever !!!
Leave for the hike with my backpack that I have no idea how I am going to get this on my back let alone walk with it for hours. The drive is 2 hours before we stop for lunch that has a random hair dryer that we all sit around trying to dry our wet outside layers. Fried rice and soup is for lunch which we just want for the warmth. Never would I have ever thought I would be on a summer holiday in Thailand say saying its freezing! But luckily enough there is a fire at the back outside which we all huddle around until it is more smoke than warmth. Drive 2 hours in back seat bumping over potholes and sliding when driving around sharp corners. We stop at a market to buy some ponchos so we don't get soaked on our hike.
Arriving to start the hike is misery knowing now that I have taken the first step there is no turning back. The first 20 hour of the hike was just straight uphill like a vertical climb and it being raining everyone was slipping and getting covered in mud. Arriving at the first village was so eye opening to see how the Thai culture live. Everything is made from bamboo from the roof, to the homes, to the steps leading up to each home which is about 2-3 metres above the ground built on stilts. We walk over rivers and through thick forest until we arrive at Sunny’s village where we will be staying tonight. All the beds (thin mattresses ) are lined up in pairs next to each other each with a mosquito net covering the beds . We huddle around the fire before I have a go at helping make a traditional Thai dinner and had a camp fire cooking class from one of the tour guides uncle Sami and Oolala are their names. Dinner was amazing even better that I cooked it. We played cards and had uncle Sami show us a few tricks before crashing for bed with exhaustion.
xx Kirsty Claire xx