Chiang Rai and Chiang Khong
27.11.2008 - 30.11.2008 18 °C
For those looking for an adventure, Northern Thailand has beautiful mountains, waterfalls and rural hill tribe villages to explore.
We stayed in this hut whilst trekking
Instead of trekking from Chiang Mai, we decided to head even further north to Chiang Rai in hope of a less touristy experience.
Chiang Rai is a city in Northern Thailand which is also the gateway to the Golden Triangle, an area of land that borders three countries - Thailand, Burma & Laos.
We arrived mid afternoon with the temperature being quite nice & mild but by sunset, the temperature dropped dramatically. After stupidly only packing for a beach bum holiday, we had to layer up with as many items of clothing as possible. Luckily for us, our chosen guesthouse had cosy rooms with giant duvet/doonas as well as a great restaurant which served up hearty hot meals.
We booked a 2 day/1 night trek through our guesthouse and set off early the following day with our tour guide Pu and his trainee guide Num. We hiked for 4 hrs on the first day, up & down the mountain range passing by a traditional Lahu ethnic village and a beautiful waterfall. In the evening we camped out in a Akha hill tribe village sleeping in a thatched bamboo hut. Again, the coldness went right through us so we spent most of the night huddled around a camp fire. The second day consisted of hiking for a further 5 hrs which seemed endless and tougher as our tired bodies were aching from the previous day.
Visiting a Lahu Village
Kate & Num in Akha Village
Nathan trying to warm up!
Nathan with our tour guide on our second day
After we proudly finished our trek, we headed back to our guesthouse and didn't move till the next morning. We spent our last night in Chiang Rai watching cable tv and drinking hot chocolate & loved every minute of it.
Our stay in Chiang Rai was short lived as we continued our journey north east to the border town Chiang Khong. Chiang Khong would be our final destination in Thailand before crossing over to Laos.
Here we dosed up on homemade chocolate cake, fresh tea, tasty mexican burritos and cashed up with US dollars ready for our long journey down the Mekong River.
Kate in Chiang Khong Thailand with Laos in the far distance
Nathan enjoying his cake & cuppa