I thought now I’m home and recovered from jet lag I’d share some more experiences of Thailand…
So after our amazing day with the elephants we went to national park Saturday and Sunday. Jungle treck, bat caves, hot springs and waterfall- what a weekend!
First a three and a half hour train journey on the worlds uncomfortable seats ever. They were like plastic with no room to slouch whatsoever! Let’s just say my back wasn’t in great conditions afterwards.
When we arrived we were picked up and arrived at our accommodation for the night. Jen and me shared, probably for the best putting the two loud mouths together 😂
Before we went on the tour I made it extremely clear to the tour guide that if he bought any spiders near me he wouldn’t be returning home that night… I think he understood the message!
First we went to the hot springs. You know like you see in films where people look mega cool in the pretty water with waterfalls- well I got to go experience it!
Anyone that knows me knows I love water so I was absolutely in my element. After bricking it for about five mins I also jumped from the rocks into the water- my heart was pretty much in my mouth but it was so much fun!
Afterwards we went to the bat caves. Our tour guide asked who likes Harry Potter and me being me was like ‘YESSSSS ME’ so he was like are you sure. Obviously then I went to the back of the crowd because he had something in his hand. No thank you! Then be put a spider on someone’s face and I didn’t trust him after that, despite whether they volunteered or not. Although the bats were an absolutely extraordinary experience. We saw millions flying it was like something out of Harry Potter!
After our first evening of exploring Hattie and me were gasping for pizza. Of course we asked if anywhere did it and the guy told us no not really so we said we’ll go on a hunt. Weird guy said it wasn’t safe but that didn’t stop us. Don’t know why he said that because a little further up the road we found the most beautiful food with the best carbonara EVER!! Carbs overload but I was super sick of rice and noodles by this point.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese! 😍
We had such a laugh that night and I think it was safe to say the best food whilst we were away over the sixteen days!
Day 2- Jungle trek and Waterfalls!
I have to say the 12 of us made a cracking group and I couldn’t thank them enough for their help during the jungle trek! After my stern words about how me and creepy crawly’ are not the best of friends everyone was on high alert during the jungle trek. Claire and Kat in particular were my saviours and helped me up, around, down, over all over the spider webs! It was pretty much like a bear hunt!
After an hour and a half we didn’t have awful luck on our trek so we headed to have some dinner. This was where luck came in as we got to see some gibbons and a vicious viper snake!
I also got to be the big kid I am and play on the swing!
Later on during our journey we saw some monkeys and one even stole an ice coffee and were drinking it, cheeky devils!
Seeing the different animals were great!
To bring the day to an end we got to go see a 25m waterfall. Have you seen the film The Beach? It was the one from there. Pretty much felt as though I was going to die as I was stepping down the steepest, rocky, unstable stairs ever but I somehow managed to stay alive. Let’s just say England would have a field day with health and safety in national park! 😂 Especially with the 100m one we went to visit afterwards!
To top it all off we got caught in the heaviest monsoon known to man and got soaking when walking back from the second waterfall. Little Jess over here was very thankful for her water coat she remembered. Everyone hated me for that idea! 😂
Finally we went back quickly had some more food in the lovely restaurant across the way from the hostel before getting the train back to Surin. We were absolutely dreading the journey back with the plastic seats. However, our luck was in. This time we got reclined seats. It was as though we won the lottery! A short while into the journey the market joined us again. This time I wanted to buy something just to throw at them as they wouldn’t stop pecking our head. I mean I’m not being funny but who wants fish on a train journey? Bugger off and stop smelling the train out. I even got some spray and sprayed the train. Everyone thought it was hilarious, but you know me and my ways- no shame! After the hustle and bustle got off and were chucked back onto the platform we carried on the next three hours journey. So whilst everyone had a kip on the way back I watched City win their first match of the season against Arsenal. Get innnnnnn!!