Updated: January 9, 2014
Chiang Mai Adventure Trek
Day 3. We woke up early not by a rooster call but by an elephant call. After breakfast, we left our packs and boarded the elephants for an hour ride through the forest. It was a pretty exciting time. We purchased some bananas for 20BAHT to feed the elephants while trekking.
Our seat was pretty secured on the elephant, but we weren't secured on the seat so hanging on tight was a must especially on a steep downhill. In case you change your mind and realized you got to give you elephant a treat, about half way on the trail there would be someone selling bannanas on an elevated hut. There was also a good spot to hand in your camera to a guide for a self portrait.
At the end of the trek, we put on our pfds and helmets for a wet and slightly wild rafting adventure. Our guides brought our packs to the rafting start-off point, and we got to secure our non-waterproof items there. The rapids weren't quite strong and it was a good beginners' course. After parking the rafts, we boarded a bamboo raft for a cool and mellow float-about. This bamboo ride was very relaxing and it goes through a beautiful tame forest.
At the end of this adventure, we were dropped off at the tour company's guesthouse Namkhong. All their rooms there were all taken though so we had to go somewhere else. We walked towards the north-east corner of the Chiang Mai Square and found a room at
North Lands House Hotel.