Monday, January 14, 2013

Doi Inthanon National Park

A trip to Chiang Mai would not be complete without seeing Doi Inthanon National Park. It was about a 2 hour drive to get there from our hotel. We paid for a van to take us there plus 200 baht for the entrance fee. We also decided to go for a hike (about 2-3 hours) to see a hill tribe village (and also see part of the Royal Project on the way).

Nine of us made the journey, which took all day on Saturday.

Gorgeous Waterfalls

It was too cold for most people, but Tarah, Reed, and I braved the cold and adapted to the numbingly freezing water.

We walked for about 2 and a half hours. Our guide was from the hill tribe and did not speak English, but he tried his best to explain things to us. (and he was also nice enough to slow down when we got scared to cross the rickety bridges). Throughout the hike, he would present us with plants to try (lemongrass, coffee beans, cinnamon off of a tree, etc.), but the weirdest was when he stopped to hand us each a scoop of red ants. And yes, I ate it. (I'd have to say it was even more difficult than eating the cockroach).

When we arrived, they showed us the process of making coffee (they sell their beans to Starbucks--which is, funny enough, where I am right now to make this post). They gave us a pot of coffee (and some homemade whiskey), which was a perfect way to end the long hike.

The van ride home involved a little sleeping and a lot of bad karaoke, but all-in-all, we all agreed it was one of the best experiences of the Thailand adventure.

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