Three life changing days have passed, all of us can say that we have lived the way of the Indigenous people of Thailand—The Bakka Kayon welcomed us into their homes and their hearts. Between eating whole fish, spicy mushrooms, pigskin, and plenty of rice, we have all had a taste of life in a different way. But I think we can all agree that the bathroom experience was the most unique—feel free to inquire when we are home! But all of this has changed us as individuals. Seeing how these people live has been truly incredible and I don’t think any of us will forget it. A bittersweet feeling set in on the group during the goodbye ceremony, leaving our new found family and friends was difficult.
Our next journey was a wonderful surprise. Meeting FOUR elephants. We fed them sugar cane (that we cut ourselves!) and bananas. Bathed them in the river, or more we were like bathed by them! They posed for pictures and kept us in awe of their size, presence and intelligence. Truly gentle giants
We ended the day at the base of Chiang Dao. A towering peak that we will climb tomorrow. A walk to hot springs and a soak in the river was the icing on the cake of a once in a lifetime day.
Off to an early bed, 5:30 wake-up call for our trek! Hard to believe we have only two more days here, we promise to savor each and every moment.
Cheers, Ryan and the whole Thailand Team