7. Hike And Bike, Chiang Mai
Someone recommended this trip to me and it really didn't sound too appealing at first - the only reason I did it because he was
so insistent, but boy was he right.
The company is run by an American expat, which meant it was so much more organised and professional than all the other trips I did in South East
The day started with a 7.5km trek up a 1000m tall mountain through the humid jungle. That sounds horrible I know, but in fact it was really
enjoyable, it only took 2 hours, the jungle was so beautiful and lush and I had some great company along the way.
When we reached the top we were above the clouds and arrived at a Hmong hill tribe village where we were cooked a delicious spicy pork noodle
After spending about an hour with the hill tribe learning about their culture and way of life we geared up and got on our mountain bikes (that
were driven up by the company whilst we were hiking).
Before we booked we had to decide whether to go on the beginner, intermediate or advanced downhill mountain bike track - I wanted to have fun, so
even though I had never done downhill mountain biking before I chose the intermediate - afterwards I was so relieved I didn't choose the advanced
It was extreme to say the least, the track was split up into about four sections, and in each section I didn't pedal once, nor take my hand off
the brakes, but still was absolutely flying down the mountain - it was such a rush, you knew one mistake would result in serious pain.
I made to the bottom without falling off, where we arrived at an idyllic lake with the mountain we just trekked up (and hurtled down) as the
backdrop. We ended the day with a delicious local meal in a beautiful bamboo hut, positioned on stilts above the lake.
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