A memorable part of my trip to Thailand was a 2 day excursion into the depths of the jungle, where I travelled around in a mini bus visiting the beautiful natural waterfalls, the tranquil mountains where I stayed in a local-run traditional lodge and a small jungle tribe and community, where I got to ride an elephant and feed some very cheeky monkeys. It was a fantastic experience and one that allowed me to explore a completely different culture, seeing how other people live. The jungle tribe we visited had very limited access to clean water and sanitation products and relied on visitors like myself for their income; through elephant trekking and the sale of handmade gifts at the local markets (I bought so many scarves and pieces of jewellery – I’ve lost count!). The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and I thankfully had the opportunity to take some photos as we travelled from the lodge to the remote jungle tribe via speedboat (not my most desirable method of travel but I managed to ignore my fear and almost enjoy the experience). It was a pretty special adventure, one I will most certainly never forget. However, I was almost tearful with gratitude when I was able to use a proper toilet and shower when we got back to Bangkok – it’s amazing how much we take for granted!
Love, Beth xo.