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Here are just a few of the photos I took whilst in Thailand. There aren't that many because the free web host I am using gives me limited disk space. However, I hope they give you all some idea of what I experienced in the land of Thai! I've tried to include photos that you won't see in all the guide books - not the usual shots of the cities, beaches, temples - and they're all people photos because they're my favourite type. Enjoy!

This shot was taken on our first day of trekking, which was quite a challenge for me, as everyone will vouch for. Some of the hills were quite insane, but I had a blast none the less and managed to come out alive, which is always a plus! (Note to self: need to get fit!) These three fellas, Neil, Zak and Kenny kept me company at the back for a fair amount of the hike! Thanks guys!
Shad, our local porter/cook dude (sorry, I don't know what to call him) made these fantastic banana leaf hats when we were trekking. Stylish, huh?! Shad and Kenny are sporting the male version, the girls' featured beautiful flower decorations! Shad was a really cool guy, as was Sukkam, our hilarious local guide  ... OH MY BUDDHA! ... 500 baht ... jokes that weren't jokes ... funny games ... all good times!

On the second afternoon of trekking we went elephant riding, as you do when in Thailand! Here, Ian gets up close and personal with 'Mai Chai', at least I think that was her name. A word of warning though, elephant riding is only fun for a certain period of time before it just becomes boring (trees, water, hills, trees, water, hills...) and actually quite painful. The seats, for those of us lucky enough to get to sit on them (although Kenny was in his element 'driving' the elephant) are quite hard and uncomfy, let alone the spiky trees and sticks  out to get you. I felt sorry for the guys who actually had to sit on the elephants necks - I hear that is not the best spot to be when you are a guy!
Bamboo rafting was a breeze - at least for those of us who didn't have to do any of the work! Look at me here with Zak pretending that I actually steered the thing! We had a good crew on our raft (thanks guys) A fair few falls and injuries, lost shoes, cut legs, interesting sun burn patches on our feet, got stuck on the rocks many times... the raft had more or less fallen apart by the end of it, but it was so much fun!

Back in Chiang Mai, a whole bunch of us decided to go check out a really important mountain-top temple, Doi Suthep. This is all of us on the way back to the hotel in the truck - everyone looks so happy; big smiles all round! Check out all the food on sticks - corn, sausages, bananas ... anything tastes good on a stick!
Further south in Khao Sok National Park, a few of us went canoeing, well actually we sat there whilst the guides canoed. It was really beautiful scenery though, a lot more lush than the dry conditions of the north. Neil and I found it really relaxing to sit back and take it all in, whilst being laughed at by the canoe guides when we were trying to learn more Thai!

When we on the island of Koh Samui, we hired a few motorbikes with the intention of riding around to all the waterfalls and beaches and generally just checking the place out. We didn't end up doing very much though - this is at the first waterfall (that trickle in the background) we stopped at. We took a wrong turn and ended up in the wrong spot, so we bush bashed our way through to where we heard voices. We made friends with a monkey at the top, rode around, had a few accidents and falls, went to another (much bigger) fall, where we lost a bike key ... ended up being quite a bizarre day!
The girls! This is actually Astrid's teary goodbye at the ferry terminal at the end of our stay in Koh Tao. She decided to kick on a bit longer there, and I don't blame her!  Koh Tao was great, amazing snorkelling and scenery, and a really relaxed atmosphere where everyone was just so laid back. It was probably my most favourite part of the trip,if that's even possible - the entire thing was just so excellent ... I could easily see myself back there someday soon! :-)

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