White water and white knuckles!

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After conking out at the river camp we headed onwards to our date with adventure! White water rafting on the river, something I have never done before, so why not try it in the middle of nowhere with relatively little health and safety . . .

We are now back down the mountain, having steadily descended the day before and we’re heading to the river.

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On route we spot more elephants (always exciting) and a large discarded snake skin (not so cool – for me anyway)

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Bit more of a scamble, a nice little beach and then we arrive riverside.

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Then we’re helmet on, quick demo of how to hold a paddle and what to do if we tip out of the boat, then we’re off!

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Not too sure about it all to be honest . . .

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Although I am not initially sure about the whole idea (as evidenced by the face above) I am soon overtaken by an adrenaline fuelled competitive streak that sees me force our boat of four, into a race with all other boats (with more people in them!) and we win!!!

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After that we have a gentle float on a bamboo raft to finish off the day, before heading back to Chiang Mai.

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By the way, here’s how cool we looked from the shore!!

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