With no electricity and exhausted from the hike before, I went to bed early and intentionally decided to wake up early enough so I could attend church with the villagers. Apparently, a few years ago, some Catholics entered the village and built a church. Because of this, many of the villagers are catholic and celebrate mass multiple times a day. I thought it’d be super interesting to attend mass with them and it was.
So up I woke at 6 am and headed to the tiny little chapel.
I didn’t want to take pictures of the service because it felt a little weird since my friend and I were already sticking out as foreigners. One thing that interested me though was that the villagers sit on the floor and seem to separate themselves by gender. The girls sat on one side and the men on the left. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but it was just an interesting observation to me nonetheless.
I then took a short walk around the village to snap some pics. It sort of scared me because the animals all roam freely. I was afraid that they’d overtake me or something, but of course this was an irrational fear, as I’m sure they’re used to people walking amongst their space. I really do feel like there’s something beautiful about allowing animals to roam freely in a village. It almost feels like this is how God intended for us to live all along.
Our group then ate a breakfast of eggs and toast. One thing about villages in Thailand is that they DO NOT skimp out on portions for foreigners. They gave us so much food the entire time we were there. It was also really good too.
After breakfast, some of the group decided that they would rather take a motorcycle to the next village instead of hike, but I was not a part of this camp. I’m so glad I didn’t skip out on the hike! It was absolutely beautiful and so much fun. It was also not as hot as the day before. We also saw places in Thailand that were way more rural and beautiful than the city. I also had a really good conversation with our tour guide about education in Thailand and it just sparked a bigger desire in me to help people.
Because of all the NGOs in the world, I had got to thinking that there are enough organizations to help people. The reality of the situation is that there is still so much more room for help.
We ate lunch that day in another village that seemed to be more modern than the first village. There was even a satellite for TV there! A few of us took a little dip into the river, and I was humored to see that the cows were taking a dip in our same river. So, in a way, we were swimming with the cows. How fun!
Then, it was back to hiking!
Finally, after about another hour, we arrived in the village we were going to stay in for the night. There were quite a few other tourists in the village and it also seemed more modern than the first village. It felt like tourism was their main income. I contributed to this I guess.
Some local ladies also sold some items to us girls. I love how no matter where you are in the world, there is shopping!
I then took another bucket bath. If you think it was better than the last time, then you’d be kidding yourself. It was still freezing.
Our group spent the evening hanging around the campfire playing games and preparing for dinner. I used my cooking skills from Chiang Mai to help prepare the spring rolls. The food was AMAZING. Seriously.
This night was probably my favorite night throughout my entire Thailand experience. We played games, sang songs (I played guitar), and talked for hours. It was kind of incredible.