Saturday, 13 July 2013

Kuang Si Waterfalls

For once, I was surprisingly not hungover today, woohoo. In fact, I woke up really early wanting to go to the infamous Kuang Si waterfalls yet I had to wait for everyone else to get ready too, especially Olivia because she was definitely feeling the alcohol from last night! Eventually, once everyone had dragged themselves out of bed, OIivia, Brad, Johan, Gwendolyn and I all set off to find breakfast. They took us to a really expensive bakery so Olivia and I, on our tight student budget, decided to find somewhere by ourselves. We found ourselves slightly down the road at a little local filled cafe ordering a baguette with cheese and ham. It was hilarious because they didn’t actually make it for you, they gave the tinniest piece of ham that I had to pay an extra 60p for, and it didn’t take up any of the roll, then 2 cubes of cheese that I had to spread onto it. We just laughed for ages at how bad the service was, but once I’d made it, it was actually surprisingly yummy!
After meeting the others, a tuk tuk agreed to take us back to the hotel to check to see if Caitlin wanted to come and so we could grab our stuff on the condition we used him to take us to the waterfall as a return for 4 pounds each, the cheapest we’d found it so far. It's weird they'll do it so cheap bearing in mind it's a 40 minute journey where they then sit and wait all day for you to finish exploring before driving you home. Of course the journey there wasn’t great because tuk tuk’s are so painful to sit in for long periods of time.
My calves were killing me from walking up 200 steps to get to the buddha cave yesterday and it was just agony walking up to the waterfall! Entry was £2 but along the way though there was a bear sanctuary too. It was super cute, at first they were all just sleeping, but on the way back they were playing around and having fun which was adorable. 
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The waterfall had 4 different layers, but the busiest was the one with the rope swing. Although I thought they were all beautiful, I actually preferred the tiny one I saw in Pai because it wasn’t half as busy and the amount of people there since it is a large tourist attraction, totally took away the serenity and beauty of it so I didn’t enjoy it as much. Not to mention, holy fuck, the water was ice cold we were freeezzzzzzinggg! 
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We did our ‘one thing a day that scared us, which was jumping off the rope swing. It was a really dodgy attraction, never would be allowed in the UK, because you climb up some weird tree and risk landing on someone below. We were scared at first, but it turned out to be good, Brad was supposed to be filming it but it stopped before we actually jumped which was a shame. I ended really hurting my finger though and we have no clue how that happened. Perhaps it was the way I landed in the water with such force and just bent it back. In the evening it completely swelled up and I had to go find a bandage and use a pen as a splint, looks ridiculous. 
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After returning back to our hotel and chilling out, I skyped Matt for a while before Caitlin came into our room and we all went out for dinner and to explore the night market. I was extremely upset the good burger restaurant yesterday had no burgers in so had to get an icky tasting pizza. I miss McDonalds, darn you Laos, I miss multi-national corporations. We all then went to Utopia but were going to have a quiet night… turns out Utopia was quiet too. I left pretty much as soon as we got there as my finger was really hurting so I went to bandage it up then fell asleep just after midnight.
Caitlin and I at dinner.

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