. . . join an optional boat trip down the Kok River, whose banks are lined with thick jungles, mountain cliffs and many hill tribe villages, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can also explore the landscape from another perspective, high above the river and jungle floor, on an included guided elephant ride.
Brightly painted speed boats line the shore at the Chiang Rai boat landing.
This should be fun.
I’m pretty sure these are the same long tail boats they have in Bangkok. I’ve read about them and seen pictures – these have the same shape and appear to be powered by the same type of engine (old auto engines, from the look of things) with a propeller set at the end of a long pole so it trails far behind the boat. They look very cool.
These boats sit low in the water and the bow rises high in the air as the speed increases. As it slices through the water, that raised bow sends a steady spray past us -a sparkling curtain separating us from the scenery beyond.
And the scenery is generally quite lovely, with mountains comprised of a few rocky monoliths that rise up above the river’s otherwise lush, flat shore. Moving along the river, we pass homes, farms, resorts, and small industrial operations near the shore. Occasionally a fancy house or sparkling temple perches high above the water on a mountain side.
We wave to each group as we zip by.
I love being on the water and am enjoying the trip so much that I am completely focused on being here, wondering about the scenery we are passing. Lane is sitting behind me, with Chris, and the noise of the engine drowns her explanation of what we are seeing. So I am mostly lost in my thoughts and in the landscape that surrounds me.