We ended up getting to have a day exploring Bangkok! Fraser organized an Amazing Race for us to do, which allowed us to have some friendly, fun competition while taking in the sights.
We rode the tram, a Tuk Tuk and a river boat to get to all the places we needed to go.
Some of the many attractions we went to see were Baiyoke Sky Tower (the 2nd tallest building in Thailand), Wat Arun Garden and Chatuchak Market.
After the "Amazing Race: Bangkok Rumble, Winner Takes All" (and one team showing up 30 minutes later than they were supposed to) we all headed back to the boats to go on a River boat ride. These boats take you down the Chao Praya, the main river that traverses Bangkok, and then down a few side canals. It was a unique experience that gave us a completely different view of the city than what we saw from street level.
Angela, Jordan, Justin and Dylan ended up winning after a long argument session and got these nifty hats, which they rubbed in our faces for the rest of the night...
We ended our day of adventure by visiting the night market in the red light district to see and experience the dark environment that Rahab is working in. It was a heartbreaking, foundational experience for every member of our team, and though difficult to see, we are all thankful for that experience.
The next morning we got up and went to the airport to fly out to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. Upon arriving, Mike Mann (the director of ITDP) picked us up at the airport with two trucks. The girls and Fraser sat inside while four of the guys chose to ride in the back, putting our luggage in the other truck.
Four and a half hours later we arrived at our accommodations for the night, the Omkoi Resort, complete with a swing bridge that sounded like the wood was cracking beneath our feet.
Tomorrow we spend 4 more hours in the back of trucks on a bumpy road, heading up further into the hills of Thailand to visit the hill tribes, where we will also be spending the night. We're apprehensive but excited to be able to see something very few people ever get to see. We will have an opportunity to see firsthand the work God is doing in such a secluded place through some amazing servants. Please pray for us, that God keeps us safe and that we gain a deeper understanding of what God is trying to teach us through this incredible experience.
By: Tom and Kate