and yes, we crammed 16 people into one and rode in it for 8 hours to get to the mountains (trippies, you got it easy!) It was epic.
As always though, it was worth it
I went with Jordan (visiting friend from Canada), April & Dave, two friends from yoga, and some Thai university students I met through one of my Thai tutors
We got there in time to run around and take pictures
(that's Laos behind us, with the Mekong river running below)
before we settled down to watch the sunset.
It was cold, and we paid a group of little boys 40 baht (~$1) to build us a big fire, which was awesome because gathering wood is my least favorite campsite chore.
The next morning we drove to Pucheefa, a famous cliff with gorgeous views
and cute children
and dangerous children with whiskey
overall, a breath of fresh air (yeah, literally and figuratively)