For whatever reason I woke up very early. I tried to get back to sleep, but decided that everyone else was up and that it was getting late so I crawled out - only to find that I was the first up and it wasn't even six yet! It was very beautiful though so I sat on a rock next to the river and read as the mountains slowly revealed themselves. After the others got up we had breakfast and broke camp. Around nine we got on the water and spent about an hour learning how to maneuver the raft when commanded. We finally hit the river for real and rafted for two hours until we stopped for lunch. It was fun but there were only two really exciting rapids - I'd been led to expect the river to be nearly constant white water. After lunch we continued for another hour to our campsite. Before setting up camp a group of us decided to swim (with life vests and helmets) the last set of rapids before camp. It was pretty challenging to get out far enough into the rive to feel like I had a straight line through - but I managed. It was fun but felt a little out of control. I didn't have any problems, but some of the other rafters got banged up pretty good. Spent the rest of the evening hanging out, talking, reading, and chopping garlic and ginger for diner. Diner was fantastic - garlic bread and ginger beer plus the usual salads. We realized it was the Buddha's birthday so we sat around drinking beer in the partially deflated raft - which was actually very comfortable (we found out later the guides weren't too happy as they wanted to use the raft to make their tent...) The full moon was out for awhile, then the clouds hid it. When it started to rain everyone went to bed.