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Misty Mountains

We arrived in Khao Sok and boarded the raddest hippie bus I have ever seen, it was straight out of a movie, brightly colored, broken down looking, and generally awesome. 3 working fans = not awesome though!

We also met up with the other 24-day tour group at this point, making 40 people or so in total. We would be travelling with them for the next eight days, doing the lake house, full moon and Ko Phangan together.

We arrived at the Smile guesthouse in Khao Sok, a gorgeous guesthouse in the middle of the mountains of a national park.  It literally looked like Jurassic Park, with mist rolling through the mountains, elevated jungle huts and a gorgeous lobby full of heavy dark furniture and little fountains.

Our first order of business was to buy booze for the river tubing adventure.  We bought delicious boozies then loaded up the floating coolers for our trip down the river.  We grabbed a tube each and walked down the road to the river, jumping into the shallow water and letting the current float us for a blissful, tipsy two hours of fun…

Until I looked down and realized the waterproof camera I had brought had somehow unlocked its “airtight” compartment and was now full of water…I was not impressed. It was such a crap thing to happen on an otherwise great day, I tried not to let it get to me. Back to the guesthouse after to prep for the monkey temple.

Once the cam was safely in a bag of rice drying out, I grabbed my stuff and headed out with the rest to check out the  monkey temple.

Monkeys are the greediest little jerks you have ever seen. Just sayin. We got to the temple and paid for some peanuts and bananas to feed the seemingly cute little guys, they were super grabby and even though it was cute to see them running around, they were actually a little scary….haha. Disney films have it all wrong. I’m not sure I’d want to be alone around a bunch of monkeys now.

My day ended pretty early, on account of me being pretty sauced on the river cruise. After dinner I decided to sleep for an hour to be fresh for the evening, aaaand woke up the next morning instead. Whoops!

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Tigers and Monkeys in Kanchanaburi!

We woke up in our floating guesthouse, and packed up as it was finally time to leave Kanchanaburi and head south.  We had two more stops in the area, though – the seven layer waterfall and the tiger temple.

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The waterfall was in a national park, and is literally seven different waterfalls along a beautiful trail, complete with cheeky monkeys along the way. We were told to hold tight to our cameras because the monkeys love anything shiny and they WILL steal your camera. But they were sooooo cuuute!! One even had a little baby holding onto her mama as they crashed through the trees above us!

We got to swim in several of the waterfall pools as we hiked, and i sat in a little pool while the little fishies nibbled my feet (it tickled!).  After the hike, we ate some lunch and headed back to the bus – it was tiger time, baby.

The temple was really a tiger sanctuary, where rescued tigers can live from cubs, growing up around humans so they are used to us, and able to be in a relaxed state. We got to walk right up to the tigers, pet them and hang out while the trainers took pictures of us. It sounds dangerous but it was really a controlled environment – you had to hold the trainers hand and every tiger had its own trainer beside him. My camera died just as it  was my turn (bah) so I  had to borrow a friends camera to get my pics petting and walking with the tigers.  We paid a little extra and got to watch the tiger show, where they caged US in (haha) and let the tigers loose.  They jumped and play fought and prowled and were basically the most majestic and beautiful animals I’ve ever seen up close. It was totally worth it to pay the extra couple of bucks and watch the show.

We got back on the bus in time for our next adventure, the night train to the south.  This journey deserves its own blog, so ill stop here and pick it up later.

Xoxo

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