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!
- Serenity in the middle of Khao Sok, Thailand (puravida01.wordpress.com)
- The Hobbit – Misty Mountains – Jun Sung Ahn & Peter Hollens (ghostriverstudios.wordpress.com)
- Day 2 – loop ride from Khao Sok to Chew Liam Lake then to Phanom and back to Khao Sok – 150km in 8,5hrs (rodgerhoffman.wordpress.com)