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The Lake House

I woke up early in the morning after my little river tubing adventure the afternoon before, and got a chance to chat with my dad on the night of his birthday (11 hrs behind my time) while they were having a birthday dinner! It was great to catch up + talk with the whole family, and so surreal to stand amidst misty Jurassic Park mountains and watch the sun rise.

Our next adventure began soon after, as our two groups boarded the hippie bus to Khao Sok national park.  After a taste of the rainy season (aka treacherous downpour that would last 20 mins max) we boarded long tails to the cliff jumping spot among rocky karsts covered in deep green jungle rising out of the lake.

Then we arrived at our floating accommodations on the lake deep in the park.¬† 45 Canadians. 4 to a cabin. On mattresses. Nothing to do but eat and drink and have moustache parties. So we did! When there was sun we would swim and tan, but that didn’t happen too much because its rainy season. Silly tourists!

The highlight of the lake house was the treacherous jungle hike we took…
First off the river was too low to get to the trailhead. So we had to hike- to the trailhead. On a new path. Forged by our Thai guide with a machete. Rough. For sure! The hike from the trailhead was easy enough, and the waterfall and caves at the end were a good payoff, but we arrived back at the lake house pretty wiped.

I was ready to leave the rainy lake house when we did early the next morning.¬† What would come next would remain my favorite place in the whole month I travelled with beach travellers and the experiences I had there changed me forever. Stay tuned….

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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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