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….
- 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)
- Lovely lake, rainy river (laurastraveldaze.wordpress.com)