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Khao Sok National Park and a short stay in Khao Lak

Rainforest and jungle

rain 29 °C

We arrived in Khao Sok 6 am and after breakfast and a rest in our cottage at Palm View resort we decided to go tubing down the river. We Had to have a guide with us, and to be honest - I was very happy that we did. The water level in the river was very low though so the tubing was quite slow, our guide cathed a baloon fish with his fishing spear. It's the first time we have seen a baloon fish and it was interesting to see the fish blow him self up to a small round baloon. :-)
In the evening we sat on the porch, listening at the sounds from the jungle, drank some Chang and enjoyed the stillness.

The next day we decided to to hike to some waterfalls in the park and we stopped to swim in the ponds on our way.
Swimming in the river

Swimming in the river

We was only able to hike to the 2nd level, we were not allowed to hike the rest without a guide, to be honest - when I looked up to the slippery rocks continued to the next level I was pretty happy to have a reason to say no to Hank, who without any hesitation should have continued.
We went back down again and we felt that the hike was too short so we walked to Art`s Riverside resort to have a late lunch and a swim.
Swimming in Cheow Ian lake

Swimming in Cheow Ian lake

In the evening we signed up for a tour to Cheow Lan lake with a trek into the rainforest and to Tham Talu Cave for the next day and we decided to have an early night.
After breakfast the next day we were ready for the tour and our wonderful host whished us a fun and safe day.
Close to the Cheow lake we stopped to buy trekking shoes made totally of rubber; I'm so glad I bought them - I didn't slip once!

The boat trip on the lake was very beautiful with all the limestone cliffs.

After an hour and and a half we docked at the floating bungalows to have lunch and to swim/kayaking.


I have to say that the bungalows was "very rustic" and I was not the only one in our group who was happy NOT to have booked the tour with an overnight stay:-)

After lunch we took another tailboat to start our trekking in the jungle.

After an hour trekking we reached the opening of the cave and Hank made himself ready to enter the cave.securedownload-35.jpeg

Meanwhile I was already climbing the rocks, eager to enter the cave with snakes, bates, huge spiders and whatever else who likes to live in a cave! :-)
Climbing to enter Tham Nam Thalu caves

Climbing to enter Tham Nam Thalu caves

Pretty soon the water reached over our thighs and we was told that we needed to swim pretty soon. We saw a snake and a frog - but to be honest - I didn't really vwant to see those...happy to look at the stalacmites and thinking about that this cave is millions years old!

We went into the cave for about a couple of hundred meters and we could hear the waterfall, our guide told us it wasn't safe to continue into the
cave, he said the sound from the waterfall was too high.
We turned around and went back to our boat but on the way back to the boat our guide pointed out a very beautiful spider.
Beautiful Spider

Beautiful Spider

Then we went back to the rafting houses and swam a little bit more before we headed back to our resort. The next morning we took the bus to Khao Lak but this place is not really what we like; a 6 lane highway we have to cross to get to the beach side and then walk through huge resorts to finally reach the beach.
After 2 nights here we have decided to go to the island Koh Lipe and we hope that this is more in our liking.

Posted by InTwoPlaces 06:13 Archived in Thailand

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