Stories from Chi Phat
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
147Trip End May 30, 2013
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Where I stayed
Community Based Eco-Tourism
***One afternoon, I decided to sit outside to write in my journal. It was a warm afternoon and there was no electricity to power the fan (only on from 6-10pm). Soon I had all of the children from the guest house and their friends gathered around
***Went on an evening dinner cruise over the river (just us). Not much of a sunset due to the clouds. But after dark, the stars started to wink through the clouds, the occasional flicker of distant lightening danced across the clouds and fireflies lit up the shorelines.
***The fashion statement here for women seems to be pj's. The ones that look like scrubs with wild colours and patterns. This is one fashion I have no interest in participating in!
***Took a walk to some waterfalls with a guide who liked to walk at a forced march. After a couple of hours in the hot sun, he decided we could take a little rest at someone's home along the way. A typical small home on stilts with a pig and some chickens underneath. While our guide turned around to have a smoke, I noticed that the pig had grabbed his pack and was making a get-away
***during our hike to the waterfall, we cut off the main path and started to walk through grasses at least 8 feet high. I, lagging behind to take photos, suddenly had visions of a tiger slinking through the grass and pouncing on me. So I quickly rushed ahead to catch up. Arriving at the top of a great waterfall, we actually sat on the edge to have our lunch! How I love countries that aren't covered and red tape and legislation!
***Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms have been the norm during our stay, but this afternoon we had none. As a result, the sky was clear for the stars to come out! I had heard that there was a night market a few kilometres up the road, so we went for a walk to see. However, all we found were 2 houses duelling with large speaker systems and karaoke machines
***Noisy O'Clock: It starts around 5:30am with a distant cockerel crow. As the chickens come in from their night time forest hiding places, it grows louder and louder as more join in. Then the puppies start to wrestle and the lizards chirp. Larger geckos upstairs scamper to daytime hiding places and it sounds like a cat running across the ceiling. The first motorbikes drive down the road and people begin their daily tasks of bathing and cooking. The first shaft of light breaks through the window and the children come out to play. It's 6am and impossible to sleep anymore.