Krabi Jungle Tour
Trip Start Jan 06, 2010
81Trip End Mar 23, 2010
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Where I stayed
Bai Fern Mansion
Around 7ish we stumbled across a bar that was showing 'The Beach' and it was full of backpackers so we crammed in and had a few Singha beers. 4 beers and a sprite for 4quid. Jo was passed out at 10 so we called it a night because we had to be up early.
We skipped breakfast this morning and headed out on the jungle tour with a Finish couple. First stop was the Hot springs around 40 celsius and crystal clear. Jo was pretty happy because she thought it was doing her skin some good. 20 minutes later and we made our way through the jungle to a freshwater pool and waterfall
Next up was a Thai lunch. We sat down with the couple from Finladn and were served steamed rice, fried chicken, green Thai curry, sweet and sour vegetables, Prawns and cashew nuts in some sort of sauce (which I really liked but Jo didn't look impressed) and watermelon and pineapple for afters. It was really nice. (As i'm typing this Jo's falling asleep next to me)
We took a short ride in the mini-van to the Elephant trekking around 2pm. We arrived an two elephants walked down to greet us followed by a third who came bounding in looking less stable than the other two. Jo said "I bet we get that one"
A swedish couple went first followed by the Finish couple and then it was our turn. Our elephant came to the block the wrong way. We climbed on anyway pulled a u-turn, then he made a short sprint to a waterhole and started soaking us with his trunk. "Typical" Jo said.
We trekked through the jungle for an hour, taking turns to ride on his neck and the seat on his back
On the way back we stopped at a waterhole that was a perfect turquoise colour. The guide said it was a sink hole and 240metres deep. He was showing us a huge spider the size of a coke can in the tree when the elephant decided we needed another shower. We headed back drenched to feed them Banana's and take photo's. It was a really good trip. I think it was better than swimming with the dolphins in Mexico. Jo disagree's but no surprise there.
Our last stop was the Tiger Cave Temple - 1237 steep steps up a cliff. It was hell! So hard in the heat. Early last year we climbed Snowdon in the snow. It took us 5 hours. It only took 45mins to reach the top today. Jo said "Give me Snowdon in the snow anyday!"
It was worth it though, the views were amazing and the temple was even more impressive. There was a 30ft high gold Buddah on the top. "I don't even want to imagine how they got that up here" I said. It was very peaceful at the top, people were praying and lighting candles. Jo even admitted she had a 'moment' when she lit her white candle
We climbed back down in 20mins. Stopped for some water and got a cornetto. I bought some peanuts to feed the monkeys but Jo kept her distance after Monkey Beach.
Definatley the best day so far!
We ate again on the markets tonight. We started with duck and rice in Hoison sauce split between us for 80p before having a small meal each at another stall. Jo had sweet and sour pork which she claims was lamb. I got a bit cocky and tried Shrimp Tumeric curry. It burnt like hell. Lovely though. The meals were 80p each and very filling.
I had to cool my mouth down so i had coconut ice cream for afters and Jo opted for the coconut pancakes again. Before we came away neither of us could stand coconut - I wouldn't even eat a Bounty. But its growing on us fast over here as its used in practically everything.
We're gonna stick with Koh Samui tomorrow. We've booked a bus/ferry ticket that leaves Krabi at 10.30am and arrives in Samui at 5.30pm.