On to Khao Sok National Park

Trip Start Jun 30, 2005
Trip End Jun 05, 2006

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

That afternoon we caught the night train and watched the sun rise in the morning. We then caught the bus to Khao Sok National Park and stayed at the 'Jungle House'. We had a cute bungalow in jungle surroundings overlooking the small river down below - very beautiful! Obviously feeling rather energetic, we ventured out for a walk to a waterfall but took a detour to a view point up over a million steps, only to find the view point was non-existent over the dense jungle. After a while back on the right path to the waterfall, I gave up, unable to take another step - heat stricken, absolutely knackered with not enough water and still another 3km to go. So we went to a river point where you can see lots of monkeys climbing down from the rock face and along the
river. There were loads of very cute monkeys, with a lot of young ones too. That evening we had an amazing roast dinner, with just about everything you could imagine with it at Sean's Travellers Restaurant. We hadn't had a roast dinner since NZ at Sas and KT's, and although it wasn't half as good as theirs, it was pretty damn good.

The following day we took a day tour to Chieow Laan Lake - man made (dam created). This lake is 165 km at its longest point, and was remonsisant of The Doubtful Sounds in NZ giving it a very 'Lord of the Rings' feeling, with its rugged limestone outcrops creating beautiful secluded waterways; only differing from NZ with its hot temperatures and blue sky. After an hour or so on a long tailed boat, we arrived at a floating village where we had a swim and some lunch. We then went on a walk through the jungle to Tham Khang Dao cave, where we followed an underground river through the cave which is home to many bat species, huge spiders, crabs and crickets. Back to the floating village for fruit and another swim before heading back. During the journey back we caught a glimpse of monkeys playing in the trees and saw the lake and its limestones faces in a different light as the sun was beginning to set over the lake.
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