Jungle Adventures

Trip Start Nov 19, 2005
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Trip End Feb 10, 2006


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Thursday, January 5, 2006

We are currently killing time in an internet place in Bangkok having arrived on an overnight bus (all trains full) which we were told took about 12 hours and ended up taking only 8 and a half- a mixed blessing as it meant turning up at 4.30am! But here on Khao San road something is always open.

The last 3 days have been spent in the jungle in Khao Sok, and really in the jungle; the first night we stayed in a treehouse (the tree was like a pillar in the middle of the room) surrounded by all sorts of jungly noises and things- which we thought were monkeys- scrabbling around on our roof. Saw a monkey from our window in the morning, and various other creatures around the grounds including very small srtipy squirrels and a very big frog. Interestinglyenough on our treks into the national park we saw no animals at all- unless you count spiders or leeches- but did some interesting activities. Went on an elephant trek which was fun and yesterday (which kind of still feels like today becasue of spending night on bus) went tubing- basically just very slowly floating down the river on an inflated inner tube.

Most adventurous though was our jungle trek. We were told beforehand it was 18km long and were slightly worried about making the distance in the heat but in the end the length ofthe trek was irrelevant- we were clambering down rocks and easi g ourselves along on a rope and wading theough the river- quite a tough challenge (especially for short legged people) but quite exciting, and a real sense of acheivement to reach the bottom of the waterfall, which was our goal. On the way saw the famous Raffelesia flower- biggest in Thailand or the world- depending on who you speak to- a bizarre looking thing which blooms for only 2- 5 days every few years.

The only downer of our time there was discovering that all the trains to bangkok were full for days - not even seats available. Not fancying standing for 12 hours we opted for the bus journey - which is why we're here waiting for our hotel to open.
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