Koh Sok national park
Trip Start Feb 04, 2005
21Trip End ??? ??, 2006
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Following directions given to me by Lincoln I hop on to the public bus to Koh Sok national park. Travelling by public bus is great there is often very few westerners on them and they are very cheap
I spend a couple of days exploring the national park, not quite the same as national parks we have in the UK. After about a kilometre of concrete road through the jungle the paths deteriorate to winding paths under the cool canapy directly into the jungle. Its a great way to get awy from the heat under the canopy but the humidity mean you are instantly soaked with sweat. Several of the tracks through Koh Sok end at a waterfall so generally the plan is to get there as fast as I can and then throw myslef into the cooling waters before trekking back agin. However on the first hike things don't go quite to plan. Wandering through the jungle through a beautiful valley on a precarious trail with troops of monkeys crossing overhead suddenly I hear a rumble of thunder
Its great being out in the park it is so incredibly beautiful and so unlike anything I am used to. It feels really good to be doing something active and constructive for once I am seeing a part of thailand that has not suffered as much from the impact of tourism. Mel arrives after a distasterous journey from Bangkok (stuck on a broken down bus for five hours) Its great to see a familiar face and after a couple more treks to the waterfalls we arrange a boat trip to the Lake.
The national Park includes a huge lake created when a dam was put in in the early nineties. The trip we went on includes caving, trekking and accomodation on floating bungalows. There are four other people who coma long with us two Danish Guys Paul and Marnix and a couple from the UK Ian and Tamsin. We get to the bungalows by long tail boat across the lake just in time for lunch they are basic and damp but the setting could not be more beautiful
Up at 7:30 in the morning (which is early but I dont mind as the gibbons have been calling in the jungle since about five) for a boat safari to make up for the one that we missed the night before. We see loads of monkeys and incredibly vibrant kingfisher unfortunately the only sign of the gibbons are the calls that echo around the cliffs.