Krabi (National Parks, Elephant riding + Rafting)
Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
51Trip End Dec 02, 2010
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Where I stayed
Green Tea Guesthouse (120B)
Some days later i went on another day trip to a natinal park called Khao Phanom Bencha. Public transport doesn't run here. Being a poor backpacker, i didn't fancy paying the 200B or 400B price tag for a motorcycle taxi or tuk-tuk ride respectively. It was also too far to walk. I was looking into hiring a motorbike for the day (only 150B) but another traveler i'd met up with who was staying at the same guesthouse as me, had already hired a scooter for the month. He was going on the same day trip to Phi Phi islands as i'd done last week. As he wouldn't be needing the bike that day, and it wasn't worth his while giving the bike back for a single day, only to hire it out again the following, he said i could use it as long as i replace the fuel i use
The national park, though a lovely place, wasn't quite what i was expecting. I assumed i'd have a nice trail to walk around at my leisure. Nope! it was a hard slog through rainforest terrain and the trail was more of a beaten track with steep climbs and sometime multiple routes with no signs (in Thai or English) telling you which way to go. Those 1237 steps at Tiger cave temple last week were nothing in comparison to this. About half way round one of the trails, the path forked. Wanting to make the most of this trip, once i'd finished, i decided to walk round a second time, to take the other path so as to explore as much as i could. The park is home to a waterfall (Huay To falls) which is an 11 tiered waterfall complete with great scenery and views. I had a little swim in the pools at each of the reachable tiers. Having seen the main waterfall and walked all routes of the nature trail i made plans to make my way home. Upon doing so, i noticed another 2 signs at the other end of the park. One lead to a view point and the other to a second waterfall. I met a thai guy from Phuket at this point, so we followed the trail to the viewpoint together and it nearly killed us both
On my way to the park in the morning, i noticed signs for two other points of interest in the form of caves. I decided if i had enough time when returning, i'd take the small detour and visit them. As it happens, i did have time. One cave was called Tham Pheung, but im not sure what the other one was called. While i don't think these caves would attract the crowds, they were well worth a look with their stalacites and stalagmites, especially for someone like myself who hasn't seen many caves.
It was a great, but tiring day out. I think another hot oil massage in due later.