A Travellerspoint blog

September 2011

Frog in the bathroom

Getting close to nature in Khao Sok National Park

rain 28 °C
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Despite being a fairly short distance, the journey from Koh Phi Phi to Khao Sok seemed to take most of the day. We arrived at the National Park and found a hut to stay where imposing limestone cliffs towered over us. There was just time to have a swim in the river before the heavens opened – this was the rainforest, so we couldn’t claim to be surprised.

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We were luckier with the weather the next day, when we went on a trip to the Chiaw Lan Lake. Buzzing across the water past the huge cliffs and peaks made us feel like extras in Jurassic Park.

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After an hour of spectacular scenery on the boat trip, we reached a floating restaurant and some accommodation on the other side of the lake. We were going to visit a cave, and so walked for around an hour through the jungle to reach it, wading across rivers and walking up streams on the way.

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Neither of us are good in small spaces, and Clare was particularly apprehensive about the cave trip, but had been assured by Tom that it was a really big cave. So it came as a surprise when we reached a hole in a rock only a few feet wide (with a stream flowing out of it) and were told that we had arrived. Crouching down to enter the pitch black cavern and icy water, we tried to ignore any feelings of claustrophobia.

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Once inside, the cave opened out and we were able to enjoy the stalactites and rock formations that sparkled in the light of our head torches. It was still fun even when we were up to our necks in the chilly water.

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The walk back was a little surreal, as we trekked through the jungle in just our swimwear. Once again we avoided the leeches, but others in our group weren’t so lucky.

Back at our jungle hut, we had a relaxed evening and were amused to find ourselves sharing our bedroom with geckos and the bathroom with a frog.

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Posted by ClareAndTom 08:19 Archived in Thailand Comments (5)

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