A Whole New World
Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
148Trip End May 30, 2013
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Khao Sok is Thailand's 1st protected reserve. Part of the oldest rainforest in the world, full of lizards, monkeys, snakes and tigers are said to live here. There is an area to the east that was flooded for a dam and looks incredible from the maps. I've been told it's Thailand's Guilin and I can't wait to see it!
The next morning the giant karsks were playing peek-a-boo in and out of the morning mist. One moment you'd see a faded craig and then it would be gone, but another higher up would pop out. It only functioned to build anticipation for what was coming beyond the horizon at Chew Lam Lake. No longer used for hydro electrics, instead all that's left is an other-worldy landscape. Some kind of cross between jurassic park and avatar. Soon we were surrounded by sheer
When we disembarked from the boat to start the hike, we could hear a gibbon in a far off tree serenading us – like some sort of good omen for the hike. The haunting sounds added a sense of serenity to our walk.
Into the dense jungle and farther from the gibbon's cry, we couldn't even see the mountain we were circling. Back and forth across the river we would follow all afternoon, we finally came to the cave the river was entering into. Now I didn't think it would be possible to tip hiking up a waterfall. But hiking down a river with waterfalls whilst IN a cave did! For almost a kilometre and a hour in the pitch dark we walked. Past the spiders and bats and through all kinds of conditions. At one point, we needed to crab walk through a cravasse which was too narrow at
Ah! Another reason to love travelling in Thailand! No safety restrictions. No waivers. No health assessments. No nothing – just go! Interesting how the print-ups say there 'may be some swimming inside the cave' and nothing else. And the stories of people who have died in that cave are only told AFTER finishing...
The lake had another treat for us as a reward for our accomplishments. With the sun setting the mountains put on fresh faces in the different light for us to gaze at.
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