Having spent the last first couple of months settling back into the routines of teaching, what better way to take a well-deserved break than a weekend away in Khao Sok. This national park is by far one of my favourite places in Asia and is one of the most beautiful reserves in Thailand. It’s covered by heaps of evergreen rainforest, huge limestone mountains, peaceful lakes, exciting caves, wildlife and tranquility.
Heading down after school on Friday allowed us to arrive in good time and enjoy our evening out in the jungle. We spent the first evening in jungle huts and took a boat across the lake the following morning to the lake house. Smiley lake house has expanded since my previous visit last February, with approximately 22 bungalows total, the bungalows stretch a long way across looking out onto a breathtaking view of the lake. Despite the weather and the heavy downpours of rain, the kayaks, rainbows, and storms made for a wonderful cool day. After some really delicious Thai food and a few cold ones in the evening, we initiated a bit of friendly competition by playing card games and a few rounds of beer pong.
Due to the heavy downpour that continued through the night, the cave trek was called off the next day, which actually worked in my favour being my second visit there. Instead we took a long tail boat to explore a waterfall. Waterfalls are notoriously slippery but this one was unusual. The waterfall was made of ‘sticky’ limestone rocks with minimal algae leaving a canvas to climb. The gushing water comes down and you go up. Trekking up through a waterfall surrounded by evergreen and rainforest in the rain was heaps of fun and definitely worth the visit.
The tranquility and beauty that comes with taking a trip to Khao Sok is almost unbeatable in my eyes. It is honestly one of my most memorable trips in Thailand. I hope to return and spend more time than a just a couple of days there on my next visit. Thanks Smiley!