From Bangkok I flew to Phuket and since I arrived a little late in the afternoon I decided to stay the night there. I didn’t make any photos as it is just another party place with a crowded beach and all activities catered toward tourists.
The next day though I was on a minibus to Khao Sok National Park which was about to be the highlight of my journey so far! The national park is a very branching lake encompassing many islands and limestone mountains that made me feel a bit like being at baby Pandora (from the movie Avatar).
I stayed at Monkey Mansion Bungalows, a rather basic Hostel next to a road but it also felt like in the middle of the jungle. It was only basic when looking at the facilities but the quality of the stay was really exceptional because of the staff. The food was delicious, Bastian, a German host and traveller himself was super helpful in finding the right tour for me and answered a lot my questions. In the end he booked me on a overnight trip to floating bungalows in the middle of the national park – AMAZING! The rest of the staff was very eager to make every traveller feel welcome and comfortable.
The tour group consisted of 17 people from all corners in Europe and I got along very well with 3 of them, David from England, Nataja and Sidi from the Netherlands.
We had a diverse program on the tour, animal watching, hiking up a mountain to a lookout point, kayaking, swimming in the beautiful green mineral lake that was so warm, it was better than any shower! Then there was the scenery… breathtaking!
The got late and sunset was happening when we were still on the boat so it was not so easy getting a nice sunset shot but everyone who knows me knows, I am still going to try 😉
The next morning presented itself with a very nice sunrise at 6:30am
We also visited a cave but it was very dark so the photos didn’t really turn out to be great. The only one I can show is this one.
The second day ended with a highlight of its own, the tree brothers of Khao Sok. A famous landmark you can see in every tourist brochure.
I really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone. It really is a special place.