We went looking for one of the biggest flowers in the world, and had to stop to look at the view in Khao Sok National Park.
We kept walking, and walking, and walking, thinking we might’ve missed the ladder into the jungle but found it in the end!
And so after a long and sweaty trek in the jungle we finally found it! Here it is, one of the biggest flowers in the world!
It should supposedly smell like corpses but it didn’t really smell like much when we found it.
Then we went on an overnight trip into an artificial lake in Khao Sok.
And slept in these floating bungalows, they were a bit haphazardly put together but they worked!
Madelen was very happy about reaching our new home for the night!
The views were quite amazing, this one from our night safari when we went out looking for the local wildlife.
And it got gloomy pretty quickly as well, it takes a few minutes from the sun sets until it’s completely dark.
Yet another photo, this is of the mountain from two pictures back but in the morning instead of evening. Since the sun hadn’t completely risen yet the clouds still hung around.
So we got to look at the bushes and trees and whatnot that grow in the jungle.
And then as the sun was coming up behind the very same mountain as previously the clouds slowly started to scatter.
By the time we set out on our way halfway back the clouds had nearly all vanished.
But they stuck around here and there.
Until some time later, when the sun really started to hit us and the clouds didn’t manage to stay around any longer.
I took a few photos of random scenery, here’s a pretty nice photo of one of the cliffsides under which we road our boat.
Plus a big ass spider in the middle of our trek. This picture is a bit decieving, it’s bigger than it looks!
Took a photo through the jungle out into the lake when trekking to a cave.
And here we are descending into the cave, it was filled with spiders, bats, crickets and the occasional snake that lingered about.
But we survived! And are here heading out again. I do have to mention that the smell from caves are somewhat unsettling, in that the further in you go it almost feels like you’re going backwards in time.
Although this was our second cave, it was the least eventful. The first we had to swim through in places, rappel down a waterfall inside it and survive all the rocks and cliffs plus the creatures that lived inside.
A panoramic photo from the last stop before heading home from the national park.
And then we went to Ko Payam! Which is a tiny island off the coast of Khao Lak, close to Myanmar. It’s not very developed, there are only scooters allowed on the island and it has a very laidback and not-so-touristy feel to it.
A quick look at the “roads”, there weren’t even made of asphalt. Just concrete.
Water was definitely needed here, it was bloody hot and humid and we spent all our time on the beach.
On which the crabs enjoyed lounging in the sand and come up and dig their own hole every time the tide went out. All the small pellets you can see come from the crabs going down, doing some digging and dragging it with them out.
And a panoramic photo of the beach we lounged on every day. It was massive, probably 3km across and there were hardly any people on it compared to elsewhere in Thailand.
So I spent most of my time laying on my back reading, and reading, and reading…
A look from where we chillaxed every day. It was awesome.