Sunday, 3 August 2008

khok Sok

After Ko Phi Phi we caught a ferry to Krabi ((lets just say the journey was uncomforable due to a tiny bit of sunburn) - You should have seen James (lobster))
We met a nice Austrailian couple though on the ferry and shared a taxi with them and an evening meal and drinks. It was a nice change from talking to each other. The next day we went to a beautiful beach on a longtail boat but couldn't risk getting more sun on our burn so took it easy. Krabi is beautiful!

Khok Sok is a national park and Fay had given us indepth instruction to go there! She'd told us where to stay and what treks to do with which guides. So with what we thought we knew we tried to jump in a bus, but a man enquired where we were planning to stay. Looking at the information Fay had had armed us with i said 'Green Mountain View guest house'. I think they sensed the weakness and proceeded to tell me they weren't sure it exsisted and if it did it would surley be closed for the low season. 'Luckily' they knew somewhere 'cheap' and it was definately open, convenietly run by their cousin. Ah ha, I smell tuk tuks in Bangkok again and flately refused to entertain the idea at all (James is always incredibly polite and very english playing the game very well i'm always nervous that he is going to say yes, but afterwards he tells me he never was- it's a strange game but it works. We're like good cop/ bad cop only i'm not entirely sure it's nessary)

When we get there we shout at anyone that will listen we want to go to 'Green Mountain view' run by Tawee with a guide called Bob Marley and any other slightly ridiculous information I thought I'd grasped from Fay. I think at this point all the people thought we were deranged, but someone out there seemed to understand because we were hussled into a car and low and behold the drivers name was 'Tawee' and he drove us to Green Mountain View, which was just beautiful!

Raised huts with a deck with an inside a fan and a double bed under a massive Mossie net, the height of luxury to my eyes. We had lunch with Tawee cooked by his beautiful wife with their kids playing around with cats (pretending they were baby dolls and putting them in prams) and his dog lying under our chairs. It was lovely! We booked the trek and Tawee drove us around showing us the local area that he was so proud of. He took us to view points, waterfalls and some monkeys at a temple (all free of charge) and took photos of us together. Tawee is a great man!!

The trek started early in the morning. We went to a market and I bought some more hiking boots as my last ones had disappeared between Ko phi phi and Krabi. We met our guide 'Me' and the rest of the group- a couple from Switzerland and a couple from Belguim.

We travelled to the raft houses by Long tail and the scenery was amazing, just mountains popping out of the water all lush and green. The water was warm and clear and i had the feeling it was incredably deep. When we got to the floating houses we were told to have a relax and swim until the late afternoon. The water was fab although at first the thought of how deep it was did scare me (I mean when it is so clear and you still can't see the bottom i find it a little uncomfortable)

We went kakaying and enjoyed our water living. We went to visit a cave in the evening but it wasn't that great, but the one they normally show people around was close because TOO many people had die in it recently. We did a night trek back in the dark and saw a few animals but mostly birds.

We had tea and the lads bonded over football from three different nations and they were all discussing how great Leeds used to be. Ah times like these i sometimes feel i should take an interested in football as it is obviously an international language but alas i still have no interest i can't seem to force it.

The next day we trekked for a couple of hours it was a bit of a let down as the track was so wide and clear we didn't really feel like we were in the jungle. When we got back James and me went tubing which was fab as we floating down the river (Which was freezing compared to the Lake and Sea) with monkeys in the trees above our heads, rapids and rope swings along the way a definate highlight!

We got back to our homestead with a dog to watch us while we snoozed in our hammock life doesn't really get much better.
As always we have to move on. The next day was a mega travel day which i'll blog about later- The Tales of Ko Tao!

Love Jody

1 comment:

dad/chris said...

aah lovely images,@the time of ur blog 3/8/48 I was on filey beach,taken for a treat(birthday,60th})the sun shining/trying to fly kites etc:-with laura;russ,molly & evie,but little wind(not me!)+ griff(their pet)attempting to drink filey bay dry,salt water ? NOT GOOD FOR DOGS,hence the problem!any way, a fantastic but looooooong u both.dadXXXX