Person who lived in Phuket for a while told us that he visited
and found it magical. From the drive to the park to running into wild elephants to the stay in tree houses they said that the place was just captivating. Khao Sok National Park
The elephants sold me.
We really needed a break after all the stresses of engine reconstruction so we planed a short car trip to the park after which we were to move back to the boat. Well we seem to have an absolute knack for choosing a rainy weather even in the middle of the hottest time. We have done it a few times now and it is almost expected that when we go away it absolutely pours with rain in Phuket. This time was spot on too. Our drive to Khao Sok was bucketing wet.
We could hardly see the road at times not to mention elephants.
|The sky just opened and with constant and continuous heavy rain|
|This is what palm "flower" and palm oil is made from it|
|The splendid banana flower that was just outside our outside bathroom|
with water as cold as the rain.
The little bananas were the size of the little finger of your hand
Which makes the flower quite enormous in comparison.
Khao Sok is part of the oldest rainforest in the world where snakes monkeys tigers bears boars deer gaurs tapirs reside besides the smaller animals.180 species of birds as well as worlds largest flower Rafflesia kerrii. It’s flowers can reach 80cm in diameter Finding our tree house accommodation for the night was not the easiest of tasks. We drove trough potholes and strange little roads and finally got to the end of the road where a wild and raging river met with maybe 600 meters rock.
|This one is for Domenique!|
|This is one of the 180 species of birds.|
No idea which one. He just arrived as we were having breakfast
and had his very swiftly sucking the nectar from the flowers.
|The tree house accommodation.|
This was the bridal suite...we would have to say"Good luck with the marriage"
|And it continued to rain...on and on and on.....|
As soon as the sky turned darker in the evening the sounds started to build up and the night life in the jungle started. It was so incredibly loud that it was almost impossible to sleep. Magical of sorts! We have never been in a jungle so alive.
The rain stopped for maybe 2-3 hours in 3 days and we took this time to drive to stunning
that was created by an enormous shale clay dam called Ratchaprapha Chiaw Lan Lake
|On the way to the lake - a typical Thai life scene|
with kids returning from schools - any which way!
|We have seen some working elephants on the way and not the wild one|