It’s a bit unbelievable to me, but I’ve now been living in Thung Song for 15 months. At face value, the town seems a bit dull. When I speak to old friends about my temporary home, the question always comes up: “So what is there to… do in your town?” And yeah… we don’t have a cinema. Or a bowling alley. Or even a proper mall (sorry, Sahathai…). Allegedly there’s a driving range somewhere, but we’ve yet to pay it a visit.
We don’t have any of those things, it’s true. But what we do have are waterfalls. If you’ve been with me for awhile I know this isn’t news to you: I’ve already blogged about Klong Chang waterfall, Yong waterfall (our resident national park!), and Plio waterfall over the course of my time here. But we have a whole slew of new friends in town, and the weather’s been great, so the past two Sundays have been designated waterfall days.
First up, another visit to Plio:
This past Sunday saw a few of us taking another jaunt to Klong Chang. This one is about 30 minutes away by motorbike, but getting there is half the fun, especially on a blue-skied sunny day like we had. The palms, rubber trees, and stretches of grass are just the most amazing shades of green, and Klong Chang mountain soars up majestically on the periphery for the majority of the journey. Of course, the other half of the fun is actually being at the waterfall, and making one’s way through the jungly paths to reach higher and higher points on the mountain, some with the most breathtaking of views. Not something you generally would think to be doing in a bikini, but how else are you meant to plunge into the roaring stream at a moment’s notice?
After we were all waterfall-ed out, we thought a beer and a meal at the Khao Men Viewpoint Resort was just the ticket. We were… almost right.
And… as I’m writing I’m actually on Koh Tao (again!), and though I’m much enjoying overhearing Collette and Wayne’s charismatic instructor brief them on EFR, the sun has just come out and I’m going for a swim!