Hello everyone thankyou so much for emails and msgs on the board we love them and its so nice to hear what you are all up to!
Well this past week we have been in Khao Sok National Park, which is in Southern Thailand. It is the largest protected place for wildlife in Thailand and the rainforestÂ is 160 million years old, which makes it the oldest rainforest on earth!Khao Sok consists of thick native rainforest, waterfalls, majestic limestone cliffs and an island stubbed lake all of which we visited.Â It is by far our favourite destination so far and we had the most amazing time, mostly because the family which we stayed with were amazingly kind and welcomed us into their home! Tawee the father and Bob his friend (you can see them in the pictures) were funny, interesting and taught us so much about the rainforest here. It is a beautiful place and we have trekked to 5 different waterfalls, through the jungle and through a cave! Basically think of Lost, its pretty much the same! A group of communistic students that failed to make the changes they wanted in the community regarding the protection of the wildlifeÂ ended up being outlaws in the 1970`s and they stayed in the cave for 10 years to avoid the army, which was looking for them so it was a pretty interesting cave! It was a challenging experience, mainly because you had to swim through pitch black strong riversIndiana Jones style, swinging from ropesÂ to get out the other side! This was on a two day trek with an overnight stay in a traditional thai floating rafthouse where we also did kayaking around the lake, night safari, jungle trek and monkey spotting! There were huge groups of wild monkeys and we got up at 6am and went on the longtailboat to watch them eat breakfast and shower in the lake! Woke up in the morning to the sound of hooting gibbons and croaking frogs! we did a trek ourselves on the third day and saw two snakes, a pit viper and a cobra... and we didnt run away we stayed to look they were awesome! we also went tubing where you sit in a tractor innertube and float down the lake it was lovely and there were loads more wild monkeys in the trees that lined the river. We swung and jumped from ropes into the river which was great because it was so hot!
Â The other highlight of the trip had to be the people. Tawee, his wife (who was abrilliant cook) and his little girls were the nicest family you could hope to meet. so genuine and every night we sat around a fire in his garden drinking Thai whisky and eating bbq from the fire. Bob the thai rasta was a true legend and his job was mainly to make sure eveybody had a good time! ontstantly smiling and answered every question with `why not`and `have a good time, friendly freedom`. He says he is going to open a bar in khao sok `take it easy bar`!Â Met some really cool people too who we are meeting up with in Laos next month! Tawee has made us a serious offer to teach at the school for 6 months, he will build us a house from bamboo next to his!! We are seriously considering this but have to do our travelling first!!!