Nearly 300 years ago, the Burmese united a force ten different armies to attack Thailand from all sides. A wealthy merchant living in the nearby port town, Takua Pa, heard rumors of an imminent attack from his shipping contacts who reported seeing Burmese ships sailing toward the port.
We left at about 3pm on a rainy day. I’ve always thought the best way to spend a rainy day in the jungle is to get in the water: this way you don’t mind getting wet along the hike because you’re going to get wet anyway! Here’s how you get there:
Khao Sok Homestay
Khao Sok National Park exudes a sort of uncommon beauty that attracts travelers year-round from all over the planet. With massive karsts and serene rivers, unspoiled rain forest and the unique wildlife within, Khao Sok provides unforgettable outdoor experiences in hiking, canoeing, and camping while still offering a space to slow down, relax, and breathe. After all, that is why you are staying at Our Jungle House – to have fun, to connect with nature, and to do so in a responsible way that ensures this land’s survival in the future.
Khao Sok’s relevant geologic history begins approximately 345 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period. At this time, the Shan Thai craton (a craton is an extremely old chunk of land that has been relatively stable) was actively eroding. Ancient mountains of the craton’s interior were slowly transferring their mass, via rivers carrying off gravels, sands, silts and mud, onto the continental shelf of the craton. This was similar to the modern day process of major river deltas (like the Mississippi or the Nile) extending out into the sea from the land. The sediments would accumulate on the edge of the shelf, just above a deep ocean basin. Every so often, the sediment pile would catastrophically collapse into the basin, sometimes triggered by earthquakes, to form chaotic deposits known as turbidites.
With a few minutes of preparation, headlamps, and water, we are ready to explore the night. Stepping out into the dark road, with Orion shinning brightly above us, we head out with hopes of a good hunt.
Khai and Mi are our two guides. Some initial small talk gets us a little background of our two experienced local guides. Khai, whose English isn’t too strong, still does a good job of explaining that he is 60 years old and comes from a small town nearby.