The jungle is even more beautiful than I expected, and I got the ultimate experience touring it by kayak. My sister lives here in Thailand, and I am very fortunate to be able to visit her for a couple of weeks. We went on an amazing kayak trip just the other day down the river and saw nature at its finest. Around every corner was some exotic wildlife: a king fisher, a black and yellow snake, huge frogs, butterflies, bright pink and purple fish with shining yellow eyes. We got to feed the fish, which was a fun experience for us and them as they splashed and thrashed for the yummy treats.
It was a nice surprise when we stopped along the journey for a coffee break. We were served sweet coffee from small bamboo cups that we kept as souvenirs from our trip down the river. As we drank, we skipped river rocks and appreciated the sights and sounds of nature all around us. I can’t help being a little jealous of our guides- they get to paddle down this river and soak up this beauty every day! I’m thankful to be able to share it with them while I’m here.
Just around the corner was a large cave leading to a temple. The cave was cool and dark, a nice oasis from the hot sun bearing down on us from the boats. We paid our respects at the temple, and also took our chances with the fortune-telling sticks. I was intrigued by the many “offering machines,” where people make offerings to Buddha according to the day of the week on which they were born.
The towering limestone never ceases to amaze me, as I am currently studying geology in school. I love coming around a corner in the kayak and being face to face with an enormous outcrop of what was once thriving sea life. Now it hosts Mother Nature of a different kind, with a blanket of green trees atop the limestone. This experience in Khao Sok National Park has broadened my educational experience concerning geology, and hopefully will allow me to convince others to travel to this enchanting destination and experience the overwhelming beauty of Khao Sok for themselves!