In my previous post, I had described my trip to Bangkok. After a good long drive from Bangkok, and a stop-over at the floating market, we entered an isolated area called Kanchanaburi. Here are my highlights from the last area I visited in Thailand.
Instead of malls and kiosks, there were farms and jungles. Our hotel, River Kwai Village hotel, was one of the best resorts in that area. The hotel itself was a whole other destination to tour. As we walked towards the other side of the Lobby, there was a pathway above shallow waters in which frogs and fishes were seen. There were standard rooms on either side of the pathway, but we continued to a bridge which connected the actual hotel and the floating rooms. There wasn’t much after we crossed the bridge except a line of rooms on one side and a platform to register for water activities on the other side.
Our room had an antique look to it. There was a balcony from where there was a clear view of the lake and the forest on the other side. The only downside of the room was the number of insects. There were red ants on the ceiling which kept falling onto our bed. Moreover, Lizards were seen in every corner. We even had to keep the balcony door and windows shut for personal safety. Nonetheless, these minor setbacks were nothing compared to the beautiful view.
The other attractions in the hotel included bird aviary, a pool along with slides and a waterfall site.
The following day we went to Erawan National park, one of the most famous national parks in Thailand. The waterfall in this park known as Erawan falls is of seven levels and the top hill, the seventh level, is set to resemble an elephant’s head. It is impossible to go all the way up when you’re travelling with a big family and many kids including a set of two years old twins (my sisters of course). Even so, we did manage to climb countless stairs and managed to reach the fourth level. If you’re looking to swim in the waterfall or just sit on the rocks to enjoy the scenery, then the fourth level is perfect for you. Moreover, I ended up getting the best pedicure. A number of tiny fishes rushed over to my side and started to nibble on my feet. Not to worry, it’s safe. These fishes nibble on the dead skin from the person’s feet. If you’re not into that, then you can always go for a good swim to beat the summer heat.
After an eventful morning spent at the Erawan national park, we headed back to our hotel for a quick break. Soon after, we went to a platform to register for cave tourism. The raft was provided from the hotel itself. Getting on that boat was tricky and extremely dangerous.
As soon as we reached the shore, we were immediately greeted by wild dogs. The forest was not tourist friendly, but it was almost evening, so I’m assuming we were pretty dumb not to call it a day after the waterfalls. It felt like I was in an amazon forest in a territory I didn’t belong in.
At last, we had arrived in front of the Lawa cave. You would expect benches and a proper line for tourists and lights all over the area, but it was the complete opposite. There was a small opening between the rocks, and that was the opening of the Lawa cave. Outside there was a map of the cave which showed the narrow passages which resulted in me skipping the tour because of claustrophobia.
According to my parents, the lights inside the cave were even dimmer than the light on a candle as it was pitch black inside. There were rattle snakes on the walls and countless bats on the top. There were many chambers within the cave, so it is quite easy to get lost. Main attractions within the cave included a deep chamber filled with bats, statues of Buddha and rock which had shaped out to be a mouth of a crocodile due to weathering.
The next day we had said our good-byes to this amazing destination and had headed back towards the airport. I recommend visiting Kanchanaburi to get an insight into Thai culture and its natural flora and fauna.
That’s all about my trip to Thailand. Thank you for taking the time to read, ciao.