Escaping to the Countryside
Today we finally took a break from our sink-pouring, brick-laying, trench-digging routine to escape to the Thai countryside. We started our three-hour journey to Erawan National Park at seven this morning and, upon arrival, we were all very eager to get out and move for the journey ahead. We set forth after a quick picture and began our adventure!
While our trail through the beautiful Thai forest started on relatively smooth ground, we quickly reached our first obstacle: stairs. These weren’t just normal stairs however, some of the steps were at least two feet vertically apart and we seemed to climb for an eternity until we reached the top. This was just the beginning. After conquering the stairs, we were met with an increasingly wild and overgrown trail, filled with slippery slopes and narrow pathways. Despite some slipping and sliding, we all survived unscathed to reach the top of the slope, where the final waterfall on the trial laid.
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At the top of the trail (if you could really call our beaten path a trail) we were greeted with a serene waterfall and small reservoir fit for swimming. Drenched in sweat and surely starting to smell, many of us took the opportunity to go for a little swim. We were not alone in the pools however, little fish inhabited this area and, if you stood still, would quickly go to work eating any dead skin off of your body (feet mainly). While uncomfortable, especially to those with ticklish feet, we braved the fish and enjoyed our day atop the mountain in the cool, sapphire blue water.
While difficult and treacherous, we survived our journey back down the mountain and began our quest for food after a brief ice cream stop. With the slow rumble of our van and the wonderful air conditioning, our exhaustion quickly took the better of us and we passed out on the drive. Approximately an hour later, we had arrived at our destination.
Dinner on the Water
Descending from the confines of our van, we began exploring the markets by the river Kwai. Window shopping mostly, our stomachs had collectively decided that food was a wise option. Khem took us to a nice restaurant that branched out onto the river Kwai. Armed with bags of fish food, we eagerly anticipated the arrival of our food with the distraction of the ravenous fish below us. When the food arrived, the table fell momentarily silent as we dug into our food. A personal favorite of mine was the garlic bread, a reminder of home and a welcome addition to our mainly rice-based diet.
After dinner, we promptly traveled home as the shops had since closed. Quickly meeting and going along our separate ways, we prepared for bed and waited for our next big work day to arrive.
Best wishes from Thailand!