Time for the second to last installment of my Thailand series. We’ve been to Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and Phuket on the blog before so it’s time for the two last destinations in this beautiful country. Up to the mighty jungle of Khao Sok and the paradise island life in Koh Samui!
Khao Sok and Koh Samui itinerary
So we arrived in our camp around noon. We stayed at the Elephant Hills camp, which I can definitely recommend. We had luxurious and spacious tents with everything you need for a two day stay. The scenery was very stunning and there was a relaxing pool as well. The restaurant was also good. I loved the food and we had everything we needed. In the afternoon we had our first activity of the program. We went kayaking around the Khao Sok jungle. We were in plastic little boats and had our own guide who spotted some animals for us. We saw two snakes and a frog! It was very cool to see the animals in the wild.
Cooking our own delicious curry
The nature and and the special cliffs we saw are so rough and stunning to look at. It left us speechless! Next we went to the Elephant Hills Elephant sanctuary. Our place had it’s own sanctuary with approximately 12 elephants. I wasn’t really keen on visiting one at first because sanctuaries are sometimes seen as the new elephant riding, which is absolutely sickening. We had to witness it a few times in Phuket and I was so angry afterwards. So it didn’t feel really good going to a sanctuary as well but we had to because we were in a group program for this part of our trip. The elephants we saw were in a very big, spacious camp with lots of place for them to live. There was lots of nature and play things for them, as well as a pool for them. I was happy that they didn’t allow us to swim with the animals, because that is just not right. They were all of age, and were rescued from the logging or riding industry, which was definitely noticeable in the animals.
The only thing we did was cut up their food and afterwards giving it to them, which felt okay for me. We also went to a museum where we learned about the history of the elephants in Thailand. Since we stayed at a camp in the middle of the jungle, there wasn’t much to do at night. That doesn’t bother us because we usually go to our room after dinner to relax a bit. But the camp offered us a cooking class! We learned how to make a delicious Thai curry. I think that was so fun to learn and see how they cook their delicious food, because I am a big fan of curries. After dinner there was a dancing show from a local school. They did some traditional dances, which was great to see.
Canoeing in the national park
On our next day we were a full day away to the Khao Sok National park. We visited the Cheow Lan lake, which is known as the Thai Halong Bay. It was indeed very stunning. We got some panoramic views and afterwards we went on a longtail boat to explore the big lake some more. We arrived at our lunch venue, which was on the lake. We had lunch with an amazing view. In the afternoon we went canoeing on our own around all the beautiful cliffs. The silence was so calming and relaxing. The only sounds we heard was from some animals hidden in the forest. What a great experience.
The final day in Khao Sok was one to remember. We went for a very adventurous hike through the jungle. We hiked through the water, mud and climbed up the rocks. It was quite the journey, but so worth it. We learned so much about the jungle and explored it a little bit more. At noon, we had lunch, cooked for us in the middle of the jungle. How cool is that! We helped our guide cooking the meal and learned more about the Thai food.
In the afternoon we went to our last stop: the beautiful island Samui! We went by ferry from Surat Thani. We had the most pretty sunset on the boat.
Kayaking at sea
We stayed in the Zazen Boutique hotel. What a beautiful hotel! The whole domain was outstanding. It was a little paradise in itself. Our room was big and we also had an outside bathroom, which is cool but not that practical bug-wise. We had lots of bugs in our bathroom and some gekko’s. The interior in our hotel was stunning and clean. On our first full day there we went to Bophut, the fisherman village. We walked there by the beach and looked in the little stores and markets over there. We also had lunch. In the afternoon we enjoyed the sun by the beach.
The next day we had a full day trip to the Angthong Marine Park. What a cool day! We were on the boat for two hours but this was a great opportunity for me to get a tan. When we arrived at the first island in the marine park, we went up to a view point. This was killing us, because of the heat and the 600 steps. But we saw some monkeys on our way there, which was fun. I felt so good when we arrived there. I thought we weren’t going to make it to the top, and that we would stay at a lower level. But we continued and went on the the highest point. This was very fulfilling. And the view was worth the climb. Check out how beautiful and surreal the marine park looks. Afterwards we went for a dive in the sea. We had lunch on the boat and then we went kayaking at sea.
Relaxing and shopping
We were kayaking through some beautiful caves and saw some beautiful, remote beaches. Afterwards we made a stop to see the beautiful blue lake and went for a dive in the ocean. What a beautiful day!
On our last full day in Thailand we did some shopping and kept things relaxed. What a great time we had in Thailand. What a beautiful, versatile country. We had an amazing two weeks here, and we only scratched the surface of what beautiful things the country has to offer. It was another great trip, of many great trips to come!
Stay tuned for my last blogpost about Thailand: some tips and tricks and a few practical informations.