White Water Rafting And Waterfalls

I made it!

For years I've wanted to go white water rafting and whilst looking at information on the web for Phuket, I found that it was possible to do it from here. Even though it's supposed to be dry season here, after all the recent rain I thought it might be a possibility to do it, so I found somewhere selling various other tickets and trips and enquired about it. They had a leaflet of a company that did it, so I booked on to it and today was the day!!

It was a 7am pick up and I left John snoring away in bed and boarded the minibus. I turned out to be the only person today using this particular company, so I had the minibus to myself, which was ace. There was the driver, Dung, the tour leader, Annie and me. Annie said that really we were too early to go straight to the white water rafting and asked if I would like to join her and Dung for some breakfast. I hadn't eaten as it was too early before I left, so I jumped at the chance.

Paula vs Bike

Ice Cream Man

The last few days have been torrential rain and some parts of southern Thailand suffered greatly due to this unexpected weather. Here on Phuket, whilst it rained extremely heavily, fortunately it didn't present many problems, apart from trying to find something to do in rain so hard that you were soaked to the skin after a few seconds outside in it.

We drove around the island in the car stopping off at various places, we drove along the north east coast, around some of the Khao Prao Thaeo national park and around some of the less desirable big holiday resorts, the very worst of which was Patong. It depends what you want from a holiday I guess and if you want a mini England where everyone speaks English, every other unit is a fast food joint and you want to watch old sweaty western men grabbing with glee at young beautiful Thai women, or more young girls I would say, then this is the place for you. For me and John though, we both disliked it intensely and I'll never ever get used to seeing the total disregard these ogres have for these young girls as they sit disinterested swilling back their beer, with this young tender life at their mercy and jumping to their every want. It sickens me.

Detours And More Muddy Tracks

Picking Our Way Through The Wood

We hadn't planned on reaching Phuket yesterday, it just ended up that way. Originally we were going to stop overnight around half way down, but we just seemed to drive on and on through the pouring rain. It's not supposed to be the wet season here in Thailand right now, but certainly down in the south, it hasn't really stopped since we got here, apart from the night we went to the rock festival.

It was quite a journey from Prachuap Khiri Khan, we set out in the morning and reached the northern tip of Phuket around 7pm at night. We found our way across to Nai Thon on the north west coast and checked into a room for the night. The journey down was quite eventful due to the rain sweeping parts of the road away, which led to a few detours for us. The first one took us through Namtok Ngao national park, which was stunningly beautiful, lush green forests, mountains and due to the heavy rain, gushing rivers, which were rusty brown from the soil and contrasted aesthetically with the green of the trees and mountains and the white of the mist and clouds that hung low in the air from the rain.

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