There seems to be a lot of waterfalls and natural wonders doting the Thai countryside.
On the secondary roads, there are always signs pointing to some alleged natural wonder so many kilometers off the paved road.
I always want to pull off, shift in 4WD and head down the dirt tracks and see what is actually there but I rarely do. In a hurry to get to a destination or more likely it’s just to damn hot to exit a nice air conditioned car and take a hike through the mosquito infested jungle to get a look at some rocks and water.
This time my friend insisted we take a look. She’d actually been to this waterfall before and waxed eloquently about it’s unique beauty. 555
What always amazes and delights me about Thailand’s national parks is how few rules and regulations there are.
The waterfall was set a few hundred meters back from the road and required a bit of a hike up the hill to reach the top. Hiking to the top felt like you were in an Indiana Jones movie where natives with bones through their noses and blowguns were about to hop out of the underbrush and take us back to the village, cook us up in a big pot of boiling water and serve us for dinner.
There were steps to make the climb easier and once you started up the mountain, you were alone and isolated from the outside world.
These rocks were slick and covered and the footing was treacherous in spots.
In the U.S., it would be a lawsuit waiting to happen.
In Thailand, it means you have to take care of yourself and if your do something foolish, get unlucky and find yourself deep in the shit — tough luck.
It was hot day and there was nothing to prevent anyone from stripping down and jumping in the cool water —behavior that would get you kicked out of most locations in U.S. national parks.
Oops. My bad.
There were a couple of things that might prevent you from a little skinny dipping with your girlfriend — snakes, and the teeming miasma of fungus, amoeba, and parasitic worms and bacteria and rhino viruses most likely living in the water.
No skinny dipping with a naked hot Thai girl took place. 🙁