Vajiralongkorn Dam

Pilok, Kanchanaburi – Before the Fall

Pilok is a remote little town up in the hills (mountains) of Kanchanaburi Province in northwestern Thailand. This tiny town is a great place to experience the natural beauty of the lush forests of the Tenasserim Hills that form the natural border with Burma. Getting to Pilok takes a bit of effort as the road is small, overgrown, windy, and riddled with giant potholes. The Thailand Tourism Bureau recommends a four wheel drive vehicle to get here. The way to Pilok is full of natural vistas and once in Pilok you can walk around the village, see the small temple, ...

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Pilok & My Dislocated Shoulder Adventure

After the accident

I have never been terribly worried about getting hurt while traveling, but it has always been in the back of my mind. Fortunately, nothing serious has happened to me… yet. I came close a few of months ago though when visiting Pilok. Pilok is a small—and I mean really small—remote town up in the hills (mountains as the Thai would say) of Kanchanaburi province. It is just a stone’s throw from Burma. So, when I tell you Pilok is remote, I really mean it. This little town is two hours from a main road. By main road, I am talking ...

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Emerald Cave, Koh Mook

The inside, after a short swim through the cave

One of the little day trips we did on Koh Mook was to go to the Emerald Cave. During low tide, the cave leads into an open cavern. There were not a lot of tourists, to we needed to arrange our own boat. This cost 800 baht (about $26) which was a little expensive, but the skipper was really nice and fun. We had to time our visit for the tide, so we went in the late afternoon which worked out well. The entrance to the cave is not exactly obvious. In fact, I only noticed it when we slowed ...

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Koh Mook

Koh Mook low tide

Koh Mook was never at the tip of my list for islands to visit, but I am so glad that I decided to go. The island was laid back and very easy going. There were very few foreign tourists, and we did meet a nice Thai tourist. We went during low season when most people don’t visit because of the rain. While it did rain, we mostly had sunshine. The little secret about Thailand is that the rainy is inexpensive, and it typically only rains for a short time and then the sun is back out. Koh Mook is in ...

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Phraya Nakhon Cave

Phraya Nakhon Cave

Phraya Nakhon Cave is a beautiful temple located in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, one of my favorite province names (it means right time for the mountains). The slogan of the province is City of pure gold, delectable coconuts and pineapples, delightful beaches, mountain and caves, land of spiritual beauty. It is all those things and more. Most people are either driving through this slender province to head south to Thailand’s famous beaches or north back up to Bangkok. They miss this wonderful province and all it has to offer. Phraya Nakhon Cave is part of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park ...

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