Temples at the exit of Khao Kop cave

Tham Le Khao Kob (Khao Kob Cave)

I have a thing for caves. I think they are super cool and one of the most interesting formations on the planet. I would love to be able to go caving into some of the deepest, darkest caves in the world. Alas, that is just not something I will be able to do at my age, so I stick to the caves that tourists can visit. I have been lucky enough to go diving in cenotes in Mexico (perhaps one of the coolest things I have ever done) and even visit the massive caves in Borneo. However, this experience has ...

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Peninsular Botanic Garden (Thung Khai), Trang

Uh, okay, I feel safe now

If you are interested in nature, this is your place. The Peninsular Botanic Garden (Thung Khai) is loaded with trees, flowers, plants, animals, and creepy crawlies. The garden is rather large and features a botanical garden, a herbal garden, a botanical library, a plant museum, and a canopy walkway The walkway is 175 meters long. You start out walking into lowland jungle (getting your little warning sign along the way) and eventually reach the canopy walkway. The walkways has three levels of height (10, 15 and 18 meters) and five walkways. Trang is off the beaten tourist path in Thailand, ...

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Pilok, Kanchanaburi – Before the Fall

Vajiralongkorn Dam

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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