Koh Mook low tide

Koh Mook

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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Erawan National Park & Falls

Erawan National Park & Falls

Erawan National Park in Kanchanaburi province is most popular for the Erawan Falls, a series of waterfalls named after the erawan, the three-headed white elephant of Hindu mythology. The seven-tiered falls are said to resemble the erawan though I didn’t see it (perhaps my imagination is lacking). The park is very popular with Thai, though I did see quite a few foreigners. I did not jump into the waters since I had my camera equipment, but let me to. The park is located in the Tenasserim Hills. The key word being “hills.” The hike was mostly uphill across uneven ground, ...

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Rock Formations, Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Rock formations at Pa HIn Ngam

Rock formations are what Pa Hin Ngam are known for, and what the name actually means. While I definitely enjoyed the Siam tulip fields a lot more, these rock formations are really cool and interesting. Erosion has worn the rocks down into different and interesting shapes. A small path winds through the field of rocks so you can see each one. There are some quite stunning views. I did manage to get a little turned around even though you can see the exit, the path is not always easy to find. That made it a little more interesting. =) Sadly, ...

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Siam Tulips, Pa Hin Ngam National Park

Siam tulip fields, Pa Hin Ngam

Perhaps one of my favorite places in Thailand, Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum province is a truly wonderful place. The name mean Forest of Beautiful Stones. While there are really big and beautiful rock formations (an upcoming post), what I love about Pa Hin Ngam is the summer tulips, also known as the Siam tulip (the Thai call them dok kra jiao). These flowers are actually not tulips at all—they are related to ginger. In July, during the rainy season, the forest floor explodes with bright pink blooms. The forest is actually quite high up in the hills, so ...

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