It was a long time that I hadn’t left Phuket, due to my busy life as a scuba diving instructor. But on the beginning of march, I got the chance to take five days off. First I went to Bangkok to visit some friends, but soon came back, as Bangkok always quite exhausts me and I wanted to tank some energies. So I decided to do something I planed a long time already, but never had the chance to do: Visiting the Sri Phang Nga National Park of Phang Nga Province. The park isn’t as big and famous as its neighbor khaw sok (เชาสก), but because of that, it’s also less crowded, not least a big reason for me to go into nature, is to be alone. Sri Phang Nga lies approximately 60 km north of khaw lak (เขาหลัก) and 160 km north of Phuket Town, where I live. The trip was also a great chance, to try out my new Honda CBR 500r for a longer trip. I was quite late in the afternoon, so I drove up to khaw
lak pretty fast. First I passed the sarasin bridge, which connects the Phuket Island with the mainland. The view from above the bridge is amazing and it’s always a great feeling to leave Phuket into the green of Phang Nga province. From khaw lak north onwards, the landscape simply blew me away. Mountains, forests and every few kilometer some houses in the midst of the green. After a long ride, I finally arrived at the national parks headquarter. There was a big
guy, with a hand as big as a football. He obviously was disabled and told me he got that bloating of his body since he was born. Anyway, the guy was great fun and apparently enjoyed my company. I was shown the very simple, but clean bungalows to sleep in, which even provided running water. I took a shower and went to bed early.
In the morning I woke up with the sunrise and after a breakfast, which I found approximately 4 km outside the park entrance (restaurant of the National Park didn’t open that early), I met my local Thai guide. The guy just recently moved to Phang Nga from the marine national park Tarutao, where he lived and worked before. He obliviously missed his wife and kids, which are living near Bangkok, but he also told me, that he can’t imagine a life outside nature, and that though he doesn’t get much money out of it, loves his job. After a short walk we discovered an amazing creature, called a mousedeer or chevrotain. It wasn’t far away, but it was hiding in the brushwood, so I didn’t get a good picture. We continued our walk for about 2 hours, till we reached a waterfall. Some Thai kids with their parents were playing in the water. The waterfall was amazing beautiful and the water clear and full of fish.
I didn’t miss the chance, put of my shirt and trousers and jumped in. The water was nice and cool and the pool about 2 meters deep at its deepest point. After the refreshment it was already time to leave Sri Phang Nga and driving back to Phuket.