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Hin Lat waterfall

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Leaving Koh Phangan, Julia and I were looking for a cleansing of body and mind and in search of rest, relaxation and sightseeing. Our boat arrived into Big Buddha beach in the North of the island and according to our 'oh so trustworthy' Lonely Planet, there was one budget place to stay that wasn't supposed to be too far away. The sun was really beating down, but we were pretty sure that it wouldn't take long to walk and the taxi drivers were all quoting stupidly high prices to even switch on their engines. 45 minutes later, dripping with sweat, wanting to cry and trying to find a hotel that according to local people didn't exist, our bags were plonked by the road and we had to come up with a different game plan. The stupidity of the second plan followed that of the first plan - namely to follow the Lonely Plants help! Our trip culminated 3 hours after beginning, having walked past 3 beach resorts and ending up over 10km's from where we had begun, all in search of somewhere we never did find! It wasn't that we hadn't also asked in several hotels that we had passed, it was just that they all wanted way more money than we were willing to part with.

Elephants trekking up river at Na Muang

Ludicrously, a lady in the farthest place we reached said that a security guard and her would transport us back towards where we had come from, as her friend owned a hotel that we could stay in, at the Fishermans Village in Bo Phut. 5 minutes of holding onto all of our bags whilst also clinging on to the back of a motorbike for dear life, and we were there. I was so relieved to get an affordable room, but was even more surprised that our 300baht got en-suite bathroom (all be it cold water), comfy double bed, was spacious, very clean and smack on the beach. Although our hectic start on the island wasn't the rest or relaxation that i'd craved, it had purged our body of the excesses of Koh Phangan!

Wednesday evening had been a quiet affair with Dinner in a small local restaurant and an early night, in preperation of a busy following day.

Na Muang 1 Waterfall
A motorbike was hired in the morning and this is really a neccessity for discovering the treasures that lay around the island. Unfortunately the rental shop hadn't even left enough petrol in the bike to reach the gas station and my trusty sidekick Julia was therefore left to walk in search of a roadside gasoline seller. As we were still in a built up area, this didn't take too long and soon we were on our way west and then south until Hin Lat Waterfall was reached. Well, when i say reached, i mean the car park was pulled into. 1 hour later, after getting very lost on a poorly marked path, the waterfall actually came into sight! Been 100% honest, it was nice, but hadn't been worth all the time and effort it had cost us to get there!

Carrying on South East and then turning North into the centre of the island, the main waterfall area of Na Muang was next on our agenda.

Na Muang 2 Waterfall
There are 2 waterfalls in this area, both within a much more walkable distance of the car park, making them much more to our enjoyment :) Both were pretty and there was a number of elephants taking customers along the short paths, for those either looking for an added excitement to their day, or for those who were even lazier than us :) Surely the former was more likely?

Our anti clockwise loop of the island continued and just before sunset the sandy beach at Lamai was felt under our toes. We stopped here for some Dinner and to relax a little. This meant that the last 15km of our trip was concluded in the dark and thus i was unable to wear my sunglasses to protect my eyes from all the dust on the roads.

Na Muang 2 Waterfall
It really is surprising how much dirt can squeeze into a squinted eye, but i assure you its enough to make them go bright red and water for some time! In the evening, a pleasant stroll was enjoyed through the picturesque Fishermans Village and culminated in another quiet night, reading and playing cards.

There were no set plans for Friday and this was a good job as the weather pretty much dictated our day. There was occassional drizzle and permanent threatening black clouds, with the wind whipping in from the sea. Therefore we opted not to venture out of the Fishermans Village and instead spent our day at a very lazy pace, but did manage to book our onward tickets and sort our laundry out - backpacking isn't all glamorous see! Saturday morning was just a case of waking up and been bundled into a mini bus that took us to the port, from where we took the ferry across to Surat Thani and caught the connecting bus south to Phuket.

Hat Lamai Beach

Deats says:
Thanks for the compliment :)
Posted on: Jan 13, 2008
tvillingmarit says:
Love your photos
Posted on: Jan 12, 2008
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Hin Lat waterfall
Hin Lat waterfall
Elephants trekking up river at Na …
Elephants trekking up river at Na…
Na Muang 1 Waterfall
Na Muang 1 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Hat Lamai Beach
Hat Lamai Beach
Na Muang 1 Waterfall
Na Muang 1 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
Na Muang 2 Waterfall
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