Erawan national park

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Erawan waterfall

We decided to escape the kamikaze tuc tucs and sticky rice sellers of Bangkok and we took a bus to Erawan national park. After five hours we were there, an incredibly easy journey. Suzan had the brain wave of camping (I was pleasantly suprised), she was loving it untill she discovered a scorpion in the tent! We soon forgot about it and ventured into the national park.

Erawan is wolrd renowned for its stunning waterfalls, and as we made our way along the patheach set of falls outdid the last in its beauty. The water here exits a limestone cliff face from a cave before it tumbles down the mountainside. During its underground journey the water picks up lots of minerals and so is a deep turquoise blue.

The killer centipede
Along the paths swathes of butterflies slurped up the water from the puddles and were in a dazzling array of colours. In each of the pools huge carp swum about lazily, a fishermans dream.

We stopped off and swum in some of the pools and were treated with a free fish massage, little fish and bigger loaches came up and fed on the dead skin of our feet, a wierd sensation. The ever present macaques were lurking, around, on the scrounge as usual. On the way back down the mountain we saw a huge monitor lizard swimming gracefully across the river which was pretty cool.

The wildlife in the campsite was great, squirrels scampered through the branches and we were shrieked at by big blue rollers (a type of bird). Suzan befriended two stray dogs who then slept outside our tent the entire night through the rain. There were loads of frogs also, and a trio of foot long Tokay geckos living behind the mirror in the toilet. Then there was a huge huge centipede that scared the crap out of us! life is never dull in the tropics at night!

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Erawan waterfall
Erawan waterfall
The killer centipede
The killer centipede
Gulping carp
Gulping carp
Butterflies
Butterflies
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