We made an escape away from our man-made stomping grounds. Living in Bangkok, I struggle with the annoyances of city living… trying to not get caught in protests, waiting for taxi’s, sitting in traffic, listening to continual noise pollution… however, it was nice to be reminded that nature does, in fact, exist.
After being here in Bangkok, I think I have this skewed idea that all of Thailand is built up- a concrete playground of skyscrapers and vehicles that cause pollution, but it’s not. That’s just Bangkok. The majority of Thailand is a beautiful countryside with natural things still intact. There are even trees and clean water, and I saw those yesterday with my very own eyes! 😉
I realized that we don’t have to go over far to find natural beauty. Kelly, Kate (here’s her version of the day), and I drove about 2 hours Northeast to the tip of Khao Yai National Park, where you can find Sarika Waterfall. It’s the perfect day trip from Bangkok!
After some maneuvering over boulders,we found ourselves a spot right under the cascading action. There is a perfect little swimming cove at the base of the waterfall, and several sitting spots if you climb up a bit.
One of my FAVORITE things in the world is standing under a waterfall as water pounds over your head and leaves you gasping for breath. (The last time I did this was a few years ago at Nauyaca waterfall in Costa Rica.)
I could watch waterfalls for hours- they are a loud and bold element of nature but captivating and serene at the same time. (Even though a flip flop came careening down the waterfall at one point.)
Khao Yai is a huge national park, and I enjoyed relaxing in a place hardly touched by humans while butterflies zipped around us. There are a lot of hiking trails and animals to see if you wander further into the park, which I would definitely come back to do.
After we spend time at the base, we hiked further up off the beaten path where another small waterfall poured into a private, blue swimming hole.
Up here we also found lots of little pockets to sit it and a stunning view overlooking..well,… nature. This was by far my favorite day in Thailand.
We even jumped off the mini waterfall!
Sometimes it takes a day of swimming, adrenaline-pumping jumps, mini coves, and tumbling waterfalls to remind you that life is good. Never, EVER, underestimate the power of a day out in nature.
I had been needing an little adventure, and this was perfect. Adventures like this make me very full, not just from sandwiches and beer, but from digesting a whole lotta’ what life is about.