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Far East Thailand #02

We make an early start, as we plan to stay tonight in the Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park, where our bungalow will be beside a thunderous Waterfall and just a jungle trek away from The Emerald Triangle...the fabled conjunction point of borders of Thailand/Cambodia/Laos.

 

We make the road trip without major incident...although do get denied access to one National Park, and we do find ourselves in a Mom&Pop store where the canned beer is miraculously 30% cheaper than any other retail outlet in Thailand.

 

Finally in the National Park, we take possession of our bungalow, and then chalk up a set of significant underwhelmings:

 

1. A Soldiers barricade denies us access to the Emerald Triangle viewpoint by 2 kilometres...some un-broadcast falling-out among neighbours!

 

2. The waterfall is close by but, alas, the volume of flow has been reduced to a mere trickle of about the volume of a dog lifting its leg on a car wheel!

 

3. We are studying the rock pools [see main image] , but finding it difficult to reconcile with the wondrously LSD-fueled poetic description offered in the brochure [shown below]...this is the "stone divine is let, a stone was have the tide then until is born is a lot of round small-sized big shallow deep different holes go to follow the intensity of stream, see strange-looking beautiful extremely."

Emerald Triangle

 

No matter...we have an ice-box, with cheap beer, and more than enough comfortable beds...

Far East Thailand #02

We make an early start, as we plan to stay tonight in the Phu Chong Na Yoi National Park, where our bungalow will be beside a thunderous Waterfall and just a jungle trek away from The Emerald Triangle...the fabled conjunction point of borders of Thailand/Cambodia/Laos.

 

We make the road trip without major incident...although do get denied access to one National Park, and we do find ourselves in a Mom&Pop store where the canned beer is miraculously 30% cheaper than any other retail outlet in Thailand.

 

Finally in the National Park, we take possession of our bungalow, and then chalk up a set of significant underwhelmings:

 

1. A Soldiers barricade denies us access to the Emerald Triangle viewpoint by 2 kilometres...some un-broadcast falling-out among neighbours!

 

2. The waterfall is close by but, alas, the volume of flow has been reduced to a mere trickle of about the volume of a dog lifting its leg on a car wheel!

 

3. We are studying the rock pools [see main image] , but finding it difficult to reconcile with the wondrously LSD-fueled poetic description offered in the brochure [shown below]...this is the "stone divine is let, a stone was have the tide then until is born is a lot of round small-sized big shallow deep different holes go to follow the intensity of stream, see strange-looking beautiful extremely."

Emerald Triangle

 

No matter...we have an ice-box, with cheap beer, and more than enough comfortable beds...

comments (14)

Enjoying the story!!
Ray: Of course, we found these little set-backs hilarious!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Apr 2018, 06:49
Your saga is fast becoming addictive, as it takes on the mantle of a soap opera played out in the back of beyond with a cast of outrageous characters

More...!
Ray: All this great hilarity, Chris, and the trip has barely begun.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Apr 2018, 06:53
I find these rock pools fascinating with all the reflections of the threes around. I like the poetic words.
Ray: I loved reading those words, Philine...poor translation has rendered the words poignant and poetic.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Apr 2018, 07:15
Well that's a bit disappointing for you all. You can have some of our rain to help raise water levels; we do seem to have rather a lot of it recently. You could always top up the water levels with the cheap beer...
Ray: I did my best with processed cheap beer twice during the night, Alan, but it seemed too little and too late.

Not disappointing at all... set-backs like this add to the fun of these trips.
That description is ineffably ungrammatical.
Ray: Isn't it gorgeous stuff, Larry!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 10 Apr 2018, 07:28
Travel promotions eh, don’t you just hate them? Perhaps you slept better with a thunderous roar by your bungalow Ray.
Ray: Travel promotion brochures can be wonderful after being subjected to inept translation.

Koen...the bloke in the red hat...is a Travel Agent, so of course we blame him for everything that turns out to be underwhelming, even though we have not allowed him to do any planning and are generally deaf to any advice he tries to give us.
Des aleas qui ne peuvent qu'ouvrir de nouvelles portes à  l interêt ...j'espere que la nuit a ete bonne
Ray: Oh oui ... nous avons trouvé beaucoup d'autres activités intéressantes, y compris des interactions avec les habitants, Claudine.
I'm sure you'll make the best of the difficult circumstances, Ray smile
Ray: No difficulties here, Tom...we are having a fine time...things don't always work out the way you expect.
You have the beer and the bed so it could be so much worse
Ray: You are right, Bill...we are in good shape.
I guess it would be fair to say you were all slightly underwhelmed!
Ray: Of course, we blamed Koen [who is a Travel Agent] for all this, even though we ignored anything he might have been trying to tell us during our planning.

Part of our travelling philosophy is that low lights are highlights viewed from the wrong angle...
These are lave floes are they not? I have seen similar. I love strange or interesting rock.
Ray: This is exposed sandstone, Mary, and we are standing on what is a riverbed during the Wet season...according to the tourist blurb, folks raft on this bit of river in the Wet.
it sounds like you had a hard luck day Ray... but the picture of the reflections in the tide pools makes up for what you have missed....petersmile
Ray: The attractions at this National Park are evidently Wet season highlights, Peter, but this is near the end of Dry season.

No matter, though, as we are good at laughing at our mis-fortunes, and found other interesting stuff. Also...we had a boot full of cheap beer! smile

Things get better...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Apr 2018, 13:42
Divine, very divine grin
Ray: I am so impressed with the prose that I have kept the travel brochure, Louis.
  • Ayush Basu
  • Venlo, Netherlands
  • 11 Apr 2018, 17:28
is it possible you were not primed enough by the beer to see the divine stone, Ray?
Ray: Could be as you suggest, Ayush.

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