Phuket is a tropcial hotspot, but sometimes it's nice to get off the island. So we headed north. One day, and four motorbikes.
Thai Muang National Park is approximately two hours from my doorstep, and in the province of Phang Nga. Along the way, traffic slowly gets less congested, and the sights of storefronts are soon replaced by rubber trees and pineapple fields. Then there's the sea- the sparkling, turquoise sea. All other sounds are drowned out, and I can only hear the sounds of the waves creeping up on the sand. The beach stretches as far as the eye can see, and is uninterrupted by man-made objects. Camp on this beach? Yes, please. This is my idea of paradise, and Thai Muang goes down as one of my favorite places in Thailand.
In addition to the Park, we visited Lampi Waterfall. This particular fall has a swimming area at the bottom, and the surrounding rocks are perfect for picnicing. That's exactly what we did.
Next up was coffee. We drove up to a spot with a 360 degree view of the sprawling trees and fields below. There was also an added bonus- a giant swing, which we all tried out.
The serene, natural surroundings were only half of my enjoyment on this trip. Observing others out having fun was just as entertaining. Many Thai people are required to work six days a week (and yes, more than eight hours a day). It is rare that holidays (vacations) are given for more than a few days in a row. With ground travel taking up time, and airfare sometimes unafforable- many people cannot venture far. When that one day off a week comes, it is usually used for rest or an outing. It was sweet to see so many enjoying their holiday just as we were. Trip success.