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// MAY 2016
The land of smiles
Patong
Phang Nga Bay
Phuket
Maya Bay
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Ao Nang
Koh Phi Phi Don
Phuket

Ao Nang


11th of May  2016
Crystal water thermal pools… in the jungle!!!

The Natural Crystal and Thermal Springs

Our day started with a visit to the Thermal Springs, who are located in the jungle. Nature’s own hot tub Jacuzzis filled to the brim with fresh running spring water at a pleasant 35-42C.   

We splashed it in the beautiful springs along with many other guests, locals mainly.

We could try the waters at the nearby river too, but eventually we took only photos of it from a platform situated next to it. 
 


We continued our trip to Khao Phra Bang Khram Nature Reserve and visited the famous «Crystal Pool», also known as Emerald Pool.

We arrived there while walking on a network of paths within the forest, passing by many smaller springs, by waterfalls and creeks. During this pleasant walk, we had the chance to enjoy hundreds of trees and plants of numerous kinds.
If you wish to have an idea of what we have seen, just imagine a huge natural tub, filled with crystal clear spring water with magnificent color, which kept changing shades, while the sun was playing with the clouds.  



We had a stop for having a meal, in a restaurant by the entrance of Emerald Pool, where we were served various rice dishes. 


Adorable creatures…

Wat Tham Seua

Afterwards, we went to visit one of the most famous and interesting temples of South Thailand, the Tiger Cave Temple, where the monks live and meditate within a labyrinth of natural caves, situated in a jungle valley.

The temple resembles a small village. 



The central avenue, on which we met many monkeys, leads to a huge statue of Guan Yin, _the Thai-Chinese Goddess of Mercy, the Goddess who observes all the sounds and is worshipped by the Buddhists of Thailand. A Buddhist vegetarian festival in her honor is celebrated every year during September/October.

It was far too hot for us to try and climb the 1260 steps that were leading to the top of the mountain with the panoramic views.

So we stayed at the foot of it and played with the adorable monkeys, till the time we left. Playful, crafty and funny, filled pleasantly our time. 


The talisman….

On the way back to Ao Nang, we stopped once more, at an elephant protection center, where we had the chance to ride them and feed them. 



While watching how wonderfully were taken care the animals, large and small, by the people working at the protection center, we remembered all the things we had read about these magnificent creatures:
The elephant is considered a symbol of the nation and a talisman too for the people of Thailand.
And, indeed, with its wrinkled, grey skin, its imposing body figure and its slow imperial movements, while it’s walking, the elephant is a fascinating combination of raw natural force, dignity, intelligence and remarkable spryness at the same time.
An amazing, unique animal that can only provoke emotions of respect and love to all of us…   
 


After having fed the adorable animals, we returned to our hotel.  

 

 

 

 

Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7
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Country: Thailand
Date: 2016
Route: Thailand
Cities: Yangon, Bangkok, Phuket, Patong, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay, Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Ao Nang
Duration: 7 days
Difficulty:
Population: 68.860.000
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