Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Khlong Phlu Waterfall

Waterfall Sign
Today we went to Klong Phlu Waterfall.  One of several waterfalls on the Island, Klong Phlu is the biggest waterfall (20 meters) on the Island and is about 30 minutes on foot from the Security and Information Desk.  The walk through the jungle to reach the waterfall is what you'd expect - Humid, Wet and full of Wildlife.  The are many species of plant and animal life, including several rare species of tree (Forgotten which ones).  The path is steep and rocky at parts so a rope is required to aid your balance across the pathways.

Along the way we saw Lizards, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ants and birds - many of which I've never seen the likes of before. 

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly - (Phoebis sennae)

After about 25 minutes we'd trekked 700 metres and the sound of fast running water was getting closer to us.  We had a lot of rain yesterday (March 17th 2011).  In fact it rained heavily non stop with constant flashes of lightening and rumbles of thunder. The heavy rainfall made sure that the waterfall was flowing steadily which was good because last time I came here in New Year 2011, it was totally dry due to the dry season.

Rainwater Lake

Once your at the waterfall the sight is amazing.  The water is gushing down from a height and crashing against the rocks.  Some people were swimming in the water and diving off the rocks into the pool.  I crossed the fast flowing river aided by a rope and some cement bags and the water was absolutely freezing! By now you can tell I don't do cold water!

Khlong Phlu Waterfall

We sat on the rocks and watched the waterfall for an hour.  It is a really nice attraction and if you ever visit the island then it's a must to see.  It is located halfway between Kai Bae and Whitesands and costs 200THB (£4.50) to get in - Which is more than we thought we'd have to pay, but you don't get things like this back home.  The butterfly that made friends with my foot decided to make friends with my t-shirt too and stayed on me for a good while!


Thirsty Work

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