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The maritime park of Sam Roi Yot (300 mountains) is 40 kms south from the famous holiday resort of HUA HIN, in the county of Prachuap Khiri Khan. It’s one of the oldest national park of Thailand.
Pim joined me at Victory monument, the inevitable place in Bangkok ….. THE bus station ! We will go on a mini bus. Muay arrived a few minutes later, we had time for a meal, together, and wishing us all, a good journey, well, anyway : good luck !!! Off, we go.
Three hours on the bus to get to Pranburi, from there, we should get of the bus and get a car to go to the park….Well, that would happen in a nice dream…. but of course in order to have more fun, we got down, too far !! Nevermind …………….
This park is made of 4 different biotopes : seaside, forest, mangrove and swamp.
We stayed 2 days on the coast, nothing special, as regards the landscape, but the place is so quiet, it’s stunning…..
We leave and go up some steps, about 20 minutes later, we get to the beach, where we can hire one of several big bungalows, with 5 beds, ideally made for families.
The beach of Laem Sala, reminded me of Saint Leu, Reunion island. There are she-oak, maritime pine trees with their “weeping needles”, i saw some of those, before, in Ko Lao Liang in 2011. Some “Langurs”, always as a family have a delicious meal of tree leaves that look like acacia. Please, read Kho Phangan…. to hear them shout and see more photos of these lovely primates.
A rocky path, quite steep, takes us to the cave of Tham Phraya Nakorn, where the trees make the most of the beams of sunshine, giving light to the cave in the day time. In the middle of one of these caves, a buddhist lodge/house the Phra Thinang Khuha Kharuehat, build under King Rama V’s reign, adorateur of the place. It shines of thousands golden lights, around 10h30, time when the sun is at it’s peak in the cave. The king’s signature can be seen on one rock face of the cave (see photo)
The park gives shelter to a large variety of birds, especially in the mangrove swamp area, but we will make the most of it, some other time. The wealth/abundance of it’s ecosystem needs a much more appropriate visit, with a very thorough examination….
Thanks to Martine for the translation.