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Cycling through the Jungle Trail in Khao Thong

Cycling through the Jungle Trail in Khao Thong

After the whole kayaking extravaganza, I woke up the next day to sore muscles. Kayaking had taken its toll on my body. Somehow I made it to the common area. It was my last day in Krabi but my flight for Bangkok was at night. So I had all day. I first thought of chilling at my resort, The Bananas. While having my breakfast, I came across this map lying on the table mentioning a Jungle Trail.

Jungle Trail

After enquiring about it at the reception, I came to know that there was a jungle trail nearby. So I decided to follow the map to see where it leads me. I rented a cycle from the resort and cycled my way through the beautiful village of Khao Thong. The roads where perfect, not the typical village roads. Rarely do you see any vehicle passing that way. The locals waved at me as I cycled past their houses. The place is a real paradise with cliffs lined up on one side and the sea on the other. This place truly falls under the category of ‘Offbeat Destinations’; the roads are empty, the sea is free of those tourist boats. The place is all yours to explore.

I came across a Football stadium on my way. Probably the best place to watch a football game in the backdrop of those majestic cliffs.

Well my mind was set on the jungle trail. I looked for the ‘Banana’ signboards to find the trail; as directed by the reception. But I was not able to find any. I kept cycling till I reached the dead end of the road, A Pier which again had some great views to offer.

This village never stops surprising me. Each road I take leads me to a wonderful view.

I then turned back the way I came. Google maps was useless as the trail is not marked on it. The only clue I had was that the trail ended on top of a cliff facing the sea. So I decided to take a mud road that seemed to go towards the sea. I did not come across anyone on this road so that I could ask for directions. I kept cycling till I reached a gate which was padlocked from the inside. It looked like the entry was restricted. Thinking that I had taken the wrong route, I turned my cycle to return back. That is when something caught my attention. I saw a small ‘Banana’ sign hanging on the fence pointing towards a clearing through the fence. There it was. I found the Jungle Trail.

I cycled through the foliage. This place was very dense. The plants and branches kept hitting me on my face and hands as I made my way through the jungle. There were many instances where I almost smashed my head into the low hung branches.

I cycled for sometime and then came across a steep slope. I had to get down and push my cycle up the slope. That is when I found a bunch of leaves and twigs stuck in the rear wheel and the chain. After clearing that, I went up the slope and decided to walk the rest of the trail with my cycle.

The chirping of the birds, monkeys jumping on the branches overhead, watching the sun-rays make their way through the canopy of trees was some sight and the feeling of being all there by myself was something that can not be put in words.

I walked through the jungle for 10 mins till I reached a clearing through which I could see the sea. The trail ended on top of a cliff facing the sea. There it was, the breathtaking view, the breeze, the sound of waves crashing into the rocks beneath you. I sat there for sometime, thanking myself for starting my trip in Krabi. What if I had missed that flight, I won’t be even sitting at that spot. I took some pics and then headed back for the resort.

This marked the end of my stay in Krabi. With beautiful and exciting memories for a lifetime, I flew for Bangkok – My next stop, for my next set of weird adventures, from Tuk-Tuk racing to eating scorpions.

Stay tuned……

 

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