After our jungle stay, we ventured even further into the heart of Khao Sok National Park. We left our suitcases behind and boarded our long boats for the best commute of my life! As we jetted through the waters of the park, the vast scale and utter beauty of Khao Sok became apparent. Bright blue waters, luscious greenery and no people, technology or other indicators of modern society.
Floating raft houses
Each time we came across a handful of floating raft houses, I thought it was time for our stop. But we just kept going and going, further into the untouched areas of the Park.
After a rejuvenating journey with the wind in our hair and splashes of water on our faces, we arrived at our accommodation for the night. Floating raft houses are essentially cute little wooden huts on barges, which as you can probably tell from the name, float on the water. As someone who suffers terribly from motion sickness, this was a point of concern! However, they were incredibly stable and you wouldn’t know you’re floating once in them. With the exception of the storm we had in the early hours – but I survived!
The most important point to mention about this stay and by far the best part of it is that it is completely off grid. No mobile service, no WiFi and no electricity during the day. The shower was a bucket of water and the toilets – well, probably best not to talk about it here. It was back to basics. And it was amazing.
It’s the second time I’ve been truly cut off from the outside world – the first being up Kilimanjaro. It is honestly one of the most liberating feelings of all. I’d be a hypocrite to slam social media when I couldn’t do my job or my blog without it. But having a break, not only from social media but also from the internet, the chaos of modern life and even people, is the best remedy.
I was a hot sweaty mess. Intense humidity, sticky from the sun cream and covered head to toe in bug spray. And no functioning shower to wash with. Yet somehow it was the best feeling. Right now I would swap my clean clothes, the cool temperature and a functioning bathroom to go back in a heartbeat.