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2014-02-04 Water Adventures

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Thee Lor Su Waterfalls

 Today we had a day off from schoolwork and visiting hospitals. Instead, for class we had an adventure in the jungles of Thailand. Our adventure included first rafting into the heart of the jungle visiting some natural hot springs, and then climbing to what is know as the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Thailand. We started out our day on the banks of the Mae Klong River in the Umpang district of Northern Thailand. Two inflatable rafts were waiting there to divide the twelve of us to begin our adventure down the river. The river brought us through many different types of jungle scenery, starting with trees on trees, as far as you could see. Soon the scenery began to transition into more cliffs and jungle terrain, where water would flow down the side of each cliff to create small waterfalls. Despite the beautiful scenery, I think a vast majority of the students were busy searching the jungle to see either monkeys, or gibbons! Or busy watching our toes in the water, to make sure no swimming cobras would sneak up on us and munch on our toes. However, in spite of our constant searching, no wild animals or snakes were seen. About midway through our rafting trip, we stopped on a bank, where a small makeshift store was built for people to use the “Hong Nam” (Toilet in Thai) and buy snacks and drinks. Not only was this place made for hungry rafters, but a little further on from the “store” was a natural hot springs for rafters and others to stop and warm up from the chilly Mae Klong river. Finally after several hours on the Mae Klong River, we boarded a few pick-up trucks to take us to the trailhead to the Thee Lor Su waterfalls. At the trailhead we stopped and ate lunch reconvening with our whole group to start the walk up. On our way, our guide pointed out several different Thai plants, and different types of birds native to the area. After a short walk, we finally made it to the “most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand." The waterfalls had 3 separate pools, one after the next, where we were allowed to swim. However, we could only swim in the first and second pool, because the third was dangerous for swimming. In part the falls are so beautiful because of the phosphorus deposits running into the water, which cause the water to turn a creamy baby blue color, whic,h surrounded by the tropical jungle and flowers, definitely made them live up to their title. We spent the rest of the day swimming in the cold refreshing waterfalls before we had to return home. It was one of the best adventures I’ve ever had. As of this stage in my life, nothing can really compare to the beauty of the Mae Klong River, and the Thee Lor Su Waterfalls.  

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