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Thailand Photos: Hike to Khao Ron, highest peak in Khao Yai national park: 15 - 16 October 2005

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Red flowers on the trail to Khao Ron  Yellow flowers on Khao Ron peak
Plants and flowers seen near the peak, above 1300 meters. Small and large plants and trees are thickly grown covering the peak of relatively flat area - the size of a basketball field. I was not able to make any good shoot of surrounding. It was just not possible for my simple camera. I left the road at 1:45 p.m. and arrived at the peak at about 3:20 p.m. A lot of time was spent looking for the way, cutting thorn trees and consulting the GPS receiver borrowed from the park's office.

A pond on the lesser peak  Flowers on the mountain
Left: The water pond on the lesser peak to the north of Khon Ron peak. At the time I went there was little water in the small stream between the peak and the lesser peak. Right: flowers of the mountain. At the peak I was wandering for more than 20 minutes with both GPS receiver and magnetic compass not working properly. They gave me figures and directions which changed every seconds. Finally I decided to follow an animal track under the trees I thought was leading to the north-east and to Khao Laem grassland. I intended to find a stream to camp the night on the way.

Pink flower on the mountain  Thick forest
The trail looked not very steep in the begining, but I had to use the knife to cut the tree branches with thorns. Where there were no thorns I simply pushed through. There were more flowers on the mountain side. Right: at a place I paused to look around for direction and trail - all around are trees and I did not know which way would lead me to the place I wanted to go. Through the trees I could not find Khao Laem or any other land mark I remembered.

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