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Jungle trek and camping: Nang Rong waterfall, Sai Yong Hin fall, Tad Ta Pu fall, Manow fall - Khao Yai national park (28 - 31 Jan 2008)

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Sai Yong Hin to Tad Ta Pu waterfall jungle trek
Sai Yong Hin to Tad Ta Pu waterfall jungle trek

The second day trek was more difficult than expected. From the 1:50,000 scale map we were using it looked like at least the the second half of the trek should be easier. But it turned out that locating the trail was hard and we often got lost, albeit safely, and eventually came back to the trail. Since this section of the trail was not walked for long time parts of it were blocked by forest overgrowth, tree falls, land and river change, etc. And finally the second day walk was longer than the first day one.

Where is the trail?
Where is the trail? Yes this is!

There were many times we had to cut tree branches to make way for us to go through. And there were times we just pushed ourselves through the bush of plants like this one for 20 to 30 meters without taking out our trekking knife.

A dry waterfall
A dry waterfall

At about 2 p.m. we arrived at an almost dry waterfall bearing its entire rock bed. Behind it was still a pool of water where we stopped for lunch of a cup of soup, some bread and a cup of hot drink and water.

Cooling boiled drinking water
Cooling down boiled drinking water

After lunch we boiled the water from the pool and cooled down the pots inside the pool before we filled our containers. Together with the remaining water that should be enough until we got to the camp at Tad Tapu waterfall which was still hours away.

Crossing a stream
Crossing a stream

After 5 p.m. we were still on the go. The map told us we were closing in onto our destinaton within a couple of kilometers. The real condition made us believe it was not that near yet. The last kilometer was walking up the downstream of Tad Ta Pu fall (Raya stream). We had to cross the river several times, walked through the jungle on both sides, and finally we emerged from a small tall grassland onto the rocks.

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