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Umphang, Thilor Su waterfall, Klotho stream, Ban Kotha and Thipogyi Karen villages, Mae Klong river, Bamboo rafting to Thilor Lay waterfall - Trek, camping and homestay (29 February - 04 March 2008)

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March is actually not the best time to see Thilorsu (Thi Lor Su) waterfall. The fall is said to be most beautiful in September to November. But the best time also means more crowd. Anyway our trip was not just Thilorsu, it took us to out of the beaten places and we all had good experience of the life time to the full we could.

Thilorsu waterfall in March 2008
Thilorsu waterfall in March 2008

Theelorsu looked in-complete but still could surprise the first time visitor with its large size in the middle of the lush jungle. Now there was already a 1.5 km long concrete foot path from the camp ground to the fall. In the dry season trucks could come to the camp and thus it is easy to reach the fall.

An upper level of Thilorsu waterfall
The pool in an upper level of Theelorsu waterfall

Fair weather allowed a good swim in the green pools of the fall. The water was cool, clean and very refreshing but it was not too cold.

Karen children of Ban Kotha village catching fish in Klotho stream
Karen children of Ban Kotha village catching fish in Klotho stream

We camped one night in tents at the camp yard by the Klotho river downstream of the waterfall. Public toilets and shower blocks are provided at the camp. After the candle-lit dinner we sat and talked between the trees for few hours before we went into the tents for a sleep.

Next day the jungle trek began with easy walk more or less along Klotho stream. Before we reached Ban Kotha village at the end of approximately 7 km we saw two children quietly standing on the stones in the middle of the shallow water fishing.

An elephant in Ban Kotha Karen village
An elephant in Ban Kotha Karen village

Some of 2 or 3 days usual trips stop or overnight in this Karen village on the Klotho river bank. There is a shop selling bottled drinking water and soft drinks as well as snack foods. Several families own elephants.

Bamboo ladder to bee hives high in the tree
Bamboo ladder to bee hives high in the trees

After a short stop in Kotha village we walked pass the paddy fields and entered the jungle again. This tall bamboo ladder without a so-called international standard safety measure shoots along the tree trunk up to the bee hives.

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