After many last minute changes, there were exactly 10 who went to Khun Tan this time. Because of the late train time we decided to drive the 72 km. there, giving us more flexibility about the time to return. We had 2 cars, and arrived at the park headquarters about 8:30 and at the parking area at Y. 1 about 9:15. The porters picked up our “carry ups” there (charge is 8 bht./kg) while we enjoyed a leisurely walk up to Y. 3, making a few stops on the way.
We arrived at noon to eat the lunches we had brought with us, rested and got settled in.
Later we walked up to “tip-top”, Y. 4, where we found a pleasant breeze, and the same hazy view of things below that we had at the cabins.
On the way back to the cabins we encountered a rather large snake which didn’t want to leave its spot in the middle of the trail. To be safe, Pam removed it with a long stick. Later we were able to identify it in a book as a non-poisonous common rat snake.
After dinner, prepared by a co-operative effort, we enjoyed a bonfire even though the temperature remained moderate.
Lights went out shortly after 10pm, and we were tucked safely in by then as the wind blew and temperatures dropped towards morning.
Breakfast time was as each chose, and we were ready to start down shortly before 11am.
We stopped for a while at Y. 2 to have a tour of M.R Khrykrit’s vacation spot and his grave site which meant lunch at the park headquarters was a bit late.
A jolly time was had by all in a place we would recommend visiting again. The waterfall trail from above the headquarters to above Y. 2 has been cleared by the Park and is ready for a hike sometime. Janet
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