10.05.2009 - 10.05.2009 35 °C
The Fern Resort backs onto the Mae Surin National Park. Like the Salawin National Park there are many entrances and attractions at different locations. The attraction here is a nature trail that takes you past a couple of waterfalls. A trail leads from the Fern resort to the road I had sweated up two days earlier. I set off after breakfast with my backpack, a bamboo pole and a couple of dogs from the resort. First stop, the park checkpoint where I handed over 20B for an English-language brochure about the station points along the nature trail. I was gratified to not have to pay the 200B or 400B foreigner entrance fee. Glad to see somebody has some sense in not charging ridiculous fees. Maybe it's justified at Khao Yai National Park, but not here.
There are 16 points along the trail where you can learn about the giant sompong tree, different kinds of bamboo, sedimentary shale rock etc. I discovered my English language brochure was redundant as the station points contained all the same words, and more. Never mind, it has pretty pictures. After an hour I came to the first waterfall which I felt compelled to swim in. Or at least, duck my body into. Very refreshing. The trail then climbed over a ridge to the adjacent valley to a more spectacular three-tier waterfall which I also felt compelled to duck my body into. Very refreshing again. Not long after this the trail emerges onto the familiar steep road for the last plod back to the resort.
I was back in time for lunch and more reading and swimming at the poolside.
Tomorrow we move on and even though Fern Resort had got quadruple thumbs up from us, we are ready for the change. I am running out of activities and Katherine needs inspiration to write to her mum.