The owners offer a free pickup service from the downtown bus station, and thank goodness they do. When I say the middle of the jungle, I really do mean the middle of the jungle. The ride took about 45 minutes in the back of the owner- Nok's, Ford truck. This was an adventure in itself. The further we drove from civilization, the more natural beauty started to reveal itself. We drove through rice paddies, hot springs, elephant camps, and local hill-tribe villages. At one point, I swear our vehicle was almost vertical because of how steep the hills were. A real life roller coaster! This required real skill on Nok's part. It was quite amazing watching this tiny Thai lady operating her big truck up the steep hills.
Once we arrived at our destination, the other new guests and I were shown our huts. I was Hut #2. No lock on the door. Perfect. No sarcasm intended here, it truly was perfect. It felt safe, and brought back memories of my time spent at camp. After putting my belongings in my new home for the next 2 days, I made my way to the dining area. This was an open air area with wooden benches and tables, overlooking the the rolling hills in the distance. They explained how the meals and food work. Every "hut" has 1 pad of paper kept in the dining area, where you write down what you want to eat (at least 2 hours in advance) for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There were also snacks (chips, nuts, etc) and drinks (water, beer, pop, tea) accessible at any time. This worked on the honour system. If you took a bottle of water, or a snack, you simply wrote it down on the same pad of paper, and at the end of your stay you would pay for everything. Simple things like this- situations that still put faith in humans and strangers, bring me so much joy.
My hut for 2 days
Dining Area with morning fog
Our mode of transportation for the day- a longtail boat
After making our way back to the Bamboo Nest, the rest of the day was spent relaxing in the hammock, enjoying fresh pineapple and reading a book. Such a peaceful place, with amazing owners who truly put their heart and soul into the place. I'm glad I ended my time in Thailand here- (almost) recovered and ready to take on the Philippines!
Korea Update: HAPPY WEEKEND!!! Yes, I know it's only Tuesday. This week marks a special holiday in Korea, Lunar New Year! Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all national holidays. How will I be spending my 5 day weekend? In Seoul of course! I've been in Korea for almost 4 months now (what the heck.....), and now I finally have the perfect opportunity to go check out the big city. Pictures and a blog post to follow, of course!