I woke up pretty early, watching the lake and enjoying the silence. I was excited to start driving again cuz i knew the road will be awesome and, since it was dark when i came to Sangkhlaburi, now i will be able to see how it is.

P guesthouse sangkhlaburi

After a short detour at Toy’s Restaurant to eat my breakfast, i was back on the road. Next place to be, Erawan, the one i heard so much about it.

The road was  spectacular, as i was expecting. The first 60 km from Sangkhlaburi are very curvy, with a lot of hills and valleys. And the view. Oh, the view.

View on the road t Sangkhlaburi

It’s hard to drive on a road like this because all you want to do is to stop and take pictures. Lots of pictures. And if there is no beautiful view, then there is a national park with some hot springs or a waterfall, or a cave with a temple in it! So you will stop anyway.

Road in Thailand

The first part of the road, those 60 km i was talking about, is going on the side of the Lake Vajiralongkorn, and artificial one. The dam with the same name was something i wanted to see on the way there, but since it was dark then, now it was the perfect time to see it.

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The lake is nothing special, the view is not that spectacular at noon (probably the sunset is a better time to view from the dam), but i was impressed again how everything was in place. Clean alleys, entrance with a guard and a barrier, respectful people, signs on where to go anywhere. I was feeling like i visit a park, not a dam.

On top of the dam you can see other things that are spectacular. Monkeys. Thieves ones. Or at least the one i met, who tried to steal my tuk tuk. Ok, not to steal it, but at least one wanted to leave with my bottle of water. That’s when they left, cuz i tried to scare them away and they became aggressive, so i was the scared one. Luckily there was a guard who saw me having trouble and scared the monkeys away.

Monkeys

Getting back in control off my tuk tuk, i left as quick as i could, far from the aggressive monkeys.

Other than that, because i left kind of late and i had some detours and stops on the way, i had to speed up a bit and try to get to Erawan on day time. Which i failed, cuz my wrist still asks for many breaks, and the heat just makes me sleepy. It’s hard with no air conditioning in the tuk tuk! :P

I got there around 8, when everything was closed, and no one on the streets. And a bit scary too because of the forest fires that were way to close to the road or to the houses.

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At Erawan National Park anyone can camp, as they have a big camping area, with showers and toilets. And this was what i did. I put my tent on the side of the river, opened a beer and enjoyed the silence and the mosquito bites.


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