Eden must have been like this.
A waterfall deep in the rainforest offers a chance to cool down after a hike.
Gay life and culture
Getting around Thailand
This page describes one of the five entirely different regions visited on Honah Lee, a Thailand tour for gay men, lesbians, and friends. Links at the bottom of this page will take you to more information about this trip.
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From Chiangmai we fly south, into the lush rainforests. Our home for two nights is an idyllic setting: bamboo huts set on rafts, floating near the shore of a sprawling lake. Fall asleep to a symphony of birdsong. No showers here: On awakening, just dive into the waters for a refreshing swim.
This is Khao Sok National Park, the largest forest in southern Thailand, home to some 48 species of mammals. We're likely to spot a variety of chattering monkeys here, as well as colorful birds. Elephants, tigers, porcupines, gibbons, and the world's largest cat, the striped phantom, inhabit the forest but are seldom seen in the day. We may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one during an evening foray.
The next day brings another adventure: We hike to a remote river that disappears into the mountain. For 45 minutes, we follow the cave through the rock. Curtains of white stalactites glisten when we shine our flashlights onto the wall. A family of bats, hanging upside down from the cave ceiling, silently watches our passage. There are sharp bends to negotiate, a narrow crevice ... and at last we see light shining through at the other end.
And now, our group moves on to Thailand's biggest island, with more great hiking, sandy beaches, nightlife, and some memorable sea canoeing: The island of Phuket.
Other stops on this tour of Thailand:
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