8 Reasons to Visit Thailand (Reason #1)

Hello world!

In light of my recent decision to study abroad in Thailand again (learn more here), I’ve decided it would be fun to create a list of reasons why everyone should visit Thailand! I have come up with 8 reasons (in no particular order), and will be sharing them over the next two weeks.

Reason #1: Visit Hat Suwat Waterfall at Khao Yai National Park

So you’re probably wondering like, what is this random waterfall? Why would she make this the first post? Don’t worry! This is not just some random waterfall! This is the waterfall where the famous waterfall scene from “The Beach” was filmed! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beach_(film) But regardless of whether or not you care about the movie, this place is worth checking out. To get there from Hua Hin, where I stayed, we took a bus from Hua Hin to Bangkok (reason #3 to visit Thailand), and another from Bangkok to the park. It is located about 2 hours west of Bangkok.

In order to have enough time to see the falls, we camped out in the park, at Lam Ta Khong campground.

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We arrived in the later afternoon, and the campground was packed! It was near a holiday and many Thai people were out camping. We rented a tent and tarp for super cheap, and set up camp in an empty area. (We found out the next morning why nobody else camped there, the ground around us had turned to muddy mush!)

The campground was quite beautiful! It is totally surrounded by tall forests, has a stream with a small waterfall, a scary old bridge to walk across, and an amazing sunset view.

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Early the next morning, we set off on our journey to the waterfall on foot. The sun beamed through the trees in such a magical way. Combined with the jungle all around us, it really felt like a fairy tale. We has some insanely beautiful views on that walk. It was my first time being in a real jungle, and I was totally in awe of how majestic it was.

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It was quite a long walk, I don’t know exactly how far, but eventually we got to the falls. It was totally beautiful and totally worth the trip!

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What do you think? Have I convinced you to go to Thailand yet? 😉

Keep your eye out for post #2 in the next few days! Thanks for reading!

-Eliot

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