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Wed
28
Jan '09

Day 8 – The Floating Bungalows


Today we head to our next sleeping destination, the stunning floating bungalows!

My favourite accomidations on the trip

My favourite accomidations on the trip

We headed out on longboats for the adventure.

Riding down this amazing freshwater lake was one of my favorite things in the world. I’m on a lake quite often in Ontario, but this lake in Thailand blew it out of the water. (sorry for the pun :D)

The landscape we were riding past was phenomenal, it was quite the experience.

Mountains in all directions

Mountains in all directions

I wonder how these were formed

I wonder how these were formed

More stunning landscape around every turn

More stunning landscape around every turn

Longboats are really really cool.

We took 2 and rode side by side

We took 2 and rode side by side

On the way to the bungalows we decided to stop off for some cliff jumping fun! The hardest part of cliff jumping in Thailand is climbing up to the place your going to jump off! It involves a lot of rock climbing before the jumping part!

We checked a few cliffs before finding the right one to climb

We checked a few cliffs before finding the right one to climb

We took turns climbing up the side of the ridge until we reached a nice big smooth rock to go running off of. Lots of people did sweet back flips and awesome dives. I stuck to the more basic jump techniques!

I have a little philosophy in life that I’ve been trying my best recently to live by its called just jump! I’ve learned that hesitation is the biggest cause of missed opportunities in life. It also contributes to an increase of fear. When you’re standing on top of a cliff looking in the water, if you want to jump (and obviously you know it’s safe) then don’t hesitate for a second, just jump! With each passing moment it gets harder and harder to take the leap as your fear seems to grow the more you question it. From personal experience I also know that you suffer a whole lot more if you try to slowly wade into cold water, taking it painful inch by inch rather than just jumping in and getting over it quickly. The area I think this applies the most to in life is approaching attractive members of the opposite sex. If you see someone you want to get to know, go talk to them immediately! The longer you wait, and the more you hesitate the more it will feel awkward and the more your brain can talk you out of it! Try saying the word ‘jump!’ anytime you feel yourself hesitate in life… Whether it’s a stranger you want to dance with, a worthwhile risk you want to take, or a hunch you want to follow… just jump!

Arriving at the bungalows was really cool. They were quite beautiful, and the idea of sleeping on something that floated on the lake rocked. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but the bungalows were surrounded by water on all sides. There was even kayaks for us to take out to explore the area.

They picked the perfect location for the bungalows

They picked the perfect location for the bungalows

To pass the time between swimming and drinking we played some fun games. In one of them we took a kayak and positioned it about 25 feet from the dock. Then we got a large bamboo stick and lied it across from the dock to the kayak. The idea was to make it across the bamboo stick to the kayak without falling in the water. It was incredibly difficult!! The only ones of us who did it was Bertus our leader and Paul who almost killed himself when he only got one foot in the kayak before wiping out backwards. I also learned something about the Thai people that would become really apparent for the rest of the trip, they have awesome balance and are good at anything like this! All the Thai people could do it no problem.

At night they taught us a game where we strapped a belt containing a large nut on the end, we had to swing it between our legs and hit a can across the floor. It was a race and whoever could hit the can across the room faster won, the thing was… do to the swinging motion it was really easy to sack yourself!

Tim won the most consecutive rounds

Tim won the most consecutive rounds

The best part about staying at the bungalows was that if you woke up hung over, you only had to crawl about 10 feet out of your room until you reached the cool refreshing water to wake you up and make you feel much much better.

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

I was sad to leave the beauty of the bungalows but next we were going to Koh Samui for a quick stopover adventure.

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