Now, I have something to admit. I drove a moped! I didn’t crash and actually did fairly well on it. It was a risky decision but we loved it and drove it for a while before our epic adventure… Katie and I drove the moped 50km to Soppong, up and down the mountain.
P Aaron came with us halfway – to the top of the mountain, the viewpoint. (So called ‘P Aaron’ as if you respect someone older than you in Thailand, ‘P’ indicates that respect. As Aaron is like an older brother to me, he becomes P Aaron).
Just after we said goodbye to Aaron, we realized we had a flat tyre. Luckily mountain rescue drove past at that point, picked the ped up and took us to Soppong!
After getting the tyre changed, we made it to Cave Lodge by Lod Cave. Katie and I had our own warm cabin in the forest with orangutans living nearby. The lodge was amazing, right by the river with a fire pit in the middle of the communal area where everyone ended up gathered in the evenings.
For 2 days we did not much other than eat, sleep, have a Thai massage and read. It was pure bliss!
On December 10th we went kayaking through the cave. I was terrified of kayaking and of the cave but combined it was brilliant! A kayaked to the cave past cows and dragonflies.
Then we entered the pitch black cave. Through the torch light I could see hundreds of ghostly white fish. It was very eery. Especially when or guide told me there was a crocodile. It was a rock and he was winding me up.
The second cave we went into was similarly terrifying. It had lower ceilings and we had to crawl through to get to the bats. There were bats on the ceiling! We turned all our torches off and I was holding onto Katie for dear life!
After the caves there were a lot of rapids. Flowing along was really fun and the cliff sides were stunning. We went down 2 dams, it was exhilarating.
Soppong was a great time, I had the space to think in peace that you don’t even get in magical Pai. We drove back super safely and once again stopped at the viewpoint to pose!