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We first noticed this waterfall on the way to Ranong, it was a trickle spilling over the mountain way off in the distance.
However when we were returning to Phuket it had turned into a massive torrent, the photos do not do it justice - it is huge. Next trip we would like to go right to the top of this massive waterfall.
The area is also home to a unique species of crab. Known to locals for years as Pu Chao Fa, this fresh water crab has just been recently classified by the scientific community and added to the world's list of shellfish.
Written Mar 18, 2009
Ranong is famous for two things:
It is close to the border of Burma, where a lot of tourists or immigrants go when their visa is running out to renew it - this is called "Visa Run".
And then we have here the hot springs.
Some hotels have real Spas and indoor pools with water from the springs. But there are also public places where you can go bathing in them - for free!
One of this is at Wat Tapotharam.
The Wat and the baths with the hot water are located at the River or Hatsompan Channel.
The water is really hot. In some bassins you can hardly put your feet in without feeling that you will be cooked and well done in about 10 miinutes. In other pools the water is mixed with river water and cooler. there you can actually sit in.
Or you just sit into the small river, the water is still wuite warm because of the springs.
Thais do not undress to have a bath. As you can see in my picture, they bath with the clothes on. The umbrella is also not because it is raining, but because they want to avoid getting tanned by the sun. White skin is nobel.
One nice thing: the (Thai) toile in the restaurant nearby had also warm water in the water bassin with that you wash and flush.
Written Mar 5, 2006