Travel with me #64 : Adventure to the top of the Namuang WaterFall !

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If you've followed some of my last few blogs, you'll know that I had a once in a life time opportunity to visit Koh Samui, Thailand.

Aside from the endless stretches of beaches, the island is also home to a largely unspoiled natural tropical jungle at it's centre.

Today, I'll be sharing my trip to Namuang Safari Park, which is located within this large area of forestation.

It would turn out to be one of the most physically and mentally demanding, yet rewarding adventures i've had thus far.

Follow me and let's see how the day unfolds!


Namuang Safari Park is located about 12 kilometres South-east of Nathon Bay. A short journey in the car with some of the best island stretches of road ensure that the drive is thoroughly enjoyable.

Arriving at the park, the car park is shared with these massive trucks which are used to shuttle people to and from various places within the park.

The safari park has several activities and shows, and tickets can be bought at the entrance of the park.

Because of the torrid heat, there are these relaxing roof's all over the park. With such strong sunshine, you'll want to take a break after each activity and rehydrate before setting out back into the sun.

There are elephants everywhere in this Safari Park, I managed to take a few snaps of people riding them as well as a baby elephant with it's mother hanging out in the shade.



My first activity is the quad biking on the ATV.

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At first I thought i'd be riding through mountains, mud and puddles of water. I suddenly felt like I was dressed a little bit inconveniently for this activity but since I came all the way here, I thought I might as well just go with it.

This is actually my first time riding any kind of motor bike. Thankfully the routes we took were actually mostly quite reasonable surfaces. Occasionally i'd somehow drive the ATV into the bushes and come out of it scratch-less.

My fears of getting dirty were unfounded. Most of the ride was through bumpy sand and rocks. I did run over some Elephant poop a few times though!

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Next up, the mountain tour on these huge trucks we saw at the car park.

Since I was the first person to get picked up, I decided to climb to the top and sit right at the front. A little dangerous if a bit exhilarating.

The mountain tour was a rather quick ride. It mainly goes between the main Safari park, and the foot of the water falls. On route, I was literally grabbing the edge of my seat in complete fear as the truck drove ridiculously fast up and down the mountain roads.

I managed to get a snap of this lovely Buddhist shrine in one of the brief moments it wasn't shaking me around and going crazy on the road.

A very quick slide down the last hill and we're at the foot of the water fall.

Namuang Waterfall 2 (there is also waterfall 1) is the tallest and most formidable waterfall in Samui. The water falls from an impressive height of 80m.

Unfortunately, there is no easy route to the top. Just lots of climbing through what seems like an ad-hoc track.

At the base of the water fall 2 entrance, you can see the sign post pointing which way to go.

A few little huts sell some refreshments which in hindsight I should have taken advantage of.

Let's go!

The environment here is simply serene. Vegetation everywhere, and I can already see some mini pools of water trickling down from the shallow hill ahead.

These footbridges are made with just a few planks of wood, they're not designed for more than 1 person to cross at a time. It's actually a little unnerving walking across these mini foot bridges. On the one hand, they seem sturdy, but then they don't seem to be reinforced with any steel. Best to be cautious and follow their protocol.

All along this early part of the climb, it seems like the route to the top would be quite an enjoyable experience.




A few more huts along the way give me a sense of security that there's people around who can help me in the event that I have an accident.

There's even a cute dog that lives here.

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As you can see, I was dressed completely wrong for this activity. I actually didn't think that I'd have to hike my way up, especially on these very uneven climbing tracks.

Can you believe that I'm wearing sandal wedges!?

Just a few minutes into the climb, we arrive at the first pool, and this is my first proper look at the gushing water coming down from the waterfall and flowing into a natural pool.

There are people already having a swim in the pool. The scenery is magnificent, perhaps one of the most idyllic places away from the beach to have a relaxing swim and in the shade from the brilliant sun.

By this point, I had been hiking for nearly two hours. Fighting my way through ever steep tracks, and arduous terrain.

It was a real challenge not only because it was exhausting, but because the terrain became more and more perilous.

I also seemed to be the prime target for every kind of insect and bug that lived in this jungle.

My body itching, exhausted, and mentally on the cusp of defeat, I make one last push through this increasingly difficult hike.

Few people have made it thus far. In retrospect, I'm incredibly proud I held it together because just a few minutes later, I could see the light at the end of the tunnel!


I was quite lucky to have avoided the Dengue Fever. There were a few outbreaks in Thailand at the time, and with so many bugs biting me, I was quite afraid of falling ill. I guess I was very lucky!

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Time to enjoy the magnificent oasis!

The first thing I wanted to do was get in the water!

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The views here are breath taking. All around is sprawling with beautiful natural landscape.


I lie down on the rocks, and just relax.

I could feel the gushing water droplets touch my skin.

I could stay in this perfectly serene spot all day.

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From up here, I could even see the edge of the island and the sea just beyond it.

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Below, the jungle extending all the way to the grass plains and a mountain in the distance.

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I stayed here until it was nearly sunset, leaving in good time to avoid coming back down in darkness.

Despite facing an arduous descent, I was content that I had overcome one of my greatest physical and mental challenges climbing to the top. Especially wearing the wrong kind of clothes!

This experience will be deeply ingrained in my memory for the rest of my life.

Suffice to say, I slept extremely well that night.


I hope you enjoyed my adventure at the Numuang Safari Park and the breathtaking climb to the top of the waterfall.

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Wow, It's wonderful on the blogs you have made in Thailand. As a Thai 🙏🏻 Thank you. I hope you had a wonderful time. Even me as a Thai person I haven't traveled so much around and see what this country has to offer.

Elephant rides sadly should be more protected and going on elephant rides put elephants in some ways captivity. The majority of tourists aren't informed that .Minor Thai organizations are trying more so for people and tourists to support letting them live happily and freely in the wild. 🐘 so many spices are extinct because we don't let them live the way the were made to. I just wanted to tell you this as you are a big voice in this platform and perhaps can spread this to the community if you ever have the chance.:)

By the way, you look beautiful in that bikini 😘

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Thailand is amazing and I miss it every day!

Wow some stunning scenery there! How I'd love a Qigong session near the waterfall looking out at all those beautiful trees and sky!

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That would be terrific, I love watching Qigong!

The Golden Girl on the first photograph seemed Photoshopped there, but what follows is a testament to the reality of it all, including her presence there! Wow!!!

"A little dangerous if a bit exhilarating." you said hey?!? In my opinion, the picture right under this message definitely exemplified these words powerfully!

Thanks for bringing us on this trip with you, I would have loved to partake to the travels, as I LOVE waterfalls too, as you might have noticed already...

Namaste :)

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I'm so happy you read the writing so carefully, there was so much going on, the pictures might be a bit frantic!
I wanna see you do the same trip eric!

Wow , u ve very professional photografer who has good skill for taking such of those pictutes. Well done. I look that place seems like 7 fairies waterfall in Aceh. Very beutiful places @sweetsssj

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Thank you!

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Great adventure and sharing!

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Thank you for reading!

Excellent post, maybe the best I've seen!! And WOW - that is an amazing place.
Thank you for sharing the beautiful photo's with us.

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Thank you! Your comment is very encouraging! You're welcome, and I hope to see more of you :)

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You will definitely see more of me!! :-)
I believe you will enjoy a post of mine here flashy flowering flora

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when I saw your first post on Koh Samui I wanted to ask about this
I wanted to ask whether you've tried going to see the elephants and the water falls but I had a hunch you might - most people do ..
you look stunning as always!

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Thanks englishtchrivy! Elephants are such a big part of Thailand's culture, but there are also some not so good aspects about it. Still, the Elephants here seem healthy!

Thailand and Ireland are both on my bucket list. If Steem hits 10 bucks this summer I might take a trip to one of them.
With my luck I would have fallen off one of those elephants. And they'd never forget it :p

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That sounds like a good plan. In either case, Steemit has a bright future! Mmm if you fell off an Elephant, they might tramp on you!

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Being tramped on isn't a fun vacation xD

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Hey, i am new here.
How will Steem hitting 10 help ? Isnt SBD The only thing which we can withdraw ?

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You can withdraw steem. You can send it to an exchange via the transfer option.

That looks amazing! I hope to see Thailand one day!

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You must! Make it happen!!

@sweetsssj - As always, you delivered both gorgeousness and fun!

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Thanks michelle! It was pretty tough fun though, I was nearly in tears near the top, it was incredibly taxing both physically and mentally.

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I would never have known! You made it look effortless!

That was really interesting. Great photos my dear. I enjoyed that journey very much :-)

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Thanks lichtblick!

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You are very welcome :-)

🌄 wow on that 2nd to last one!! and the waterfall gif, amazing

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Truly photos to write home about, and then make all your friends and family jealous!

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you can say that again! haha :)

Really like those photos. Very uplifting and natural. Shows how beautiful nature is when you take the time see it as it is.

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Very true, with some much untouched natural landscape, it's hard to get a bad picture. Just point anywhere and shoot!

I wish I had your life. Congratulations on the way you understood to live it! 🐘🐋🦋

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aww, i'm sure you can live it too! Live your dreams and never look back!

What do you use to make those nice looking gifs?

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Ahh I see now! :)

Woow ,,,
Feels i am beside you ,,

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That's great ~~ that means my post was captivating !

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Yes, of course,,
thanks for sharing,,
Hopefully we can meet forever ,,,
Hehehe ,,, Muuuuuuaaach ,,,

The baby elephant is so cute! 🙊🐘

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It is! Like an exact mini version of the mummy.. adorable!

You´ve got some really good pictures there :) Whoever was taking them got some talent I´d say :)

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Thank you!

Always put the eyes on you only.

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Thanks !

wow, it looks great! i would wanna go there in a holiday!

You and your photographer do a fantastic job documenting these places. Another alluring post.

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Thank you! Hopefully my story helped explain the trials and tribulations of the journey too!

You may have to publish a hardbound book of all your travels. It would be a top seller in my mind! Thanks for the amazing journey you keep us on. :)

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Thanks andrewdaines, if enough people would buy it, I can definitely look into doing that! It sure would be nice to have a nice picture book of wonderful places to travel to to just flick through!

What a crazy adventure to get to the waterfall. Elephants, ATV's and pickup trucks. Thanks for the rugged ride up the mountain @sweetsssj :)

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Such a eventful day, I really outdid myself on that occasion, hard to believe it but I still came out of it okay!

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It's good to take things to the extreme once in a while, just to see what you're made of! Loads of great photos my friend :)

I like your blogs. I enjoyed reading , It was amazing.

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Thank you! Hopefully the written part helps put you in my shoes, then you can kind of feel what i felt as it happened.

very beautiful place to visit, thanks for share!!

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You're welcome. Can't just have all the fun myself and not share with you guys!

looks like an adventure, got to get to Thailand one day

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Definitely, you won't regret it. I should be like a tourist ambassador for Thailand, I really do promote that place a lot!

You definitely need your own travel show @sweetsssj!!! Always a fantastic presentation:)

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Sounds like a good idea! Haha :)

It's unbelievable how often you travel to these incredible places and bring great pictures evey time !

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I usually fill my schedule up for a while and then go to as many places as I can. I get all the pics videos etc. then sort through them ! I only just managed to get round to this one after coming back from there for quite a while!

Nice to see that you invest such amount of time into your posts on steemit. That is what the community needs :)

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thank you arsenal49, I think it's important to be proud of ones work, especially as the body of work grows.
Not to mention that I do treat this as a blog both for everyone and myself, so I do often go back and read through my own stuff!

now I am sitting here all jelous and shit.

thanks for sharing

posts like this make me want to explore the world even more

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well i'm happy that i've given you some good motivation to get that exploration started!

Hey nice photo's, i love Thailand.Never been to Koh Samui though.
I normally do the fitness thing in Phuket and then get fat again on all the great food. Bet the guide probably hadnt seen those type of hiking shoes before :) .
Voted and resteemed.

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Thanks tradetotravel, maybe next time a visit to Samui is in order. I wish I could say I understand how you feel, but no matter what I eat, I just can't seem to put the pounds on!
(the shoes turned out to be a bit of a disaster)

Great shoes for quadding

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Tell me about it :@

awesome place!

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awesome as awesome gets!

So picturesque landscapes!!!!

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Yes! Super happy I got the shots from the top!

Nice pictures and beautiful place! Got to go someday

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Thanks emily, of course you'll share your experience with us on Steemit I hope!

Resteemed!! Simply awesome, you take travel to next level

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Thanks viralcutz! Appreciate it !

Looks like a beautiful place :) Great pictures!

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cheers zhenyasden ^>^

A very nice journey! seems like a great place to visit.

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great it is!

Great post I was in Thailand in January unfortunately never got to visit Koh Samui :(

I have left you and up vote and following you to keep seeing your great travel posts

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Aww, there's always next time right?

Thanks for the follow and vote, appreciate it!

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Pretty cool adventure you had ! it could be an indiana jones experience. I adore adventures too.

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Normally i'm into the less physically demanding adventures, and I didn't expect this one to be quite so tough when I decided to come. Thankfully, I discovered an inner strength that I didn't know I had before and saw it through!

Beautiful work lady @sweetsssj congratulations, for this beautiful ride you have chosen, a very beautiful place, worthy of being visited, this trip is a real dream, you continue enjoying this apseo for paradise.
Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful pictures
Have a great day

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Thanks jlufer, looking forward to sharing more with you :)

Great series.

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cheers lexiconical!

Excellent work @sweetsssj! Thanks for pleasure travel with you! I hope you will be interested to visit with me in my Lviv!
https://steemit.com/life/@bugavi/wow-this-is-an-amazing-journey-in-lviv-gingerbread-workshop-from-bugavi-and-a-master-class-from-a-specialist

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Lovely post bugavi, very cute gingerbread bunny !!

Excellent post. When I was a kid I used to enjoy the movies about a jungle queen. Now, I can just read your post and enjoy the same.

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I've never actually seen the jungle queen before but I want to! I think I could get used to being the queen of the jungle!

Looks like it was another enjoyable day and you look lovely as ever! Keep up the amazing work! @sweetsssj ~Hratch :)

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Thank you jangaladesigns, appreciate the comment

Excellent write up and fabulous pics :)

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Thanks gyanbilli!

OMG I wish to visit Thailand! Amazing place! Cool share, thanks!

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You're welcome! Hope you get to visit Thailand sooner rather than later!

great photos, and congrats on sticking it out and making to the top, very good at overcoming this obstacle

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thanks bakewalker, often its not obviously the lengths people go through to get decent photos. This was the first time I could really appreciate that.

Great post, look forward to seeing more in the future!

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I don't get to visit exotic places like this too often, but I will do my best!

Thailand i am very curious to visit this place is beautiful

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Feed that curiosity and go visit!

this view look like amazing my dear

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Indeed! Soooo beautiful it was worth the climb!

Wow that is an amazing place .. I never been there but hoping in my next travel with family .

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That would be a fantastic trip for your family, highly recommended!

Hey, I'm currently working on a Proof of concept for a Steemit mobile app (iPad/iPhone) can I use your article to showcase the design? :)

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amazing pictures! really could need a time off at this place!!

@sweetsssj
So what did you think about the elephants? I have only seen elephants in my local zoo....I'm sure it was quite an adventure! Thanks for sharing your travels with us and for all of the colorful photos, as well!

Upvoted!

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I think it's quite sad seeing Elephants in captivity actually. Part of me enjoyed the opportunity to see them so up close, but then knowing that they are made to work long hours giving people rides all day makes me a little sad.

Otherwise, the adventure was quite amazing!

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@sweetsssj
Yes, I have always admired elephants as they are amazing creatures! I agree with you that the plight of an elephant is not always an easy or pleasant one. On a lighter note, it looks like your adventure was quite enjoyable and I appreciate the efforts in bringing us updates on your travels! Have a great day, my friend!

great pics thanks for that i need to travel more

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You're very welcome! I look forward to seeing your travel adventures :)

Uuuu, this was an awesome day with a lot of adventure in the sun and great nature! Nice place to go :)

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It was an awesome day in the end, worth the hard climb!

Is a good snapshot keeps a moment!I'm really envy you that you enjoy your life.

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Thank you chl, I agree, I think photos really help remind me of the great moments, recreating them.

Cool photo ^_^
I like it...

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Yay! :D thanks a lot!

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No problem kawan ku @sweetssj
I also have a post about photography on the last 2 posts, you can see it and hope you enjoy it.

Wow breathtaking photos. I've heard wonders on Koh Samui. Enjoyed will follow and upvote. Follow me back and your welcome to Panama. We have lush forest and incredible beaches.

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I haven't been there before, but I keep wonderful things about it. Will add it to my bucket list thank you!

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I will follow you to see more amazing pics

fantastic - thanks for the share!

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You're very welcome, thanks!

great views....and beautiful girl.....hehehe...upvote and resteem for your post.

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thanks!

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u r welcome....my friend

It was amazing to see all of your pictures and to read about your adventure. I wouldn't have been able to go across that bridge, it was crazy. I'm following so I can see and read more

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Thanks! I was quite hesitant about the bridge at first, but it was actually pretty sturdy!

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You're braver than me!!

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I'm not usually the brave type!

Awesome picture again... Great to also have the live impressions from the videos... Always getting better your content :)

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Thank you voiceofthelord, exotic travels call for lots of documenting :)

Wow what a great journey again @sweetsssj and ty for sharing us your experience and beautiful pictures.

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You're welcome rouer66, thanks taking the time to check it out!

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You're welcome sweetsssj, i like your blog. Have you been in Cambodia before? If not, you really need to visit Angkor Wat it's really amazing there.

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Another one to add to the bucket list, thank you for the suggestion!

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Nice, i'm looking forward to see your blog about that in the future :)

I don't know which I like more; the beautiful scenery or the beautiful woman. Thanks for sharing 😍

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You're very welcome feekayo, thanks for checking the post out!

Looks like a dream trip :)

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Still dream about it sometimes!

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Your so lucky you get to do this is so much haha! very inspiring

Not sure what to think of your 300mb of Animated Gifs.

Apart from costing a lot of bandwidth on a mobile it's almost crashing my computer to a halt rendering them all at once.

maybe try a much lower resolution next time.

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Oh no! Sorry about that transisto.. I'll try lower the quality next time.

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Maybe the 144 mb one could be taken off.
Edit : 147mb

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I changed it to a smaller one (40mb) hope that's ok!

Beautiful post! We are planning a trip to Koh Samui later this year... seeing your pictures wants me to leave right now hehehe.

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Thank you! I look forward to seeing your own blog on that soon! Make sure you tag me!

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I sure will! Since my parents already saw Cambodia I'm taking them to Thailand this time when they are visiting.... it will be around oct-nov! Can't wait!

That nice post very interesting the experiences of your trip and the photos are spectacular,, I hope you can go through my blog and notice my publications that largely deal with the crisis that my country is currently experiencing ... hits @sweetsssj

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i'll have a good look, thank you!

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thanks very much @sweetsssj

The park looks like an amazing place with lots of fun stuff to do. Those bridges look perilous though. Could they at least be a little wider than that?

Btw I must ask, did you pet the pupper? Tell me you did. Lie to me if you have to.

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I agree, the bridges are just so frightening.. I can't believe there hasn't been any accidents there..

What's a pupper??

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The dog. lol.

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Aww so cute! I tried to but he looked uninterested.. I think he just wanted to chill and be left alone.. :(

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On a side note:

Hey girl

I'm just messing around, don't take this seriously.

Thanks @sweetsssj well told travel story. Thanks for making it seem real to me the great photo's you posted help. cheers!

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Thanks for taking the time to have a look, I really appreciate your readership!

nice post @sweetsssj ;
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wow......wow.......wo....very tempting. You are beautiful and sexy so mine is awake and hard

Wow sweets so so good! Take a peek at todays post thought you might enjoy https://steemit.com/travel/@adriansky/dock-of-the-bay

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thanks, that's lovely!

Would love to see some drone photography of this gorgeous spot

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Sadly I didn't bring my drone for this occasion, it would have been incredibly difficult to climb that mountain bring it along. Still, I do intend to bring my drone more often, I feel like I'm not using it enough!

What an adventure. Thank you for sharing. Upvoted and followed.

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Thank you floridagypsy!

Love, love, love all the pictures!!! You must really enjoy adventure, riding on top of trucks, hanging by waterfalls. Where is the most exciting place you have ever visited?

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OOh that's a tough one.. this was certainly up there.. Can't think of anywhere else quite this exciting!

LOL, ever thought of launching your own calendar!!

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i like it....Amazing.

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Sounds like an idea, good one too!

Aloha from Hawai'i Island!

As a professional photographer I really appreciate your photos and was curious who takes them.

Andreas

PS if you and your crew ever want to come to Hawai'i Island, you now have a contact on location!

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Photo © Dynamic Eye Studios

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I have a few travel friends who I always try to bring atleast one with me. We help each other take photos so we do have a bit of practice. Still, can't be compared to professionals like yourself though!

Next time i'm in Hawaii, i'll definitely give you a call!

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These photos are pretty top notch, the photographer could enter in photographic competitions! There would be one major thing I could critique them on, if they were willing to take my advice, to take them to the next level. I could let them know what it's like to compete with judges.

It would be fun to work with you. It's best to come to Hawai'i during Big Island Fruit Fest, they tour the island for 2 weeks indulging in tropical fruit! It's scheduled for Fall but the exact dates haven't been released so far but they have a facebook group where you can get updates on the festival.

Awesome Adventure my Self As as Explorer its Fantastic Following
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thanks!

Beautiful

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Thank you!

It's beautiful.

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exotically beautiful!

photo super, you - the beauty !!!!!

I sure would like to be the person photographing you! Followed and upvoted.

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Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures.
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Thanks, i'll have a look at the article

Beautiful!

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Thank you!

Great post, you are living the dream!!

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Thanks! And more than anything, I love sharing my dream with everyone.

Wow What an amazing adventure. I have always wanted to ride an elephant! I had no idea it is so beautiful there! Thank you for sharing. You put a lot of work into this post!

Looks like a ton of fun! Really well put together post too...Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks creutzy, it was indeed a lot of fun, and very tiring too! See you soon!

Awesome, it's definitly one of the places I'll visit during my trip around the world :)
Thanks for sharing and waiting for more :)

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thank you vipek!

Wow, the scenery is breathtaking...Come visit South Korea..There are many good places...
Take a good look at the picture...I follow you again.

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Thank you! Actually South Korea is somewhere i'm looking forward to visiting. I just hope I can make it during summer as I hear the winters there are very cold!

Very beautiful. A remarkable place too. I find little dangerous seems to always be a lot exhilarating :) That being said I'm glad you got back okay.
You might try packing a pair of Lowa Renegades. They are relatively lightweight and don't need to be broken in and handle extremely well. I put thousands of miles on a couple of pairs of them...
Okay, they're boots- but you'd make any clothing look good.

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thanks for the suggestion! I will look into those. Honestly, I wasn't expecting such a climb, otherwise I would have dressed more appropriately.

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I know that feeling :). We build our worlds in wilderness so we are always in it moving along the continuum from more to less wild and vice versa.Sometimes unexpectedly a lot more.
A great adventure! :)