Today, S and I had planned to do a cycling tour to the villages. We woke up to the sound of torrential rain coming down (we are travelling in the wet season after all) so promptly call off that plan.
I am starting to feel the last few weeks catch up with me so I decide to have a good old fashioned sleep-in. I’m on holidays after all!
Feeling refreshed from catching up on sleep, I’m ready to head out. The rain has subsided to a light drizzle and we grab a tuk-tuk and head out to Tham Phu Kham Cave.
Arriving at the cave, visitors are advised to have a head-lamp (check!) as the cave can be very dark in parts. A short hike up rewards you with a beautiful cave.
Perhaps it’s the time of year, perhaps it’s the weather, but there is no one else at the cave and we have it all to ourselves.
Just outside the cave is the Blue Lagoon, named for obvious reasons. Local boys egg each other on from tree branches to jump into the lagoon.
As we head back into town, the rain eases up. We decide to hire a motorised scooter to do some more exploring of the country side. Despite having no prior experience, we hire a scooter for the afternoon for $8AUD! The guy at the rental place gives us a quick lesson and we’re off.
We spend the afternoon riding around to small villages, stopping off for a bite at the Organic Farm and food stalls on the side of the road.
The countryside is beautiful and it’s easy to lose the afternoon here.
By the time we’re back in town, my stomach is rumbling and I’m ready for some more street food. We walk around town and pick a place that looks popular with the locals. I’m not sure what the name of the restaurant is but the sign just read “Grilled chicken, pork and duck”. Sold.
The meat is grilled over coals in front of us and we simply make our selection.
The meat is tender and delicious. Simply served with basic greens and plain noodles, you wrap up the meat in some green leaves and pop it into your mouth. Fast, tasty and dirt cheap. This is why I love SE Asia!
Oh, we even had a very well behaved dining companion!