Ao Luk Kayak Rally 2010

April 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Local News & Event

From Ao Luk towards the Krabi coast are several prehistoric limestone caves in the jungle hills and mangrove forest. The immense surrealistic formed limestone outcrops are almost everywhere in the Krabi area and Thailand caves are hidden deep inside. Southern Thailand is one of the best places for exploring caves. The limestone caves are some of the real Thailand attractions. Everyone doing a trip to Thailand should do a cave tour. The climate and weather in the Krabi area is excellent, means cave tours could be done every day, only in the rainy season it needs to be careful since flash floods have killed quite a couple of people in the last years. In general its a tropical environment with scattered rain  and thunderstorms during the rainy season. The scenery has still its natural beauty and is one of the places worth to visit in Thailand, only some tourists are kayaking around. Usually well built roads makes it easy to access the area, after everyone has to use the boat to paddle through the mangrove forest. The area around Ao Luk is still not overcrowded since not many people know about the whole, its still almost free of traffic, the right place for vacation in Thailand. People paddle through the prehistoric cave and sometimes one of the long tail boat glides through the cave river. Smooth curtains of cream and white colored flowstone coating the walls, fat pale needles of stalactites dripping from the roof. Of the hundreds of caves that pock the jungle and mangrove forests the best and most informative is the Tham Lod cave. There are interesting caves everywhere in Thailand. At Soppong in northern Thailand its the “coffin cave”. No need for waterproof suits, helmets and the a lamps is carried by the tour guide, sometimes also natural light comes in. Only to see the prehistoric cave wall paintings a lamp wont be bad, if you take one of the longtail boats the boat man has a lamp with him, he will show the paintings on the ceilings. The caves are 10 – 30 meters wide and have several chambers on each side. A couple of slippery descents are to be mastered but there is no need for  experience in climbing just reach out for the cracks in the limestone when you get a uncontrollable move Long stalactites hung among wavy curtains of calcite and round knobs of stalagmites, hobbling the chamber floor. Through the Ao Luk mangrove forests several  rivers run inviting a great kayaking cave tour or in a longtail boat.



The rally is open on a first come-first serve basis. Contestants can form teams of two or three person to participate in the rally. With application fee of 2500 baht/team, each applicant will get a T-shirt and cap, along with free lunch and dinner.  This is the second annual rally ever held. Contestants will kayak to different points where they will take part in a treasure hunt to gather clues to solve a puzzle. Winners can receive up to 10,000 baht in prizes! For more information about joining the rally call Khun Gift from the Ao Luk CBT Network at 087-4706661.

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