We are not sure what convinced us to do the full day trek at Rainbow Lodge.
Was it the chance to explore the Cambodian Jungle with an experienced guide?
Or the opportunity to see some unusual wildlife, creatures and/or bugs?
Or was it that we both have English relatives back somewhere and the need to go out in the midday sun and “explore the tropics” was overwhelming?
Whatever the case we loaded up with two litres of water each, layers of DEET, shoes and a warning from G that there were a few leeches on this trip. Mr Lei, our Khmer guide, headed off in front with a machete.
Because we are posting this from Cambodia, the following are some images and dot points outlining the adventure!
Most of the trek was through bamboo jungle, it was bloody hot and humid. We had NEVER sweated that much in our lives. We are talking dripping, saturated clothes type sweating.
The pace was great, Mr Lei led well and we stopped frequently for breaks or to check out the wildlife. For more detail on what you can see, check out the Rainbow Lodge website.
Rainbow Lodge had prepared lunch and nibbles. It was great and we stopped at the swimming hole below for over an hour. The water was excellent, clean and cool (ish)
The afternoon trek was similar to the morning. Still very hot and humid. The goal was the Tatai Waterfall and a final swim for the day.
We had had some trouble with leeches over the day despite slathering out ankles with DEET etc. Luckily it was very dry walking, we were told the leeches were much more active in the wet! This little unit had a great drink. It was one Frank missed.
The anticoagulant they use is amazing, needed a few beers to replace fluid volume on our return….
The Tatai Falls, it was a very refreshing swimming hole before our boat trap back to the Lodge.
In summary, hot, hot walking in a fascinating place. Would recommend long pants, gaiters and plenty of DEET to protect your legs from leeches. Great swimming holes and interesting scenery.