As a special treat on my birthday we decided to rent a car for the day and get out of the city.
I’m so glad we did. We headed to the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, about an hour south from Hua Hin. We had heard about a hike to a cave with a hidden shrine. Sounded fun.
We drove for about an hour, seeing some beautiful areas, very rural with lots of fields of pineapples. We arrived at the hike entrance where we paid 200baht each (about 6 dollars- surprisingly expensive) to enter. There were not many people, but the ones who were there were queueing for the boats that transport visitors around the headland to start the hike to the cave.
We chose however to go over the headland, on a very steep and very rocky path. Once over the first mountain we began the straight up hike to the Phraya Nakhon Cave. It was only about 500 meters but it was unrelentingly steep. I’m sure I sweated gallons.
Oh but was it worth it. As you enter the cave you go deep down, first into a large cavern then through a passage way into another cavern. And then there it is. Like something out of a fairytale. A beautiful little shrine, sitting in the sunshine peeking down through the opening above the cave.
I have had a few experiences in my life where I have tackled a physical challenge, to be so perfectly
rewarded. As I stood in the cave admiring the beauty and relishing the silence with only a handful of people, I thought of all the people back in their
lounge chairs at the pool or on the beach. Those who can’t or won’t attempt a challenge despite the reward on the other side.
I will strive to always be willing to at least try. The reward is so great.