Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tag

Straight chilling after a big sweaty hike. Tag your skinny dipping partner in the comments. 🍑
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#skinnydip#khaora#kohphangan#kohphagnan#thailandtravelstories#swimminghole#wanderer#wanderlust#islandvibes#mountainvibes#jungle#travelcouples#explorethailand#coupleslovetravel#adventuretogether#traveltogether#getnaked#digitalnomadcouple
A quick flow through Southeast Asia's more off waterfall-themed photo's. Of recent. Sort of.
Above living the dream on south Thailand's Ko Phangan.

But before dipping on more Thai falls and jungle streams, following are just a selection of Bali's best.

thalia_emar_ at Kanto Lampo waterfall:
Freedom ❣️
#instatravel#bali#waterfall#nature#travel#happy#free#nakedinnature
#nakedplanet#wildernessculture#wild#bae#babe



shan_unit at Nungnung waterfall:
Some people call it freedom. I call it a lot of convincing! 🙃I can get pretty self-conscious, so doing this was rather daring, but damn, it felt so good. Happiness overload!....#baliswhitestbutt#balibucketlist#seasia#travel#freethenipps#waterfallsofinstagram
Radiation
paulinapassionflower at Cunca Wulang waterfall:
What. A. Feeling.I find so much joy in simply feeling How glorious it is to feelWe get to feel joy and sorrow and relaxation and confidence and hunger and fulfillment and nourishment and frustration and empathy and pure loveHow lucky are we to feel physical sensationLike when the wind dances on our skinWhen tears stream down our face The goosebumps that happen when you receive that electrifying touch and affection from someone you love or from a tree offering ancient intelligenceWhen you dive into a waterfall as it nourishes your body and you feel wisdomThink about the awe of your mind when you see a rainbowWe are Spirit. Radiating out of geometry Lovely lovely lovely love.
More Indonesia. And around. 
Above on the island of Flores. Following the Philippines (Palawan (Papawyan waterfall) then Siquijor (Cambugahay falls)).

On a rock #nakeynakeynakey👀...#papawyanfalls #waterfalls#portbarton #palawan #philippines#bikinikindoflife #bikinigirl#sunsoutbumsout #getnaked #travel#travelgirl #girlswhotravel #radgirlslife#adventure #explore #wanderlust#backpacker #backpacking #traveller#solotravel #lovetotravel#beautifuldestinations#adventuresworthsharing
Don’t breathe. 😅
htunpaingseau
#Myanmar #naked#nakedinnature #waterfall #gay#instapic #instanaked #trip #daytrip#Mandalay #deedote #bluelagoon#freshwater . . #memories #instamemo#2019 #folloforfollow#travelphotography #relax #love #😛😛#🐕 #📷
The first (above) here from Burma? A risk taker at Dee Dote Yay Pyar waterfall (Shan state, north of Mandalay). 
Following at Bach Ma near Hue, central Vietnam.


seracenoon

bach ma national park - vietnam
Soulsearching
My natural habitat ✨🌳 •#visualsofearth#takemoreadventures#theoutbound#awakethesoul#wildernessnation#peoplewhohike#earthspirit#amongthewild#wanderer#thailand#thailand#wildwomen#naturephotography#alpinebabes#thailandtravel#internationaltravel#backpacker#fulltimetravel#vanlife#solofemaletravel#gypsy#lifeontheroad#alpinegirls#wildnout#womenwhoexplore#krabi#wanderwoman#kohlanta#getnakedworldwide#getyourassintonature
Heading back to where we began, Thailand. More southern Thai, Ko Lanta above, western coast. On the main land, Phang Nha, while Mork Fa falls are located in northern Thailand (Chiang Mai).

emilyramai
Skinny dips in the Sa Nang Manora forest
We had the waterfall all to ourselves today. So of course I took advantage of that. PC: @aussii #🍑#thailand #mokfawaterfall #naked
A local told us about this beautifully hidden
#waterfall
… zoom in at your own risk 😳😉
#nakedpeople
#nature
#thailand
#healthylifestyle
#APTretreats
#assassinpt
Then finishing off where we started, on Ko Phangan island both above and below.


I found my own private waterfall. So I stripped right down and jumped in. Wouldn’t you?...#thailand#kohphagnan#doyoutrave#openmyworld#thattravelblog#travelpreneur#digitalnomads
#workfromanywhere#lifestyledesign#travelgirl#travelsolo
#solotraveler#skinnydipping#dametraveler#travelingladies#thetravelwomen#diariesofasinglegirl#wildandfrid#adventuretime#lovetotravel#canadianabroad#thailanddestiny
#travelstoke#wanderlust

#womenwhoexplore#womenwhotravel
#travelgram#nakd#adayinthailand#travellife

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Truth

Washing off 2017 like
Starting off the new year, once again from Bali (Indonesia);the better finds (read the more risqué) tend to come from here. 
Maybe it's a goodbye to 2017 (above); somehow I have only come around to publishing this Juuk Manis waterfall photo now.

Below a no-named waterfall on northern Bali elicits a great story in support of clothesfreedom; pity that our mainstream internet publishers require self-censure, so much for the advancement of humanity.

Back to the days we swam and had showers in epic waterfalls that we had all to ourselves ✨ it feels good to get out of cloth, material & covering up our bodies, it lets us breathe and be as we are, getting some sunshine rays on where it don’t hit 😂 (to majority of society who judge someone/people who express themselves through nudity not modesty) ya clearly don’t require to run around outside in circles naked chanting and advising the public you’re a hippy but truth be told who doesn’t chill around the house or with their close mates naked or shower or get changed or have sex or sleep naked like you’d be lying to yourself mate no need to make it taboo or sexualise nudity when it isn’t the intention nor the right moment. For me personally comfort is necessary if I wanna be clothes-free hahahah like gluten free. If it’s with a person or people I vibe with there can’t be awkward or judgmental energy because quite frankly that’s gross. My sense of humour is fucken weird so generally get naked for a lol or a joke. welcome to my morning mind 😘 hope you got to know me a little bit more past the surface gbye
Free. Naked. Happy. ...#free#nature#naturelovers#lovenature#naked#love;#freedom;#travel#traveler#traveling#backpack#backpacking#waterfalls#wasserfall#globetrotter#2monthtravelling#bali#indonesia#indonesien#ubud#dreads#dreadlockcommunity#dreadshare#dreadhead#wonderlocs#girlwithdreads#dreadsofinsta#freetheboobies;#freetheboobies😁
More Bali (above) while we also have from adjacent Java:

krisdiandro at Curug Leuwi Hejo, west Java:
It’s December 10th🎂
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Lemme be in my Birthday Suit 🙊
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#SagittarianRULES #BreakTheInternet
Choice
Monsoon Mondays #privatewaterfall #skinnydip #malaysia#holidaystyle #eindelijkopvakantie
Heading up the peninsula, above a solitary waterfall attributed to somewhere in Malaysia.

The southern islands of Thailand, are not too far away. Surprising how these islands all note waterfalls to enjoy nature.
Below the no. 2 waterfall on Thailand's Ko Samui (east coast).

The uphill scramble in 80% humidity and flip flops was worth it for this... 😍😍😍
Faire une pause et laisser mon corps reprendre ses droits. J'ai dansé ce matin et je me suis baignée dans une cascade cet après midi, voilà mon genre de fête 🎉 🎉
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Les consultations sont terminées pour cette année et en pause pour plusieurs semaines, le temps que j'écrive le plus gros de mon livre en cours et que je prépare ma reprise en consultations pour février ou mars. J'ai envie de prendre des vacances mais mon cerveau continue de fonctionner à plein régime après ces derniers mois intenses 🙃.
Quand on est entrepreneur.e il est difficile de mettre de coté son travail, surtout les premières années... On est constamment en train d'anticiper les prochaines étapes. Je lâche un peu du lest en faisant des activités qui sollicitent moins ma tête et plus mon corps, je me dis que les bonnes idées resteront et que les mauvaises repartiront si je ne me suis pas précipitée pour les noter 🤓.
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J'apprends aussi à me demander ce dont j'ai besoin et à me le donner, c'est plus simple pour moi ici j'ai bien fait de venir ♥️
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Et vous ? De quoi avez-vous besoin ? .
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#selfcare #care #love #selflove #ichooselove#waterfall #thailand #kohphangan #naked#skinnydipping#naturo #naturopath #naturopathy #nature#wild #water
Above a no-named waterfall on Ko Phangan, just north of Samui, both part of Surat Thani province. 

Unfortunately for the lookers, from here onwards, there's a bit of text to be dealt with, as I will share a couple of news clippings.
The Bangkok Post (Dec. 13) heads down south to Nakhon Si Thammarat
'Located 807km from Bangkok and about 30km or a 30 minutes' drive from Muang district, Phrom Lok Community has numerous natural attractions, local food and a variety of fruits for tourists to enjoy. A must-see in the community is Phrom Lok Waterfall visited by several royals. This waterfall is one of 10 in Khao Luang National Park....The TAT wants community tourism to attract a new generation of tourists by selecting communities in line with their needs. A team of designers from Bangkok University was invited to decorate and present local dishes in an interesting way and renovate homestays in 14 local communities, including Phrom Lok. Selected social media volunteers were invited to tour the communities and post their photos and comments'.
Following, off South Thailands west coast, the island of Ko Lanta. The waterfall located on the south of the island near Khlong Chak.

Found the fall 💦 #khlongchak#waterfall #kohlanta #thailand #krabi#jungletrek
Self censured
Doei Chiang Mai, tot de volgende 👋🏼
Heading north, northern Thailand is our next hot spot. 
Above the Huay Kaew near Chiang Mai city (top), while just outside thChiang Mai city boundaries is the Monthathan waterfall.

สวัสดี 😝🙈
The Bangkok Post (Nov. 1) takes a look at Chat Trakan (Phitsanulok):
'The other day while waiting out a heavy rain, my thought somehow drifted to Namtok Chat Trakan National Park of Phitsanulok province. Its namesake waterfalls are among those that often become lifeless in the dry season. I still remember that in 2016, the falls had to be closed to visitors from late March to the end of April simply because there was so little water. With plenty of rainfall this year, I expected that Chat Trakan waterfalls were likely to be at their best. So last weekend my friends and I made a trip to the park. Not only were we not disappointed, but the park amazed us with some pleasant surprises.
We arrived at the park in the evening just before the checkpoint was closed. We quickly pitched our tents at the camping ground and went to sleep early, partly because we were tired from spending the entire day on the road and partly because we wanted to wake up fresh the next day ready for the hike to all seven levels of the falls'.
Below is from Pai (Mae Hong Son province).

r o o t s 🌱
Now well and truly sans photo, we head from Laos.
The Bangkok Post (Dec. 27):
'When tourists go to the Unesco World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos, many immediately think of Buddhist temples, such as Phra That Phou Si, and the simple yet beautiful way of life evinced in traditions like sticky-rice almsgiving. As a matter of fact, Luang Prabang has numerous natural attractions, such as waterfalls and Tham Ting (Pak Ou Cave) for visitors to enjoy. One of the most popular spots is Kuang Si Waterfall. Nestled in a tropical forest about 30km from the town centre, Kuang Si Waterfall has water all year round. In the rainy season, from April until mid-October, tthe water is deep green and people can hear the sound of the falling water from a long distance. In the dry season, from November until March, the water is bluish due to the presence of minerals such as copper.
A large number of tourists, both Lao and foreign, enjoy themselves at the waterfall. Many like to swim and soak themselves in the fall's natural pools. Jumping must be done with extreme caution while diving is prohibited there. Wearing bikinis and very revealing swimwear should be avoided'.
Odd this last sentence, there's nothing within Lao culture which would require this advice.

The Phnom Penh Post (Dec. 21) has an article on a lesser known waterfall in Pursat province:
'Chhay Roka Waterfall, with its beautiful wild flower strewn waterfall and its natural swimming pool, is fast becoming a popular spot for both local and foreign tourists, and its isolated location down small, winding paths means that motorbikes are the transport of choice for those who venture to this glorious location.
Located near Veal Veng district’s O’Som commune, situated in Pursat province, Chhay Roka Waterfall is a natural wonder estimated to be 40m high and 25m wide, with its swimming pool 2m deep. 
“Visitors can hire motorbike from nearby villagers or a homestay guesthouse. They reach the area by passing though banana plantations and forested areas." 
“It only takes one hour, but drivers can easily lose their way if they do not have experience, so we recommend a guide,” said homestay owner and local guide Noun Lim. 
Lim is head of Osoam Community Centre and runs a homestay guesthouse situated on the villages’ famously cold lake.
He also acts as a local guide, helping tourists organise hiking and camping trips to the area’s many waterfalls, as well as wildlife spotting trips to Samkos Mountain (‘Ghost Mountain’). 
“Most of our visitors are foreigners who wish to camp at waterfalls over night . . . tourists also enjoy trekking to see wild elephants, bison and bovine in the Ghost Mountain too,” Lim said.
Tourists who wish to visit this untouched waterfall must head along National Road 55, turning left at Veal Veng district’s Promouy Market until they reach O’Som commune. Sport-utility vehicles are recommended even during dry season'.
Grilled scorpions, snakes, magots and spiders? Yikes. Kullen [Siem Reap, Cambodia] Mountain and falls was absolutely beautiful and MUCH more impressive than I thought it would be. Glad my drone didn't crash too. Did you know that a lot of Cambodian villages don't have access to clean drinking water? Unclean water means a multitude of illnesses being spread to families and especially to young children. If you'd like to help, donate here: gogetfunding.com/clean-water-for-cambodian-villages/ Or their Facebook page for more information: https://m.facebook.com/cleanwaterfork... To help distribute water filter to people who need it most, a little can go a long way!

Innature


Me and four other travellers headed down from the homestay to Ban Gioc to experiance Vietnam's largest waterfall.Ban Gioc is the fourth largest waterfall in the world that sits on an International border. It's 30 meters high and 300 meters wide and was one of the most incredible moments of my life. To share it with fellow likeminded traveller's and be energised by the cool, clear water made it even more wonderful.
Heading eastwards, above Ban Gioc, northern Vietnam, below Kay-Ibon Falls (Luzon, Philippines), while rounding this edition off with a uncharacteristic entry from Taiwan.

rizzahdemesa at Kay-Ibon Falls, Luzon, Philippines
Let go and let life happen.
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20181207既然這裡都沒人的話那我就脫了..#宜蘭秘境 #南澳 #扇子瀑布 #清水溪 #南澳北溪 #金岳瀑布 #花蓮黑辣日常 #gopro#goprohero7 #taiwan #nanao#taiwanwaterfalls #goprophoto #outdoorgirl#nakedinnature

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Into deep

Somewhere deep in Southeast Asia… 🍑🍑🍑💦
Are we comfy? 
Well hang tight because following seems to be an exceptional lengthy piece of what's trending in word and with pictures. 
As concerning enjoying Southeast Asia's natural fresh waters ...

Starting off with the website Traveltriangle which has been doing a lot of publishing on the regions waterfalls.
'10 Best Laos Waterfalls Every Traveler Should visit For A Rejuvenating Break
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Pure shimmering water cascading down rocks and cliffs, makes Laos waterfalls a sight to behold. Some of the best waterfalls in Laos are in Luang Prabang while others are scattered across the country, each more alluring than the other'. 
'10 Magnificent Waterfalls In Thailand That Showcase The Magic of Nature!...Apart from these must things to do, this country is also a home to world’s most beautiful waterfalls resting away from the clutter of city life. Adorned by the lush-green surroundings, there are numerous waterfalls in Thailand'.
 
psico_tico at Mae Yen, Chiang Mai:
А вот и сам виновник нашей прогулки и экшн, который творится вокруг 
'These 8 Waterfalls In Vietnam Are Beautiful Enough To Sweep you off your feet!
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Vietnam is famous for its beautiful landscapes, lit nightlife, and a good amount of historical sites. But if you have explored all and want to see more, then the waterfalls in Vietnam will help you live the dream. Offering jaw-dropping sights and giving peace to mind and soul, they are must-visit!' 
'10 Majestic Waterfalls In Malaysia That Are Beyond Words!
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Did you know that there are over 100 known waterfalls in Malaysia? That is a lot! And the deep and dense jungles, without a doubt, might be hiding many more magnificent ones that are yet to be discovered'. 
And Bali:
'10 Picturesque Waterfalls In Bali Where You'll Find Heaven On Earth
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Bali is home to some of the most gorgeous waterfalls that not only offer a heavenly experience but also breathtaking vistas that soothe your tired soul'.
soo.zee.q  at Juuk Manis (Bali):
 I’m not coming home. 📷 @spiritoftheunicorn
Able
Staying with Bali.
IndonesiaTripCanvas has an overview of 18 Bali hidden waterfalls:
'This exotic melting pot of an island offers much more than meets the eye. Waterfalls, for instance, have been Bali’s hidden gems that seem lesser-known to many tourists. Hidden in deep jungles and valleys, these waterfalls are as breathtaking as the beaches we find in Bali!'
Asian Wanderlust (Jul. 16) has 10 Balinese waterfalls on display:
'There are actually a number of beautiful waterfalls, most of which are even swimmable, throughout Bali that can be visited within a day'. 
nikwoodlife on Bali (Sekumpul?):
"I just want you to be happy. ⠀...and naked. "
The Mandagies have an article (Sep. 28) on waterfalls of East Java:
'So we decided to create this list of must-see waterfalls in East Java. We’re sharing some of the best photos, what to expect, and how to get to each. It’s totally possible to plan a trip here, and we’ll show you how!'
 Indonesia.travel (Sep. 21) lists 5 waterfalls on Lombok.

Assistance 
sara.n.plans at Binalayan Falls, Samboan, Cebu:
“Water is the driving force of all nature” - L. Da Vinci ...🙏🏼✨🧜🏻‍♂️🧜🏼‍♀️🌊.. .#philipines #travel #adventure #life#photography #photooftheday #la #nature#falls #waterfalls #hiddenfalls#binalayanfalls #cebu #healthy #meditation#water #yoga #swimming #se #au#barcelona girl #aroundtheworld with my #love #film #filmaker
Visitpinas has an article (Sep. 25) on waterfalls:
'Lovers of the outdoors have a lot of amazing adventures to choose from in the Philippines. One destination to explore are waterfalls in the thousands of islands comprising the Philippine archipelago. What are the best waterfalls to visit?'
I counted 26 waterfalls.

Exploretraveloka (Sep. 19) has 15 Filipino falls on offer.

fab_jk at Pulangbato Falls (Negros):
'As Fadas da Pedra Vermelha'#squadgoals #TravelBuddiesGoNude#nudism #naturism #naturismPH#naturistPH #nakedness #NudePhotography#bare #BumsInNature #nakedadventure#nude #naked #ExperienceNaturism#BareByNature #BumsOutside#NakedWander #travelnaked#pilipinasdestination #getnakedworldwide📸: @juanforfun
Adventurecatcher has 6 waterfalls from the island of Bohol:
'If you think Bohol in the Philippines is only about the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers, it’s time to change your perspective a little bit.
Bohol is a land blessed with plenty of gorgeous waterfalls and natural pools stretched across the island. With a little help from local friends, I discovered some of the most spectacular ones, but are still little known in Bohol'.
Wanderingwheatleys notes (Jun. 28) 7 waterfalls on Cebu:
'The following 7 spectacular waterfalls on the southern end of the island are not-to-be-missed during your visit to this island paradise'.
elaine_navales at Baganga, Davao Oriental:
Mamorts#buttexposure #waterfalls #nakedtruth
Suited
A recent posting of a map with 20 waterfalls in Vietnam.

beccaannerobinson at Bản Tả Phìn - Sapa (north Vietnam):
My lovely photographer @jules___jones captured some great glam shots at this waterfall, but this is my favorite one because it's a perfect shot of me clearly tripping over a rock. I'd say that 28 is going just about as expected so far 🙃
#birthdaygirl #birthdayweekend #birthdaytrip#sapa #sapaochau #swimming #nude#skinnydipping #inked #tattooed#thebigtwoeight #mountainlife#swimminghole #trek #traveltheworld#vietnam #southeastasia #SEAyoulater#beccagoestoSEA
 VietnamExpress (Sep. 23) looks at the downside:
'A South Korean youth died Saturday after he jumped off the Datanla Waterfalls in Da Lat, local reports say.
Six other tourists who jumped before him are fine, the reports said.
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Da Lat welcomed around 3.38 million tourists in the first half of this year, including 245,000 foreigners, up 20 percent from a year ago.
Safety has been a nagging concern, though, with several accidents injuring or killing visitors.
Last year, a Polish tourist and a Vietnamese tour guide fell to their deaths while climbing down a waterfall in Da Lat. A local travel firm was later fined VND100 million ($4,380) for providing the unlicensed tour in which the fatal accident took place.
In 2016, three British tourists died while climbing the Datanla with an unauthorized tour guide'.
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The sexy island of Koh Phangan is the perfect place for skinny dipping in a waterfall. That's exactly what we did this week when the temperatures reached well over 💯F and the humidity not far behind. This waterfall is just a 3 minute hike from our bungalow at Khao Raa. Thanks to the low season, we weren't interrupted by anyone during our activities 😅
We're off to the south of Thailand, where the many islands provide the backdrop to idyll's. 
Wanderersandwarriors has taken a look at the waterfalls on Koh Phangan:
'Koh Phangan Waterfalls are a sight to see if you catch them in the right season. So here’s our guide to the top waterfalls in Koh Phangan and when to visit'. 
Emilia swirled with waterfalls to swim and drove for a moment even to the edge of the pool, where she left the drop.
Translated from Vaupas Valita on Ko Samui.

But it's not plain sailing on Samui. 
Beware. Bangkok Post (Feb. 23): 
'A 32-year-old Czech man has fallen to his death from a cliff at the Bang Khun Si waterfall on Koh Samui after entering an off-limits section to take a selfie.
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Two other tourists have previously fallen to their death from the cliff, and three others have been injured in falls, he said. The most recent was on Feb 18 this year, when a Russian was injured.
A common thread throughout the wider region; nearby Phuketnews (Oct. 15) also reports on tragedy:
'A 25-year-old man died after leaping into a rock pool at Bangpae Waterfall in Pa Khlok, Thalang, yesterday afternoon (Oct 13)'.
ruthmichellecody on Phuket:
Say "I am beautiful" enough and you will start to believe it! 🍃 the power of the mind is so underestimated... #getnaked #selflove #mind #happiness #lovelife #lovenature #nature #explore #wanderlust #travel #loveyourself #beautiful #behappy #yoga #life #beauty #daretobedifferent #waterfall #free #positivevibes #bodypositive #skin #body #model #dance
#bohemianspirit#gypsysoul
A strange article from the Asia Times (Oct. 19):
'Videos of tourists and their guides at a waterfall that is off limits to the general public in a national park in Thailand have gone viral and angered officials.
Videos showing the Pong Ping Waterfall inside a restricted area in Khao Laem National Park in Kanchanaburi province went viral as they showed directions and details about how to get inside the no-go area of the park'.
No mention why either the waterfall is off-limits nor why the waterfall is so sought after.

Itsadrama (Oct. 4) on a visit to Buatong waterfalls near Chiang Mai:
'It is a city [Chiang Mai] that holds many strings to its bow – one of those being The Sticky Waterfall, also known as Bua Tong Waterfalls. The Sticky Waterfall in Chiang Mai is a local secret, it is hidden in the Si Lanna National Park and makes the perfect day trip to escape for a few hours and relax in Thailand. With the local people'.

jay_hippy at Nong Khai

'For this is what nature does; it sets fire to the soul, energizes, rejuvenates, teaches and elevates you.'#amazingthailand #waterfallwednesday#backpackerstory #worldnomads#womenwhoexplore #passionpassport#exploreasia #solotravel #teachabroad
Eyecatching
Crazy tourist has the right intro to the people's republic:
'15 amazing waterfalls in Laos'.
borbmari at Tad Xe:
Luang Prabang 💛 #tbt
The Vientiane Times (Jul. 24) looks at the natural potential of the nation:
A waterfall in Houn district of Oudomxay province has caught the eye of provincial tourism authorities who hope it will do the same for more visitors.
Officials of the provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department said the waterfall cascades over several levels, each of them at a different heights ranging from six metres to 20 metres.
The waterfall is located at Katangya village and is known locally as Nam Haeng about 24 km from the urban centre of Houn. The verdant area has lots of natural plants and wildlife species and visitors can swim in a clean natural pool.
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“Authorities have surveyed the waterfall with a view to opening it to the public, and they would like to develop it by constructing more facilities to attract tourists.”
Authorities plan to upgrade the asphalt road leading to the waterfall, improve other infrastructure and introduce new activities as part of efforts to spur the growth of tourism.
They believe the waterfall will prove to be a popular destination if it is more widely advertised and officially opened to the public.
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The top three tourist sites of the province are Nam Kat waterfall and Chom Ong cave in Xay district, and Singkham Buddha temple in La district.
Forest trekking, zip-lining, and ATV bike rides have proved to be the most popular activities with visitors at Nam Kat waterfall.
Chom Ong Cave is 16 km long, 15 metres to 50 metres wide, and its height ranges from 25 metres to 100 metres.
Vientiane Times (Oct. 4):
'Nam Ha National Protected Area of Luang Namtha province has recently been named as one of the top ten ecotourism destinations in Asia, according to the website tripstodiscover.com.
Nam Ha is a national protected area in northern Luang Namtha province. This mostly forested park is home to a variety of ethnic groups and diverse animal and plant species making it an ideal ecotourism destination'.


tahliaelise at Khao Sok (southern Thailand):
I am so lucky to be able to have spent your 22nd birthday travelling around Asia with you. Even though I’m slightly sick of you saying ‘Hello’ to every single person who walks by, your pure joy and welcoming, friendly heart is so beautiful and infectious 🖤🐞 Happy Birthday Ladybug x #GandTtakeonAsia
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More south the Phnom Penh Post (Oct. 19) also looks at developing natural surroundings:
'In a country where the tropical weather has caused Cambodians to prefer chilling in the water on weekends or during holidays, the waterfall is one of their most favourite destinations.
However, in Mondulkiri, the famous Bou Sra waterfall is often crammed to capacity. So travellers who wish to escape the crowd and enjoy quiet moments can drop by Or Angkal waterfall on the road to Bou Sra.
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In a country where the tropical weather has caused Cambodians to prefer chilling in the water on weekends or during holidays, the waterfall is one of their most favourite destinations.
However, in Mondulkiri, the famous Bou Sra waterfall is often crammed to capacity. So travellers who wish to escape the crowd and enjoy quiet moments can drop by Or Angkal waterfall on the road to Bou Sra.
Here, the monsoon rains ensure that water flows from higher grounds into canals and basins, creating a waterfall near the road.
As the seven-meter high waterfall flows, it brings with it a creamy, coffee-coloured water that separates into two and falls into a big hole which is about 10 metres deep and under the shade of large trees. Visitors run and play as they chase one another along the route downstream.
The Or Angkal waterfall is located in a yet-to-be-named village in Am Poum commune, Pich Chreada district, in Mondulkiri province. It is 10km from the Koh Nhek crossroad en route to the Bou Sra waterfall, or 20km from downtown Mondulkiri province.
It exemplifies the beauty of nature and is nearer than the Bou Sra waterfall which is popular for tourists travelling from Sen Monorom town. Unfortunately, despite its beauty, the Or Angkal waterfall is not well known or popular among tourists travelling to the famous Bou Sra waterfall, and hence, they often bypass it.
This is despite the fact that it is located only some 100 meters from the Bou Sra road and the Ou Fly resort where tourists in their vicinity can get down from their vehicles and walk just a few minutes before coming to it.
Ou Fly resort manager Ieng Sithol, 46, who lives near Or Angkal said travellers are unaware that the area has beautiful nature, that’s not inferior to the Bou Sra waterfall. Only people living near the area visit it. But even they just spend a short time there before leaving.
Cheang Ra, 54, has a daughter who operates the Mak Meng Heng shop that sells groceries and food. It is located in the area leading to the waterfall. He says that mostly ethnic people visit the waterfall. “Tourists don’t know the place because there is no signboard to show its entry. The route to the waterfall is on private property too,” he says.
Ra says he plans to build a resting hut near the waterfall but is worried about the rapidly rising water when it rains. In the dry season, there is little water but even then, it is more than 10 meters deep.
With regards to the promotion and development of the Or Angkal waterfall as a resort to attract tourists now going to the Bou Sra waterfall, Ngin Sovimean, the director of Mondulkiri Provincial Department of Tourism tells The Post that there are plans afoot to do this.
“While Or Angkal is not the only the waterfall in the area, the fact is that while we have plans to develop it, we lack the necessary funds to do so. We need investors to cooperate and develop such tourist sites,” he says.
He adds: “We are happy and welcome any investor who wishes to help develop the tourism sector. We are not just thinking of resorts but even guesthouses and hotels'.
Headed out with Callum and his family from "The Hangout" to some amazing #jungle #waterfalls today.@keksoon @spacemangram@frances_palmer --#cambodia #mondulkiri #ecotourism #nature#travel #instatravel #travelgram#sustainabletourism #wanderlust #vacation#tourism #naturephotography #traveling#camping #trip #holiday #ecotravel #ecotour
Malaysia's Star (Mar. 7):
'Less than two months into the year, and already 65 people have died from drowning throughout Malaysia – a number that warrants worry and concern say Fire and Rescue Department officials.
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Yahaya [ Perak, State Fire and Rescue Department Director] advises the public to be extra cautious when they are taking part in recreational activities in rivers, the sea, mining ponds and lakes'.
The article sort of encourages visits to water based theme parks.

An extensive entry (Jun. 27) on Wanderinglinguist to Kanching falls, near KL:
'Kanching falls is a perfect place to hike near Kuala Lumpur. If you’re short on time in Malaysia but still want an adventure, it is only a 25-minute drive from the city centre, but it is perfectly secluded – a place to be surrounded by nature. If you’re staying in Kuala Lumpur and need a quick escape, Kanching falls is a great option'.

ggoia at Kanching:
Massagem natural
Haven
More bits and pieces.

The South China Morning Post notes (Dec. 27, 2017) that over the border in Vietnam there seems some leeway as to accept naked swimming:
'On the banks of the Red River, naked locals say shedding their clothes is healthy and makes them feel uninhibited, offering a chance to stray from the pack in a one-party state where social compliance is taught from a young age
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Though public nudity remains taboo in much of Asia, nudist swimming clubs have popped up in conservative China, and tourist-haven Thailand boasts several “naturalist” retreats mostly for foreigners. Public bathhouses, meanwhile, have long been popular across Japan and South Korea.
But nudist bathing and beach-going is rare in Vietnam, a one-party state where pornography is banned and communist propaganda posters are ubiquitous.
Nudity in art, photography, film and dance is subject to strict censorship by eagle-eyed authorities, though some exhibitions featuring nudes have been given the green light in recent months.
None of this fazes the men at Hanoi’s nudist enclave, who also brush aside concerns that the Red River might not be clean enough for swimming.
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Some hope the trend will catch on. “Vietnamese people should be more open when they talk about nudist bathing,” says naked bather Nguyen Thi Thuy. “We shouldn’t be so modest about it like in the past.”
 
lindsaynova (on Samui?):
Courage enters your life in many different ways. It is fearlessly standing up for what you believe to be true. Courage is being confident in your discernment and ability to speak from your heart. It is trusting that the universe is on your side, guiding and protecting you. ⠀Courage is the strength that comes from within. It is being who you truly are, without fear or judgement of yourself or others. It is speaking out when you believe strongly for or against something. It is the power to transform fear into love and bravely follow your own visionary path.⠀Courage is transformational... Transformation is courageous.⠀Trust your ability to call in the transformation that your vision requires. Find the courage within yourself to express your gifts and have confidence in knowing you can make a real difference in the world 🌎 #nakedoutdoors
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