Saturday, February 27, 2016


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Some snippets of news from Southeast Asia. But mostly Thailand. 

First off, the Bangkok Post of Oct. 1 (2015): 
'After first pledging nothing would change under its management, the government says it will now close a Nakhon Nayok waterfall due to a spat with local leaders it took the site from.
The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department has waged a legal battle with Nakhon Nayok Provincial Administration Organisation (PAO) over the right to oversee the famous attraction'.
With reference to the Nang Rong waterfall, as the picture compares to another article from the same source, same date.  
Apparently the row goes back to the 1950's when the then ruling junta had a private residence built on what should have been public administered land around the waterfall. The residence was eventually given to the province, but the Forest Administration believe that it could never be given to the province as the construction was illegal. 

Pasak Ngam Village. When life give you waterfalls, go swim naked in them!
Chiang Mai province, source

An article from the August 23 (2015) by Bangkok Post on chasing waterfalls:
'Slippery slopes: Accompanied by forest wardens, researchers from the Royal Project and the Chulabhorn Research Institute cross a creek in Doi Phu Nang National Park.
The 1,400m trail led to the picturesque Khun Kon Waterfall, but my companions and I did not climb the mountain for the waterfall alone. We had gone there to see what kind of ferns and fern allies it had to offer to medical research'.
Basically the article is a shorter version of this, researching ferns in Thailand's Chiang Rai province, notably the Lam Nam Kok National Park.
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Somewhere on Bali, source

From Khanchanaburi province an outtake on the cave leading to the Tri Tong waterfall (see our visit), surely one of Thailands natural surprises.

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In Thailand, the El Niño and assorted climate effects are leaving the waterfalls dry. So reports the Bangkok Post (Feb. 17, 2016). Among the affected are also Erawan and Huay Mae Khamin though the drought is nation wide. So coming months may not be the best to visit a waterfall, especially in central and northern Thailand.

Cha Ung waterfall in Banlung. #sunsoutbunsout #getyourassintonature
Banlung, Ratanakiri, Cambodia, source

A primer for the waterfalls of the Bolaven plateau (Laos) by loadsofroads (Dec. 2, 2015).

As always (alas), waterfalls are more dangerous than they look like. The BBC (Feb. 27, 2016) reports on how three Britons died while clambering on Dalanta waterfall, Vietnam. The falls themselves are a tourist trap with hopefully assorted safety concerns, so it's quite strange how this accident could have happened.
Likewise three waterfall soakers died last September at Sakai waterfall, Ninh Thuan (Vietnamnews, Sep. 28, 2015), here the cause was a flash flood.

From Thailand the news that even on Samui one needs to heed the call of the waterfall. The Bangkok Post (Jan. 7, 2016): 
'... the man plunged the equivalent of eight stories from a viewing area about two-thirds the way up the 39-metre-tall Khun Si waterfall in tambon Mae Nam, Pol Cap Sirachat Kamunee, a duty officer at Koh Samui police station said'. 
Only months before the same had happened (Daily Mail, Sep. 1, 2015), surprisingly at the same location.

Measures to be taken at Sedudo waterfall (East Java) after a cliff fall resulted in three deaths (Jakarta Post, Jul. 23, 2015). The article highlights natural events causing deaths at waterfalls and beaches.

I actually could go on and on but it's an astonishing amount of how recreating with water in general seems to be underestimated as well as cliff faces surrounding waterfalls. Let's just conclude with the call to be safe out there ....
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