Red Lotus Lake in Thailand
As soon as I’ve crossed the border I had to get to the north of Thailand to Khon Kaen, where I was supposed to meet Thai girl met online and travel together to Red Lotus Lake. We have planned to visit Red Lotus Lake, where once a year lake is turning red, as it’s covered with lotus flowers. Next we were going to visit Phuluang Wildlife Santuary, where you can see wild animals – for example wild living elephants, and where you can find dinosaur fossil footprints in the rocks!
When we were getting near Hat Yai, I checked flight ticket prices to Bangkok and Khon Kaen. Luckily I found last minute ticket to which cost pretty much the same as bus ticket, so I’ve decided to buy it. Three hours later I was already in Bangkok. From the airport I went directly to the bus station, unfortunately fortune was no longer in my favor – the last bus to Khon Kaen has already left. As it was already past midnight and the morning bus was supposed to depart around 5 in the morning, I’ve decided to spend night on the bus station. I looked around and smiled, as there were other travelers sleeping on chairs all around the bus station. I’ve found some empty seats, tied my hand to the bag – in case someone tried to steal it while I sleep, and I fell asleep.
I woke up early in the morning and asked one of the employees, where can I buy tickets to Khon Kaen. Unfortunately he didn’t know, but as it turned out, he was extremely helpful. He asked me to follow him, he found the right place to buy tickets, and when I did, he showed me, where the bus is waiting. As soon as I sat myself inside the bus I fell asleep and woke up in the north. As it turned out, north was way colder than south, it was freezing and I had only one blouse with me. I totally didn’t expect that!
Few days after I’ve arrived to Khon Kaen I met Patch, my Thai friend. We jumped into her car and started heading to the north, to the Red Lotus Lake. The journey to Red Lotus Lake took us several hours and when we got there, we had to face a new challenge – find a local house where we were supposed to sleep. It was complete darkness everywhere, and the house where we were going to sleep was just a normal house – in which owners rent one of their rooms to travelers to earn some extra cash. Finally we managed to find the right house and as soon as we got into our room we fell asleep.
We got up early in the morning and few minutes later we were already by the lake. When we bought the tickets for the boat, I’ve noticed they have some stalls with food over there and as I was starving I asked my companion to ask the owner of the stall for price. As it turned out, it was his private food, not a food stall, but he was really kind to give us some food for free. I’m lucky everywhere I go, ain’t I? I meet nice and helpful people everywhere!
Few moments later we boarded the boat and set off. Enjoying beautiful views all around us – red lotuses awakening to life and blossoming. We were swimming among those beautiful flowers, astonishing views, birds, nature for about two hours, relaxing and taking photos of everything what surrounded us.
When we came back to our room, our housekeeper prepared breakfast for us. As soon as we were full, we head towards Phuluang Wildlife Sanctuary – a place where many animal species live free and wild. Among those animals you can see wild elephants, a lot of various species of flowers and if you’re lucky, you can find dinosaur fossil footprints in the rocks.