If you want something 'fishy,' Thailand's Namtophliu National Park in Chantaburi is the place to be. The stream is thickly populated with catfish. I can't believe how tame they are. They sense it when people approach, they come near where they know they are going to be admired, fed, or photographed:
They're not afraid of humans. No wonder my friend wants to pet them :-)
~ Crowd near the waterfall - feeding, swimming, chatting, some were just watching the activity, and I was wondering how to wade in without stepping on them because they swish through people's feet freely:
~ Friends throwing them a string beans party:
~ Delicate pink - I saw this while hiking deeper into the forest. It's growing on fissures between the rocks. Does anyone know the name of this flower?
~ A moss-covered chedi made from laterite, built to commemorate King Rama and Queen Sunantha's visit to the park in 1876. Queen Sunantha drowned when the royal boat capsized in the Chao Phrya river. A Wikipedia entry describes the drowning, "despite the presence of many onlookers, they were forbidden on pain of death to touch the queen - not even to save her life." There is a sign near this chedi that says do not stand near if you are not properly dressed. We took this shot using a Nokia phone from a distance:
This is one of the houses available for rent if you want to stay the night:
Needless to say we had so much fun. I honestly didn't want to go back to Bangkok right away. Next time I want to have a quiet weekend, breathe fresh air, or frolic with the fish again, I know where to go. Have a great week, everyone!