Crouching under tight pinches and long green snakes coiled into towering limestone rock, we emerged at a waterfall where an old lady taught us to make rice noodles by hand. Known as “Loei’s Kunming” thanks to a landscape resembling the Southern Chinese region, Suan Pha Hin Ngam and Nam Tok Phaeng Din made for a thrilling adventure.
This “Forest Park of Beautiful Stones” is nestled down a side road amid countryside famous for its rock formations. The moss-covered karst cuts straight up in many places, reaching 800 metres at the highest point. While longer treks can be arranged, we settled for an hour-long guided hike through a forest with rocks resembling various animals and other objects.