2023 Update. This post dates from 2014. The track leading to the pool is now almost impossible to spot , let alone follow. I haven’t been up there for a few years.
It’s always fun to head out on the scooter and along dirt tracks to see where they lead. Often there’s nothing of interest at the end and a couple of kilometers on a gradually narrowing, potholed dirt track ends at the house of a bemused rubber farmer or fisherman who probably doesn’t get many visitors. But one in a while you discover something pretty cool.
Last week I was in Klong Son valley at the north of the island and decided to follow a rough, rocky track I hadn’t gone up before. This lead uphill. There were no signs by the track but some shrubs and bushes had been planted alongside – so I assumed it lead up to a house. After a few hundred metres there was a fork. The left hand fork went another 100 metres to a small ramshackle house – so probably not the reason why the track was built.
The left hand fork was overgrown a little and steeper. It kept on climbing onto the hillside. Another few hundred metres further on I go to another fork. This time the right hand fork just led 50 metres to a dead end on the hillside. There would be great views from here as I could see the sea through the trees. The left hand fork led another 100 metres to a clearing. There was some debris from building work and directly in front a tall man made wall with water cascading over the top. By the left hand side of the wall were some steps.
At the top of the steps there’s a large pool which has been tiled and is separated into three smaller pools. It’s fed by a small waterfall just above it. A serene spot surrounded by jungle. But, just as I was thinking that this would be a great place to cool off, a 2 metre long snake swam by, so I thought better of it.