22-Feb-2002 -- Continued from 8°N 99°E.
From Krabi we drove to Cha-Uat south of the confluence. We found a paved road leading out of town in the direction of the confluence, which got us within 2km. Following the GPS and picking little dirt roads in the approximate direction we ended up 400m south of the spot with a big swamp in front of us. There was a little foot path heading in the right direction, but it was noon, i.e. way too hot to walk any distance. With dirt roads all over the place we decided to explore some more and try to get around the swamp. That’s how we ended up parking less than 30m from the confluence.
The confluence is located in an empty field between two little houses (Elevation 12ft, EPE: 0ft). We asked the people at one of the houses if it would be ok to take some pictures on the field, explaining that we were in search of a spot on the map. The response was: ‘Oh, you are making a map, go right ahead’.
This was the last confluence that we visited on this trip to Thailand. The first one was: 18°N 104°E.
Looking for confluences in Thailand took us off the beaten path and helped us see the ‘real’ country. We met people at almost every visit, people we would not have met if it wouldn’t have been for the confluences. We always learned something from them and had to answer lots for questions for them. The rural areas we visited don’t see many visitors either from other parts of Thailand or overseas like us. It seemed that the people we met enjoyed the little diversion our visits brought as much as we enjoyed our confluence hunt. Everybody we met was very friendly; people would always stop what they were doing for a little chat with us.