Trekking in Khao Yai National Park.

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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Flag of Thailand  , Nakhon Ratchasima,
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Highlights.

Watching Millions of Bats.
We left at 3pm the same day as arriving in Khoa Yai and headed to a natural spring for a nice dip to cool down. In our group was a friendly older German couple amongst others that we got to know. The natural spring was nothing special but it was nice to have a swim after a mornings travel. We then arrived at what looked liked a farm house with beautiful scenery across corn fields. Here we enjoyed some watermelon and watched some chickens climb trees before we headed into a cave. The entrance of the cave was inconspicuous and looked like somewhere murderers would hide bodies.....anyway inside was fairly impressive and we got a close look at bats hanging upside down and flying around our heads. We also saw a baby python before heading out for the big finale. We waited patiently in front of the hill with a small whole at the top where the bats would fly out of after sunset. With a beer in hand we watched around 4 million! bats form a steady stream directly above our heads. They were leaving the cave and heading out for food not far away. The experience was beautiful and the noise they made was so cool, almost like a waterfall. It lasts for around an hour but we could only see around 15 mins worth due to it getting dark, but such an unexpected sight. 

Khao Yai National Park Jungle Trek.
We had a small group of just 4, us and the 2 Germans and headed to the park in the back of a pick-up truck. Once arrived we donned our leech socks and took some photos of the macaques playing around in the trees. The views of the jungle on the way were great and we were all looking forward to our 3 hour trek. We reached the start and were welcomed by 2 hornbills and even though were not excited by birds, seeing the hornbills building their nest through our guides binoculars was really good. We then made our way through the jungle hoping to see some gibbons but instead soon found ourselves being attacked by the dreaded leeches. I had one on my arm which the guide promptly tugged off before we all had a few yanked off our leech socks. We saw some huge spiders along the way but sadly nothing more however the guide was nice, the trek was good and not too hot and we enjoyed the scenery. We hoped to see some wild elephants on the ride out but they didn't come out to play either. We did see a viper curled up in the roof of a cafe of all places when we stopped for fruit but that was about it. We enjoyed  chatting to the German couple as they have just come from Laos, our next destination. 

Accommodation.

We stopped in a German/Thai family run guest house just outside the national park. Mike was very friendly and his wife's cooking was truly delicious. They had two gorgeous black retrievers who were always play fighting with one another and reminded us of Max. The room was very cheap at 2 each a night, the cheapest place we've stayed in Thailand. And the whole one and a half day tour cost 30 each which again was good value. 
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