Sak Phu Duen
Travel Blogs from Pak Chong
... are bouncing across the globe. The Burmese visa was so easy that I was able to to get it in one day,,, and hung over! Next stop was 3 hours by bus north of Bangkok at Kao National park. We arrive to be quickly whisked off to see the bat cave after wolfing down a bowl of fantastic egg fried rice. Rather than a encounter with the caped crusader it was a cave where over 2 million bats live, all leaving at dusk for feeding. A truly ...
... Or rather I should say the top of everyone else's list was a wild elephant. I was personally terrified to catch one in the middle of a dense jungle, but I was willing to fake my enthusiasm because everyone else was so pumped! After a brief stop to put on our leech socks (yeeck) were on our way. It was apparent early on that we were going to get lucky. Our guide (who is affectionately referred to as 'monkey man') spotted some gibbons high ...
... some water, we quickly packed up, hitch-hiked out with possibly the last truck of the evening and 6 hours later found ourselves cooling off in the rooftop pool at our couchsurfing host’s apartment building.
Other animals seen:
-Asian fairy bluebird
-mountain hawk eagle
-giant black squirrel (5-6 feet long inc. ...
... and saw a snake, a budda and a few thousand bats! Later we waited outside another cave waiting for bats to fly out before dusk when they go to hunt. We were quite amazed when literally millions of bats started to fly out of this cave flying in lines twisting and turning for over 45 minutes!
The following day we got the train (3hr) to Ayutthaya which is 1.5hr north of Bangkok and was once the capital of Siam (former ...
... 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 ...