3 Million Wrinkled Lipped Bats!!

Trip Start Jun 26, 2013
Trip End Jul 24, 2013

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We decided to move hotels, wanting something with a little more ambiance and a view of the river. We were thrilled to arrive at our new hotel with a suite overlooking the river, high above the moving boats. It was exactly what we had in mind.

We enjoyed dinner at a restaurant we had read about the day before in a magazine we found. It is located almost directly across from Wat Arun, which is a temple-- called The Temple of Dawn. We knew it was lit up at night so made our reservation for just after sunset. The food was delicious and we enjoyed watching boats float by as we relaxed and slowed down for the day.

The next day we found our way to the bus station and rode east out of Bangkok, towards the city of Pak Chong. The ride was hot but we had a seat to ourselves and a big window to look out at the passing scenery. At one point we heard a noise like we'd been shot and realized a second later that it was a flat tire. The driver moved over and drove slowly, then just a little ways down the road, pulled over into a dirt parking lot, which amazingly, had piles of tires. In no time at all we were back on our way.

Thankfully at one of the stops a woman suddenly leaned into our seat and asked in perfect English where we were headed. When we said Pak Chong, she said" this is it!" we hopped off the busy happy people are looking out for us. People here are wonderfully friendly and many have helped us, find the right train, or determine which stop was ours or given us directions.

We got a ride from a guy to a roadside lodge called Khaoyai Garden Lodge. It was 4:30. When we asked about going to see the bats ( that we'd read about) emerging from the cave, he said he could take us, but we had to leave in five minutes. No problem. We put our stuff in our room and met out tour mates, a couple from Germany named Thereasa and Fabion.

After a bumpy ride, we arrived at the edge of a field. There were a handful of people standing a ways from the road, watching millions of wrinkled lipped bats emerging from a cave up on the hillside. The bats flew in columns, a swirling mass of individual bodies. They moved like water, flowing on down and then just above the treeline. From where we stood beneath them we could hear the sound of their wings. The whole mass frequently swirled up or down, changing shape, always heading in the same general direction. It was fabulous! Think of all the insects that many bats can eat in one night!

We learned Thailand has 120 species of bats. This is amazing! NC has just 14. Now we have seen two of the total-- one fruit bat and one that eats insects... Only 118 to go! I'm sure Joe will be thrilled.
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Debsredmond on

What a fun time you 2 are having...I am so thrilled for you!

Lisa on

Yee-haw!! What a amazing view you had! Those waves of bats reminded me of the way starlings fly in those ever-moving funnels when they flock together. But these bats are NATIVE and not out-competing the native animals! :) I'm so thrilled you got to see this (and shared it with us!) :)

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