Khao Yai National Park

Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

We took a train from Ayuthaya to Pak Chong, and as soon as we got off the train were met with very "friendly people" (ie pushy touts).  But in this case, they had exactly what we wanted to visit Khao Yai National Park, and we booked a 1.5 day excursion with them.

That afternoon we swam in a very scenic spring.  Our guide was an older Thai lady who must have been a teacher in her past life.  She asked us lots of questions during the tour and was so excited when we got it right!  She loved explaining a bit about Buddhism and took us to a temple and it's temple / meditation cave.  The cave was huge and elaborate, with rooms for praying and meditating.  There was a lot to see - not the least was lots and lots of bats!

The best part about the evening was seeing over 2 million bats fly out of a cave for their nightly insect feast.  They came out in what seemed to be a never ending stream.  It looked like a big, black snake winding in the sky.  We had dinner at the local night market which was a sight in itself.

The next day we woke up early and went on a safari ride through the actual National Park.  It's a rain forest, and appropriately lush and teeming with insects and animals.  We saw the giant black squirrel, gibbon monkeys (which were the highlight - we even saw a tiny baby monkey playing around with his mom), scorpions, a million ants working hard, leeches (ugh - hence the leech socks), Oriental horn bill birds, and a very very aggressive macaque.  Calvin swam under a waterfall which was very cool.  Our guide today must have been a professional photographer in her past life.  She painstakingly took portraits of all of us at different gorgeous sites (she called them picture perfect), and played around with lighting and angles just like any real photographer would.  We got some great shots thanks to her!  She used to be a nanny in the States, so maybe that's where she got her picture taking practice. 
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