Trekking in Khao Yai National Park. (11/07/17 to 14/07/17)

From Kanchanaburi we reached Pak Chong. We had to change bus at Bangkok Northern Bus terminal. Annoyingly the minibus driver dropped us opposite this bus station across a huge motorway, so we had to walk over the flyover in thirty three degree heat with backpacks and hangovers. I honestly thought I might collapse.

In the pitch black of night we landed in Pak Chong with no accommodation booked. We managed to get to Greenleaf Guesthouse immediately booking a jungle trekking tour but there were no rooms left so we stayed next door in a strange empty American themed resort with very loud frogs…

The next day we dressed in long trousers to avoid leeches and were driven to the park in an open air truck. The guide spoke good English and drove us to the viewpoint of the rainforest, then onto the visitor centre to get an understanding of just how massive the park is and as to what wildlife lies inside.

We were lucky enough to see an Asian elephant grazing on bamboo by the river bank before the trek even started. Trekking through the dense, humid, live jungle was not easy but we were ecstatic when we spotted the star of the show, the black gibbon monkey (amazingly they never come down from the trees), along with macaques, the impressive hornbill bird (his wings can spread out to two meters), golden spiders, lizards and a bright green viper snake.

After the jungle trek we waded across a stream through tall grass fields, to ‘the watchtower’ for more animal spotting. Finally we walked to a waterfall where a scene in the movie, ‘The Beach’, was filmed. As we left the park we were lucky enough to see an elephant crossing the road. If elephants feel threatened they can lash out and have stood on the park trucks in the past. Our guide crept past the elephant. He was on my side and looked right into my eyes with huge eyelashes, an image I’ll not forget in my lifetime.

To read more on my travel experiences in Thailand click on the following articles:

Experiencing bustling Bangkok. (06/07/17 to 08/07/17)

Downtime in the beautiful river town of Kanchanaburi. (08/07/17 to 11/07/17)

Finding my paradise island in Thailand – Koh Kut Island. (16/07/17 to 21/07/17)

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