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Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 in Asia, Thailand

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand – Waterfalls & Bat shit

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand – Waterfalls & Bat shit

I went to the Khao Yai National Park over the weekend. Lions and Tigers and Bears oh MY!

              

There are actually Tigers in the National Park. So between 5 and 6 PM we were not allowed to wander too far since that is Tiger feeding time. I refuse to be Tiger Food.

We slept in tents since that was the cheapest. And really, it is the cheapest in all senses of the word. It rained for about an hour. and when I say rain I mean flooding rain – cause that is what happens in Thailand. So it was storming away and I was sitting in the tent and then it starts to drip on us from the top centre and every corner. So we shoved towels in the corners and put a towel in the centre. Just to soak it up. It was manageable and we did not get wet. Budget Travel at its Best.

Later when it cleared up we went for a 3.4KM hike. This was a nice journey to a waterfall which was in the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo DeCaprio. But along the entire route were signs that said Beware of Crocodiles! We were walking ALONG side a swampy area with nothing but a little rope blocking the way into the swamp. One sign would not of been too bad. But these signs were every 20 feet. So we picked up the pace a little since we were getting hungry and did not want to be somebody elses lunch! Ok at times we started to run. So what. Crocodiles are creepy. But we did not run into any luckily.

 

Around the park we just hitchhiked everywhere. Sounds strange but the security gaurd said to us “No, dont walk thats dangerous. Hitch hike; its safer”. Not every day you hear that. So basically we flagged down vehicles and asked them to take us where ever they were going. Since one of the waterfalls was 23KM away. It was the huge 5 tiered one too. There are photos of the group of us at it. But you can only see the one tier of it since the other tiers were closed down, atleast the viewing points were.

Then Lonely Planet told us there were Bat caves 3KM outside of the park. So we started to hike there. Along the way we talked to street vendors who told us it was 3KM to the entrance, but another 3KM in that road. So  it would not be possible to hike that far with the bats coming out around 6PM. Then we ran into a vehicle and the guy was nice enough to drive us out to the bat caves, atleast, we thought it was the bat caves.

Instead we were taken to a locals house, and there, we spoke to the people living there and they said they’d take us up to mountain.Well, up the mountain, really does mean UP the mountain. It was STRAIGHT up, full out rock climbing, with no gear, and multiple trees that we had to swing around and hope that we did not fall to a bumpy rocky death. It was VERY exhilerating. We arrived to the top, and had to wait for about a half hour until the bats emerged. They came out in SWARMS. They were very tiny but they came out for 15 minutes straight. Just this HUGE straight line of bats. But the cooelst thing was, from above, owls and hawks were diving straight down through the path of bats trying to catch them to eat them for dinner.

Then we had to get down the mountain again while the sun was about a SLIVER left in the sky. By about half way down this steep rocky death trap, the sunset and we had to go via flashlight. It was extremely tricky and extremely scary, at times I thought I would fall off the mountain. But alas, we all are safe and sound and I cant promise I won’t do it again.

Then we got on a bus and I feel bad for every person on this bus. because they had to sit next to the 10 of us who must of smelt SO SO SO terrible. Like sweat and guano (bat shit).