Khao Yai National Park, possibly, the best natural park in Thailand
We stayed at Greenleef Guest House and just arrived we signed up for the two days tour they offered. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon we went with a guide around Khao Yai National Park.
We were first taken to natural hot springs where we bathed for a while. Then we went to see some caves where Buddhists meditate for hours surrounded by spiders and bats (very spectacular). At the end of the day, just before dusk, we could see a line in the sky of thousands of bats coming out of a cave. It was time to look for food.
Happy by what we saw the day before, the next day we woke up wanting more. Early in the morning, we started the next tour. We were going to spend the day inside Khao Yai National Park, according to Lonely Planet, one of the best in the world.
Khao Yai National Park: Entering the jungle
We were two groups of tourists with two guides and two Jeeps. First we stopped in the middle of the road to see different species of birds and gibbons jumping through the trees.
After a while, we split up and went into the jungle with our guide. Just entering we find an entire family of monkeys. They began to follow us and the guide had to scare them off with a laser as they approached without modesty. Surely they wanted to see if we had food inside our backpacks.
Our guide was a “last survivor”. While we were walking we found scorpions, spiders and snakes. When it started raining the tour became even more authentic. Little leeches were trying to get into our shoes and you had to keep getting rid of them all the time.
The waterfall of the film “La Playa” (The Beach)
Then, after eat, we were taken to the waterfall that appears in the movie “The Beach“. Actually, that waterfall is in this park. Just after the monsoon season we went so much more water fell than in the film, where Leonardo di Caprio can even look out to see the fall.
Finally, we went back to the Jeeps and looked for wild elephants. While we were in the car, we listened a few meters away as something was breaking trees and crushing them in its path. Suddenly his head popped out. We contributed a little and watched him cross the road in complete calm until he disappeared again as suddenly as he had appeared.
Without a doubt, these two days in Khao Yai have been one of the most gratifying and surprising of the trip. Now… to Phuket!