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Dec 27, 2015 - Jungle hikes in Khao Yai National Park

Christopher said his favorite part of the Thailand trip was our forays into the jungle of Khao Yai National Park, and I can definitely see why. We stayed at the Greenleaf Guesthouse; only $10/night if you do their tours (a full day and a half) for only about $50/pp. What an amazing deal. Their guides were absolutely excellent; they found all kinds of creepy critters for us to hold (like a huge scorpion!). We saw everything we set out to see (including elephants, alligators, large squirrels, and hornbills). We spent quite a bit of time...

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Feb 10, 2012 - Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

What a lovely Park. Simple $6 guesthouse, a hive of flashpackers and backpackers, and very good guides. I spent an evening drinking whiskey, rum and singing Eagles songs with our Thai park guides, so we were pals by the next day. Some quick explanations of the photos: We took a half day trek then a whole day trek to different park areas. Thailand's oldest and most popular and (many say) most dramatic National Park. The Wattled Bat dusk departure, a recorded million bats leaving over a 15 minute span. As we wait, so do bands of hawks,...

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Jan 1, 2009 - Cowboys & Christmas (Khao Yai National Park)

Christmas Eve was a jolly affair, spent with our friends Chris and Oh and their little boy, Safe (age 7). We were joined by Billy, another Englishman living in Thailand, and his 7-year old daughter Natalie. The full monty was laid on, complete with sprouts, cranberry sauce and Xmas pudding. The next morning, after Alan had ‘harvested’ the pomegranite tree in Chris & Oh’s garden, we set off heading south to Nakhorn Sawan on the way to Khao Yai, Thailand’s oldest, largest intack monsoon forests in mainland Asia and apparently the most visited...

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Jan 8, 2008 - Gibbons, Macaques and Giant Hornbills

Today we went hiking in Khao Yai National Park. We drove to the entrance and stopped shortly thereafter because a giant hornbill was perched on a tree very close to us. We got some very nice pictures! A few minutes later we saw gibbons walking down the road. One was kind enough to pose for us. We continued to see monkeys by the side of the road at regular intervals. We then stopped at a view point and put on long white over-socks to protect us against leeches. From there, we drove a few more minutes, pausing to see if we could find an...

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Apr 20, 2007 - Khao Yai National Park

The two days spent around Khao Yai National Park were very surreal. The lodge we stayed at was a bit older but had a great swimming pool complete with its very own waterfall and a probably a two to one staff to guest ratio(the latter is more of a function of traveling in the low tourist season than anything else). A Swedish couple, and British couple, Becca and myself were equipped with leech guards then led into the jungle by our guide, Tommy. He was this wiry Thai man in his 50s with shoulder length gray hair and a weathered face that...

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Feb 25, 2007 - Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Feb 25th - 26th We took the morning train from Bangkok to Pak Chong, a city just outside of the Khao Yai National Park. Khao Yai National Park is one of the world's greatest parks, covering 2165 sq km and home to 200-300 wild elephants, deer, wild pigs, Malayan Sun Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, tigers, Leopards, Gibbons, Macaques Monkeys as well as the 4 types of Hornbills. The park was also used in the film "The Beach" for a waterfall scene. We spent two days here where we hired a guide and went with a small group trekking thru the jungle and...

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Oct 2, 2006 - we have arrived....

Hi All, Just a quick note to let you know that after 30 hours of travel, incountable in-flight movies, one international date line, and the worlds most lax customs declaration... we have arrived. We are in downtown Bangkok at the Atlanta Hotel (thanks Serena). Check out the website for an interesting read, just google it. More later with pictures and thoughts. love, carla and kate

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Dec 25, 2005 - Merry Christmas from Thailand

As hype goes we have seen it all... Saint Nic with his boots off and toes in the water, a manga bird with her breasts out and a tuk tuk laden with gifts instead of skanky travellers. In reality, however, Christmas day will be us, a bottle of NICE wine (smuggled from the 1st class lounge by a lovely flight attendant on the way to Japan) and maybe some temple ruins in Ayutthaya (just north of Bangkok, but far enough away from this craziness!) Wherever you may be, know that we will be thinking of you and hoping for a Merry Christmas for...

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May 28, 2005 - Khao Yai National Park

Well, I didn't wake up early to go to Khao Yai National Park today. My sister Glenda will not be surprised to learn that I simply never went to sleep at all, and left for the bus station at 3.30 am. I had been to the South Bus Station before to travel to Pattaya. That station had about 10 platforms and 10 sales windows. Everything was marked in both Thai and English, and it was extremely easy to navigate. I expected to find the same setup at the North Bust Terminal going to Pak Chong. Boy, was I wrong! The North Bus Terminal is huge! I...

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Mar 20, 2005 - Ayuthaya, Thailand

When we got to Ayuthaya we went to a few places looking for a place I could stay and finally found one that was a little steep (500 baht-about $11). Am I a tightwad or what? The next morning I found a cheaper place with more backpacker ambience. In the evening Nuch came by and we went to the elephant kraal nearby. There is an old holdng pen for the elephants and elevated at one end is a viewing stand where the king would sit and watch the elephants being herded into the corral. It's only used these days on special occasions. Walking...

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Mar 18, 2005 - Siam Reap to Bangkok

Golden Banana had changed me to a room in the back-they said it was a beautiful room but they failed to tell me about the temple wailing that would keep me up late and then wake me up in the morning. Not sure if it was a loud speaker or real monks but it seems there was a funeral--and I even knew whose funeral it was. Someone I met at Lingas bar downtown had told me that it was the mother of his friend. At about seven in the morning I just said what the hell and gave up on sleeping. Did enjoy hearing the frogs at night and when I was in...

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Feb 25, 2005 - Angry Bangkok Taxi Man & Livid Angry English Man!

Woke up swaying in our bunk beds only to be informed by our loyal captain that we where 2 hours delayed. This actually worked to our advantage as it meant we arrived in Bangkok at 8.30am opposed to the original 6.30am. When we arrived we unloaded the ever increasing load of bags, tumbled off the train and headed for the exit to enter the hot, fast, bustling streets of Bangkok. Taxi's and Tuc Tucs lined the roads for miles they where everywhere and all the drivers touting for business. We where approached by a taxi man who, when Matty...

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