3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

Going back to Thailand again I realised that I had never visited a National Park in Thailand yet. Well that made good challenge to find one! I started searching the internet and I soon found this trip!

Through TonTan Travel I found this trip into the Khao Yai NP. 3 Days in the park with a guide and searching for wildlife and enjoying the nature!

There is a chance that you’ll see an elephant and I was hoping for that ofcourse! Next to that you’ll always see lots of other wild animals, reptiles and insects! I love that!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

We made lots of K’s in those days crossing the park from one side to the other. But we also made several hikes. I loved spending so much time in nature. I especially liked it becuase our guide was really good in spotting insects and reptiles. It made our hikes extra special!

Just before entering the park we already saw a macaque roaming the streets.. They are so naughty!! They are walking at the entrance and hoping to get some sweets or anyting.. At the first stop I saw a macaque getting something of a truck.. I think he was hoping there was food in there..

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The monkeys of Khao Yai NP – Thailand

And we also saw and hear the gibbon on our first day. Just after entering the park we had a small walk. I thought I heard the yell of the gibbon, you recognize them quit easy. After going on for a little bit we stopped again and then we say it. It was high in the trees and trying get away from us. It was the grey gibbon this time.

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

The black Gibbon is less shy and shows itself a bit easier. I loved seeing them high in the trees and going from one tree to the other with the souplesse of a gymnastic! But so hard to get on the picture ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Their noises go far .. and then you need to spot them high in the tree!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

How do you like this hornbill?

It was really high in a tree enjoying the many yellow fruits.

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Or how do you like this rugged bird? ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
And the always beautiful Kingfisher

Our guide was great in spotting wildlife! In a split second he could see something. For instance driving along the jungle he spotted this grey snake lying on a branch of a tree. I was really happy with this guide! He told us the names and if they were poisenous and such. I didn’t make notes so I don’t know it anymore but how I loved that!

For these kinds of sightings I go into the jungle!!

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  • Hiking during our 3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

We hiked a couple of trails that are mentioned, for instance: Nong Pack Chi Nature Trail, Pha Diao Dai Trail and the Dong Phayayen Forest Complex.The hikes weren’t long, about 5 or 6 K at most.ย  So I think good for all!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

But you do need to be a bit adventurous ๐Ÿ™‚

And exactly that is what I like!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

On those hikes our guide had some surprises for us too. At some point he said us to sit down and have a break and he walked on a bit. I used that time to go pose on the huge tree we were at! why not?

#Healthy #Yoga #Nature

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Guess what I have in my hand, the guide asked us..

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

When the guide returned he asked us to guess what he was holding in his hands.. He showed a little piece of a paw. At first I thought he was joking but I did see a paw and we got excited and started guessing. We didn’t got it and then he opened his hands… There was a huge scorpion in there!! How cool!!ย  They live on a spot and have their places where they hide and he knew that spot! We touched it…and also the tale… and then he let him crawl back into its hole!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Would you have guessed that it was a scorpion?

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

It is huge right? I did feel the tip of the scorpions tail on my finger, the guide had it in his hand and let us feel how sharp it was. That is really strange!! Knowing that the poisenous part of the scorpion is touching you!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

He also showed us some snakes from up close. He even went closer to get the best shot for us. We had two guides with us when we were walking, one up front and one to close the group. Both were doing their best to get the pictures for us! ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Viper

Hiking through the jungle is so cool!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

And then we were almost attacked

by a wild boar

At some point, while walking the jungle we all were alarmed by a pounding sound which seem to come our side. In a splitsecond I saw the guide getting his knife.. He was ready to protect us! I looked in the direction where I heard the pounding sound and all I saw was an animal flashing by. It went over crossed the path we were walking and dissapeared into the thick jungle..

It turned out to be a wild boar the guide told us when he was in the clear about the wild boar. It could’ve attacked us when it was agressive. But as most animals would do it fled for us.

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

With the 3 day trip into the Khao Yai NP also comes a nightsafari.

We had our dinner in the park and as you know it is dark around 6 o’clock in Asia. So we started the nightsafari right after dinner. We unfortunately didn’t see much. We also didn’t feel that the guide and driver did their best. The nightsafari had to be done by the NP themself and your own guide isn’t allowed. They do their thing…and that’s it. They weren’t looking and giving it their best. So if nothing passes in front of your jeep you’ve got bad luck..

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Just outside of Khao Yai NP, on our way to the sweet water well

In the end of another day we had a nice swim in a sweet water source which should have good minerals in them for the skin. I really loved swimming in the water!

After this we went on to another place, it would be a long day!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

And it was totally worth it!

We saw millions of bats flying out of their cave! The Wrinkle-lipped bats! It was really impressive to see! It went on and on, at least an half an hour!! See this short clip

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

I had seen them earlier that week flying over the place where I stayed, Khao Yai Cottage. It was impressive to see.. Mostly because of the numerous number!!

It was a great sight! But also the sound you hear…

So strange!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

On our last day we had one great hike to do. We might be seeing a crocodile the guide told us. And yes…it was there.. It was relaxing in the river. Also in the part of the hike where the guide expected it. Really nice to know. Sometimes it is lying on the path too.. well… then we have to walk a different path, said the guide ๐Ÿ™‚

So if you see a sign like this?… Take it serious!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
See for yourself.. It is a big one.. I think around 3 metres…

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

When we walked on we saw this beauty sitting in a tree!!

What a great colour he?

In this part of the jungle we saw lots of signs of the elephant. We still hadn’t seen one.. And I must unfortunately say that we also didn’t encounter one on this hike.

I hope you have the luck to see one or two elephants if you go on a tour in the Khao Yai NP

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Do you see that big footprint? And the bamboo that is totally destroyed?

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Crossing for Gibbons

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Our guide surprised us time and time again with great reptiles!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Same one you see here on a tree… Be honoust…Without the guide you wouldn’t have seen it!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

And then the last stop was there.. 3 days exploring the Khao Yai NP. I had the best days and fully enjoyed myself! The last stop was a viewingpoint at Pa Deo Dai Cliffs. I really loved this view to end these great 3 days!!

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand

Transport and staying during

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

Coming from Bangkok I took the train, through Ayutthaya, to the city of Pak Chong. I took the local bus to Amphoe Pak Chong where I booked the Khao Yai Cottage.ย  That local bus was more of a challenge then I expected, they told me that they knew where I would go. At some point he was returning to Amphoe Pak Chong…he really didn’t know where I would be and I just got out. I was jkust so lucky to get out just around the corner of my cottage!!

That will make you from feeling down to bakc on top of this great and wonderful world in just a couple of seconds!! Love that about traveling ๐Ÿ™‚

Khao Yai Cottage is one of the cheaper options on where to stay if you book through Tontan Travel. They give some options on where they can pick you up each morning. You can always choose differently but then you need to go to a pickup point somewhere along the road. I loved this cottage! I had a great room and private terrace on the hotel garden. It was close to other shops and the village market. It was a quiet place but within 5 minutes I was at the busy street and the shops.

I booked this trip at Tontan Travel. The company is partly Dutch so for me it was easy communicating on what options they had and what to book. The more people are booked on the trip the less I had to pay. In the end I had the trip with two other couples! So after a downpayment I didn’t need to pay that much anymore, that made me happy ofcourse!!

Safety during our 3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP – Thailand

There are some rules which you need to apply. Hiking the jungle you always walk in a line. So don’t go walking next to eachother and start to talk too much. That way you are as small as you can be as a group so you get less attention. But also you leave your footprint as small as possible in the jungle!

In certain seasons there are leaches.ย They can get you crawling into you shoes. They go through your sock without any effort. I had wore these socks before in South Africa and India. The sock is made of fabric that is so tight that they can not go through! And then you need to check your body each evening in the shower, especially in your armpits and groins. We did see a lot of leaches but nobody got one on them ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Long socks against leaches

3 Days Exploring the Khao Yai NP - Thailand
Leach

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