When I visited Thailand, it quickly became one of my favorite countries, but one aspect of it turned out to be very disappointing. I had watched the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai before arriving, and the footage of hundreds of birds flying in the jungle making crazy sounds really made my mouth water.
This scene alluded me for my first month in Thailand. I saw some cool outdoor places like Doi Inthanon and took the obligatory Chiang Mai adventure travel tour, and I had seen some wildlife, but nothing what I imagined from what I expected when watching the World War II movie classic.
Then I visited Khao Yai National Park and everything changed as you can see. The minute I stepped foot in this park, I noticed hundreds, thousands of butterflies hovering around every tree. A couple of monkeys sashayed away from our camp into the forest. I knew this place was going to be different from the rest of Thailand that I had seen. I still cannot believe the masses choose trained elephants and bamboo rafting in Chiang Mai over this remote beautiful park.
In two days, I saw all of the animals pictured in this essay. I also spotted two very large porcupines in our first night’s camp and two civets on a night safari. On the night safari we also spotted three wild elephants in a salt lick, but it was beyond my camera’s flash range in the night.
Khao Yai is easily accessible from the Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok. The closest bus stop is Pak Chong. Grab a Sǎwngthǎew from the 7-11 in Pak Chong to the park gates. From there you will have to hitchhike to the park ranger station or arrange a ride ahead of time. It is not necessary to procure a guide inside the park, but the rates are so reasonable that you might as well have a local expert along.
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