Back to the jungle!
Pak Chong Travel Blog› entry 13 of 44 › view all entries
After a brief trip to the embassy in Bangkok to organise new passports (could take a month!) we boarded a local bus to Pak chong, our destination - the fantastic national park of Koh Yai. Suz and I had visited here a few years ago and we had a really good time with the guides at greenleaf guesthouse so we decided to go with them again and we knew Karen would be in expert hands for her first rainforest experience.
Before we knew it we were in the back of a pick up truck heading towards a point where an underground spring emerges and joins a river. We pulled up and right next to the car was a meter long indo chinese water dragon, he looked just like a minature dinosaur and posed proudly for us whilst we took some photos.
We were then taken to a bat cave in the grounds of a temple. We clambered down an old ladder into the gloom and speant then next hour admiring rook fromations, walking through guana and enjoying the site of three different species of bat roosting above our heads ocassionaly chattering at us as we disturbed their slumber. The cave was home to more than just bats! in one corner there was a huge burrow, its occupant a hand sized velvety tarantula lay poised to pounce at its enterance. Whip scorpions and crickets roamed the walls of the cave and small frogs hopped around the vegetation that grew in patches of light tat came from the various entrances.
The next site was a couple of miles away, we stood below a rocky cliff in a sugar cain field being drowned by the sounds of frogs beginning their evening racket. We were here to see 2million bats lave their roost, we heard them before we saw them and at first just a few braver (or desperately hungry) individuals flapped past, but gradually this turned into a column of thousands passing over us snaking through the sky, the beating wings of the multitude making a suprisingly loud noise. As we watched a pari of barn owls circled picking off the bats as they emerged.
After a good night sleep we were anticipating the days forest trek and drive, and we tried to guess at some of the things we might be lucky enough to see.
We drove on to the park heaquarters startling a lone barking deer at a salt lick. The grassy areas of the park were the domain of loud boisterous lapwings which alerted our presence to every animal in the vicinity with their shrill cries.
We took a drive to see gibbons and hornbills, we were lucky with the gibbons and speant ten minutes watching a trio of white handed gibbons conduct their acrobatic display in the distance, the wailing songs of various different family groups reached us on the breeze, it was great.
Next was a three hour treck through the forest, we were rewarded with sightings of mountain horned dragons, huge scorpions (one of which Karen very bravely let crawl up her arm), white lipped pit viper and a few frogs.
Back at the guesthouse we were welcomed with a welcome back meal free of charge, we were really flattered and the food was great, a really good end to a fantastic couple of days.