Monday, January 16, 2006

Khao Yai Part 2

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After some heart pumping exercise, we decided to rest our body and headed back to our “ship”. I headed to the bathroom and I found that unlike most hotel or resort it’s slightly different. The bottom part is not tiled. It’s made of wood, I guess this gives the feeling that you are in a boat. I heard there are rooms, that the bottom of the bed is actually shaped like a boat, curved and not flat. So if you are a couple, you could not run from each other. You will end up rolling down to the middle and meeting each other there. The “ship” that I am in consists of 3 rooms, mine is located at the bottom of the ship.

After resting for a while, we decided to venture out from our bedroom. As we were walking around, a thai colleague decided to head to a Grape farm which is located less than half a km away. I am not sure how could a country like Thailand have grape farms as my peanut brain archive tells me that grapes can only be grow in cold country. Anyway nothing surprises me as I have gone to a lychee farm in Thailand before. When we reached there, the farm is called Granmonte, it’s a small farm. We bought 2 bottles of white wine, 1 bottle of red wine and one grape jam.


Our trip to Khao Yai National Park was schedule to be at 7 pm as the entrance to the park will be closed for public at 8 pm. As we ate our dinner we could feel the air turning chilly. This is a sign that up there in Khao Yai it will be cold as it’s located on top of a mountain (not very high though). But if you do not wear a jacket you will definitely "freeze", it is also advisable to wear socks. When we reached the entrance of the park we disembark from our double deck bus and separate ourselves into groups as we will be going up by pickup trucks. It’s an open pickup with no covers at the back. As the truck climbs up the mountain, the cold wind was blowing ferociously. Some of my thai colleague actually squat down to avoid the wind. As for my wife and me, we came prepare with my thick Jeans Jacket and socks hence it was quite enjoyable as it felt like air blowing from an open fridge.

The main reason of us having our fat burns fending off the cold in going up there is to see live animal that purportedly roams the park at night. In my previous trip, all we could see is a few deer. It was rumors that there are times you could see elephant and tigers near water holes. But I knew it will be all deer again. As for me I love the smell of fresh air and clear skies. Although there are times I could smell the fume emitted from the truck in front of us but it’s still a lot fresher then those in the city. If you tilt your head up, you could see "stars" clearly mapped out in the sky. If I could I would have bring along a mat, lie down and count the stars.

Below is some adhoc pictures that was taken...

The above is taken at the cowboy town.

The above taken at the resort.

The above taken at ChokChai Steak house, which is quite famous. We went there for our lunch after checking out from the resort.

4 comments:

leecs said...

pak soo, is this the same place that we went before?

i remembered many years back, we went to one park and at night we were on the truck to see wild animals?!!? i remembered i bought my 1st nike jacket at bangkok then...then jacket still with me till now..

kekekekeke time flies...

SooHK said...

Pak Lee, you are correct, the one that we have a group picture with the national park sign at the back...

Lrong said...

Cowboys in Thailand? interesting...

SooHK said...

Lrong, I think they are graduate from some cowboy uni...hahaha just joking...

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