Yay for Khao Yai!
To My Dedicated Blogees,
We safely made it out of the grasp of the dirty gutters of Khao San and headed northeast. We needed something natural after that whole ordeal, and we figured that the most natural thing we could think of was a National Park! So we packed our packs and headed to Khao Yai. Here are some interesting tidbits about Khao Yai:
-It holds the largest monsoon rainforest in all of Asia
-It was the first National Park established in Thailand
We arrived at the park not knowing what to expect, and at first it really seemed like we had made a huge mistake. Deciding to "wing it," we unfortunately brought little cash and no food whatsoever. Did we think there would be ATMs and restaurants? I don't know what went through our heads, but we got there in the evening and found no food, no ATMs, and no English speakers. After some rather rudimentary communication (consisting partly of charades, and partly of gutteral grunts) we got ourselves a tent and a meal in a plastic bag. From there the rest of the time went very smoothly. We discovered that there was a small restaurant nearby, and to our delight, everything was so cheap that we didn't even need an ATM at all (praise Fortuna!). The park is really quite a spectacle. It is quite elevated, so we were quite happy to find that it's quite cool and breezy. We spent our time clambering across the trails they've built, hitchhiking across the park, and marvelling at the beauty of the rainforest. We managed to see most of the wildlife that lives in the park, including barking deer, gibbons, macaques, otters, and even a crocodile! It was really quite a stay, and a good time was had by all.
At the end of our stay, our group experienced its first split. Katie and Tamir have now headed to Cambodia, and Agnes and I are going to stick around in the northeast, and then head to Laos. We've been fiddling around with the idea of WWOOFing, but as usual, everything is up in the air. All we know for sure is that we're heading towards Phanom Rung Historical Park which is home to some really well known Khmer ruins. We really haven't established a plan for what comes next, but it's exactly our intentions to keep it that way.
Until next time,
Claude, your natural travelling boy.