Danum Valley
Chiang Mai
Khao Yai
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
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Khao Yai National Park is just two hours outside Bangkok, but a whole different world. Lush, green jungle covers the hilly landscape where monkeys, elephants, tigers, and sun bears roam wild. Unfortunately, as most jungles, the large animals are extremely difficult to find, especially as they become more rare. We were lucky to spot some monkeys and gibbons as well as many smaller creatures. Walking through the forest was rather stressful, as leeches could be found throughout the trails, waving on the ground looking for prey. We wore leech socks and had to be ever-vigilant to flick them off our legs before they found bare skin to sink their teeth into.

Beautiful, forested hills

Pig-tailed macaque sitting by the road

A gibbon swinging in the tree. We also saw a white one nearby.

This snake was slithering up a tree with a fresh frog in its mouth

This frog was luckier, at least so far...

A huge moth, with a wingspan of about 1 foot!

Yikes! A scorpion.

One of hundreds of creepy leeches along our trail.

A millipede

Look at the pretty blue eyes of this grasshopper

A big spider

Bats streaming out of a cave in the late afternoon

Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang