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Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Written on: Friday April 11th, 2008

A journal entry from: S.E.Asia

      It may seem a little shallow but after steaming hot Luang Prabang, super hot and polluted Bangkok, and an amazingly hot 4 hour journey on a diesel engine train car our wants boiled down to three things; a place with a swimming pool, an air conditioner and a cafe nearby serving cuppuccino.Amazingly enough we found all three at the Kao Yai Garden Lodge just outside of the national park.

    Before arriving here we finished our stay in Luang Prabang,which along with Hoi An in Vietnam, was our favorite place in S.E. Asia. The area surrounding the town is very beautiful and we were able to take a couple of mountain bike treks into the hills behind town. On one we were having lunch in a Khmou(a mountain tribe) village when we were hit by a short moonsoon rain storm. The streets filled with mud and the children had a great time playing in it. Unfortunately it also turned our trail to a thick, red mud that clung to our tires. For awhile we had to carry our bikes as they wouldn't move. We finally made it to a river where we could throw them in and clean them off.

       We cheated again and flew to Bangkok. We spent the night in a guesthouse with an amazing view over the river but also with amazing smells,none of them good, coming from the surrounding area. As soon as possible we caught a crowded train north to Khao Yai National Park another UNESCO world heritage site and for us a sea of tranquillity. We did a guided trek in the park and saw monkies, apes, crocodiles but unfortunatly no tigers or elephants. We are now spending a couple of days lounging by the pool and biking in the countryside.