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Published: February 12th 2008
massive dipterocarps tree
Khao Phanom Bencha National Park, Krabi
Another awesome national park down south. The pix of the langur monkeys were taken at Ao Ton Sai beach in Krabi. Found a great place to stay in the hills of Krabi called Phanom Bencha Mountain Resort
, 075-660501) that had wonderful wooden fan bungalows for 800 baht a night with grand views of an epic pink/white/black limestone crag. The bungalows are set in a lush garden. The manager had to drag an 8-foot python away from the resort. He grabbed it with his hands, put it in a burlap bag, and walked away with it over his shoulder. The thing was thrashing for its life in his sack.
For more info on the national park and the 3-day hike to its summit (where a leopard was photographed recently by a French photographer), check out Thom Henley's book: "Krabi: Caught in the Spell".
Ao Ton Sai beach is OK at high tide, but still a bit rocky. The place I stayed at -Mountain View Resort (not be confused with the abovementioned place) is a monstrosity and I do not recommend it at all. The only good things about Ao Ton Sai are rock-climbing, which I do not partake in, and primate watching.
in the jungle
looking up at the canopy on the 'nature trail'
Heard gibbons singing loud and long one morning, and I set off to find them, but couldn't. Plenty of langurs and macaques, though.
I wrote up a more detailed trip report on Tales of Asia
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