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Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Khao Lak April 6th 2018

We left Khao Sok national park , and headed South to Phang Nga for a quick detour. Before you arrive to Phang Nga city, you have the choice to go along the coast or cross the mountains. We crossed the mountains. There are very sharp turns. At some point, there's a viewpoint where you can see many limestone hills. It's a quiet place. Then you go down, and arrive to Phang Nga city. The city is surrounded by lime pillars. In the center a very large park allows to stretch, relax and take pictures. Further along the road, we arrived to Ao Phang Nga marine park. A tons of boats can bring you to see the lime formations in the sea, and take a look at the famous "James Bond Island". Personally, I saw so many ... read more
Water monitor lizard
Flying lizard that landed on me
amphibious fish

Asia » Thailand March 29th 2018

Compared to Khao Yai NP in the North, Khao Sok has a couple of things that makes it not ideal for wildlife watching and has missing infrastructure. First, let's say that the park is divided in two parts: 1- On East side, near the dam, you can access park with boat tours. Personally, when I checked what was offered in those tours, I find it too expensive. It's true that the landscape with the limestone mountains is dramatic. But since I drove from the North all the way up to Khao Sok, I saw limestone mountains all over the place during the trip. Maybe it's not the same for you. Also, if you hope to see animals from the boat tours, you might, but it's not very likely. There are some caves to visit, but I ... read more
ratchaprapha from viewpoint
ratchaprapha lake

Asia » Thailand » Southern Thailand March 27th 2018

I am not a fan of huge beach resorts like in Cancun, with all the noise and concrete. That's what you would find in Phuket or Hua Hin in Thailand. Pranburi region in upper Thailand gulf region, is about 2-2.5 hours from Bangkok, is a quiet place, with many accommodations and natural parks nearby, (Khao Sam Rot Yot). I stayed there two times, when I headed South and when I got back. You can find very quiet beaches without having to go far. You also begin to see all these lime pillars in the landscape, so typical of south-East Asia. This is part of what is called a karst topography, (lime rock with texture of swiss cheese, with caves, sinkholes, underground rivers, etc...). In rainy tropical places, the topography is more dramatic. You can see many ... read more
Khao sam roi yot
Khao sam roi yot

Asia » Thailand March 26th 2018

As promised, I take some time to share with you my experience on driving in Thailand. :-) If you want to cover a lots of grounds in a short while, and stop at many places, the most convenient way is with a car. After some of my previous trips in which I drove, some friends asked me: "How many MONTHS did you spent in that place to see and do all of this...". Most of the time, it's always 2-3 weeks maximum... Here are some points to consider. a-Price: it's true that it will cost you more to rent a car than take the bus. In Thailand, I rented a small Honda for 3 weeks, and the cost was 800$ including full insurance. That's not that expensive, comparing to other countries. But if your budget is ... read more

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Ayutthaya March 22nd 2018

Out of my list of 5 wild animals to find and see in Thailand, this was actually the one that my wife wanted to see the most. :-) These are flying foxes, with faces much cuter than other smaller bats. There are 2 places called "bat temple" in Thailand, but this one is in the Ayuthaya's province. The temple seems to have no name on Google maps, but this is the adress: Unnamed Rd Tambon Mai Tra Amphoe Bang Srai Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13190 Tambon Mai Tra, Amphoe Bang Srai, Chang Wat Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya 13190, Thailand To get there from Ayuthaya, take road 3263, and then 3111 South. About 1km before Chan Thara Lake village, you can see a golden bat statue on the left. Take the small road next to ... read more
Bat temple entrance
Bat statue
Bats in tree

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Lopburi March 21st 2018

I chose to go to Lopburi, before I arrived in Thailand. I really wanted to make sure to see macaques. If you, at least go to one national park during your trip , don't even bother to come to Lopburi as you are almost 100% sure to see macaques in these parks. But if you're not, you will see them in Lopburi. A bit of warning: the macaques in the city are stressed out and agressive, so make surer not to get bitten. At my previous stop, Khao Yai, I saw plenty of macaques. I wanted to skip Lopburi, and go to Ayuthaya instead, but it was too late to cancel the hotel, so I had to go. First of all, i personally didn't like Lopburi, as it looks to me as a dirty city with ... read more
Evil monkeys!!
monkey temple --Khmer architecture
paklop resort

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Khao Yai NP March 19th 2018

KHAO YAI, (big mountain). This was the first and longest part of my trip. After some reading back home, I had high expectations for that park, and I wasn't deceived!! This is the main place I wanted to see in Thailand. First, let's say that within 2-3 hours from Bangkok, you can get there. So it's really accessible. The park has extensive asphalted roads with many pull-overs, good and long hiking/nature trails, visitor center, observation tower, some restaurants, etc... Be careful on roads, as some people, (like some park rangers, but more generally locals), run well over the speed limit. So if you stop to photograph animal, be sure to do so in a safe place, if you want to avoid collisions!! You can easily go there by yourself and go where you want. Because I ... read more
male gibbon
beige female gibbon

Asia » Thailand March 16th 2018

I wanted to go to Thailand for a long time. It came true in 2018. If you read my profile, you know all my trips are driven by a desire to see wild animals, and that culture is secondary for me. But I incorporate cultural elements in every trip too. After some reading, I decided to rent a car and drive, to get where I want. I finally drove 3200 Km in 3 weeks!! It would have taken much more time to do the same in bus, and I would have lost precious time. But every trip is different. I didn't rent a car when I visited Peru, but it was okay because all the places I wanted to visit were very far apart, so a combination of plane and bus did the trick. I wasn't ... read more
Calmar snack -- only for those who already like sardines!!
Fishing boat on Andaman sea
Cute flying lizard that landed on me!

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 20th 2017

Finally I am here! It's a place that always fascinated me, with these tall cacti and a surprising variety of other plants and animals. I was based in the suburbs of Tucson, a desert valley surrounded by mountains. I stayed in a golf complex, but not to play golf! Complex was just on th eside of Tucson mountain park, which is linked to Saguaro national park. The Saguaro is the name of these tall cacti. They kind of replace trees in the ecosystem, as the birds perch on them, and nest in them as well. Timing was not good for the reptiles, (beginning of December), but perfect for humans, (6-9 Celsius in the night, 18-23 Celsius in the day). :-) This place is known by children all over the world, as the setting for the cartoon ... read more
fish hook cactus
Saguaros cacti in abundance at the foot of the mountain
Ghost cactus

Central America Caribbean » Honduras » Northern » La Ceiba February 17th 2017

Honduras is a country with some dangerous regions because of gang war,etc... The Atlantic side is more quiet and has many tourist facilities. We stayed in a very nice B&B in the mountains. I give it a 5 stars: nice gardens and surroundings, quiet, comfortable, good meals, owners always ready to suit your needs. We visited most of the interesting things in the region: 1- Pico Bonito national park: entrance was 2 minute from our B&B. Nice forest, but very steep trails! 2- Cayos cochinos: series of corals keys + 2 real islands. Beautiful, good for snorkeling. We saw the famous pink(ish) boas. 3- Cuero Y Salado National park: nice tour in the mangroves to see birds, monkeys, and yes one manatee. We stayed one week. Our minds disconnected after 2 days, so we really ... read more
Dock at Cayos Cochinos
Coral reef
Carribean reef squids

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