Day 46 - Khao Yai National Park to Pang Sida National Park - Wed 10 Apr
Sadly have to leave the lovely Khao Yai NP, but
not before a look for the gibbons. Drove past little barking deer – they look
too delicate for such a harsh sound!
Guy and Cheryl saw disembowelled Sambo
deer, chewed face - keen to find out if killed by tiger – later found it was wild
dogs/ "fox". Our early morning walk through rainforest behind visitors centre rewarded us - heard
distinctive call of gibbons long before seeing them, saw their large shadows
and heard them overhead crashing around in trees. Amazing how they can hang
from one arm for so long!
Also saw macaques. A large flock of hornbills flew
into tallest trees, as they moved
through rainforest. Saw a long black squirrel running up tree too.
departed, a brown squirrel ran across road long and low like a ferret. Saw parrot
sized bright blue birds, one with black beak, one red. Back in people country passed roadside industries, beautifully made wooden
gazebos (better condition than some people's houses); carved furniture from
tree buttresses and roots, even small untreated roots for sale. Cottage
industries in rattan, baskets, thatch, bamboo, weavings etc.Headed to Sa Kaeo turnoff, lunch at KabinBuri markets $1.25 for three bags deep
fried yams, corn/rice balls and bananas. Sat waiting for G&C to shop and
watched woman cooking at cart, dropped food implement in dirt, brushed off and
returned to pot... hmmm best not to know some things. Noticed increasing numbers of eucalyptus plantations (some planted in dry rice
paddies) or used as road borders, but trees don’t seem to be left to grow large.
Also saw truckload of gum trunks headed for sawmill.
How different was Pang Sida National Park – whilst known for butterflies and
freshwater Siam crocodiles, it was the poor relation, no infrastructure, info
centre closed, no leaflets, scale model of park, showing border with Cambodia.
"Sorry no water" (in falls). One girl farewelled us "good luck -
see you in one month"!! Disappointing although there were butterflies and birds. Officers preferred we
stay in humid damp campgrounds with the mossies, but we drove higher to end of
road and camped at the very pretty " viewpoint", overlooking
mountains and treetops. GirlRob was stung by a bee almost immediately but scraped
out the sting fairly quickly. Rain threatened, sunset was swallowed up by mist
and clouds, last rosy- yellow sky before going completely dark with no stars.
BoyRob cooked pork stir-fry in plum sauce with vegetables, pineapple and noodles. Liking
this Asian influence muchly! We will cross into Cambodia tomorrow – how amazing
to note it’s our fifth country.