Photo of the Week 242: Khao Yai National Park

After years of returning over and over again to Thailand, I’m always awed at how much of this fascinating country I have left to discover. I kicked off this week with three crazy stormy days on my island base of Koh Tao. It was a surprise after last week’s beautiful weather in Koh Phangan, and it meant my crew of visitors and I almost got stuck on the islands entirely. Thankfully, our scheduled ferry was the first successful departure off the island. But we did, and a mere twenty hours — and a motorbike ride, a ferry, a minivan, two trains, a long walk and another motorbike ride — later, we arrived at the gateway to our destination, Khao Yai National Park.

WOW. Traveling independently overnight to Khao Yai, traveling by motorbike and sleeping within the National Park, was not super easy to coordinate. But was it ever worth it. Khao Yai was Thailand’s first National Park, and we went with fingers crossed for an encounter with the park’s rowdy herd of wild elephants. While we didn’t end up pal-ing around with any pachyderms, our wildlife spottings were extensive, the park was pristine, and I left on a fresh-air induced high.

I look forward to posting extensive and detailed guides to DIY-ing a trip to this pristine park in the future, as it’s a secret that’s just too good to keep. In the meantime, I’ve put together a special extended Photo of the Week edition. Why? Because it was hard enough to narrow it down to just these shots! I can’t wait to hear which ones stand out:

Photo A

Khao Yai National ParkOne of the park’s many scenic outlooks

Photo B

Khao Yai National ParkThe waterfall from the movie The Beach!

Photo C

Khao Yai National ParkDeep in nature

Photo D

Khao Yai National ParkBy our own two wheels

Photo E

Khao Yai National ParkKhao Yai!

Photo F

Khao Yai National ParkRich morning hues

Photo G

Khao Yai National ParkLooking (in vain) for elephants

Photo H

Khao Yai National ParkMillions of bats escaping a cave at dusk

Which photo is your favorite?

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