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Khao Yai National Park, Thailand (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Map of Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Unidentified Spider Khao Yai National Park Waterfall
Northern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus vaginalis) Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) Northern Pigtail Macaque (Macaca leonina) Taiga Flycatcher (Ficedula albicilla) White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) Intermediate Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros larvatus)
Sulphur-breasted Warbler (Phylloscopus ricketti) Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) Abbotts Babbler (Turdinus abbotti) White-handed Gibbon (Hylobates lar) - with Baby
Northern Pigtail Macaque (Macaca leonina) Sambar (Cervus unicolor) - Female Sambar (Cervus unicolor) - Male Ashy Drongo (Dicrurus leucophaeus) Red-headed Trogon (Harpactes erythrocephalus) Siamese Crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis)
Blue Rock-Thrush (Monticola solitarius) - Female Blue Whistling-Thrush (Myophonus caeruleus) Black-crested Bulbul (Pycnonotus flaviventris) Northern Pigtail Macaque (Macaca leonina) Wrinkle-lipped Free-tailed Bat (Chaerephon plicata) Palooza Variable Squirrel (Callosciurus finlaysoni)

I took a long taxi ride and then the bus out of Bangkok from the northern station. The bus was a very comfortable one surprisingly, and it only took a few hours to get to the gateway to the the park. There was pretty good wildlife there, I saw, while walking, a couple species of deer a bintaung, and some very fast running bright red jungle ground bird. This was long before I considered bringing a field guide on vacation.


Around The World in 66 Days

2/10/2013: Khao Yai National Park was one of the places in Thailand that I wanted to visit again, so we took the overnight train back to Bangkok, and then we rode a bus (for three hours) to get to Khao Yai. The guesthouse at Khao Yai was supposed to pick us up at the bus station, and eventually they did, but I was shocked at the changes that have happened in this area. What was once a mellow road to the park had been turned into a highway, and the guesthouse was right on the highway. Not pleasant at all.

We were just in time to join the "bat tour", and this was a disappointment as well as the group to see the bats was something like sixteen people. Then, on the way to the bats, the guide saw a snake in the tree. Before anyone had a chance to see the snake however, he decided that he had to catch it. It could have been a really great photo if he had not done that.

Despite the bumbling guide, the bats were pretty spectacular. But, I was pretty annoyed by the general circumstances of the tour, so we switched companies to do an overnight camping trip in the park.

We drove around everywhere in the park, and we did a couple of jungle walks. The campground was absolutely packed with locals on a three-day holiday, but the camping was a good time, and there was even a dance-off to the Gangnam Style song.

Previous Visit (Ko Tao: 2/6/2013)
Next Visit (Kolkata: 2/13/2013)

Species Recorded (65)

Birds ( 52 )

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus
Sulphur-breasted Warbler - Phylloscopus ricketti

Old World Flycatchers and Chats ( Muscicapidae )
Amur Stonechat - Saxicola stejnegeri

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Jerdon's Baza - Aviceda jerdoni
Eastern Buzzard - Buteo japonicus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Eurasian Kestrel - Falco tinnunculus

Grouse, Turkeys, and Allies ( Phasianidae )
Silver Pheasant - Lophura nycthemera

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Red-wattled Lapwing - Vanellus indicus

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Red-breasted Parakeet - Psittacula alexandri

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Greater Coucal - Centropus sinensis

Nighthawks and Nightjars ( Caprimulgidae )
Large-tailed Nightjar - Caprimulgus macrurus

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Himalayan Swiftlet - Aerodramus brevirostris
Asian Palm-Swift - Cypsiurus balasiensis

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Little Spiderhunter - Arachnothera longirostra
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker - Dicaeum cruentatum

Trogons ( Trogonidae )
Red-headed Trogon - Harpactes erythrocephalus

Kingfishers ( Alcedinidae )
Blue-eared Kingfisher - Alcedo meninting

Bee-eaters ( Meropidae )
Green Bee-eater - Merops orientalis

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Indochinese Roller - Coracias affinis
Dollarbird - Eurystomus orientalis

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Oriental Pied-Hornbill - Anthracoceros albirostris
Great Hornbill - Buceros bicornis
Wreathed Hornbill - Rhyticeros undulatus

Barbets ( Megalaimoidae )
Moustached Barbet - Psilopogon incognitus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Laced Woodpecker - Picus vittatus

Cuckoo-shrike ( Campephagidae )
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike - Hemipus picatus

Drongos ( Dicruridae )
Ashy Drongo - Dicrurus leucophaeus
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo - Dicrurus paradiseus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Asian House-Martin - Delichon dasypus
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Puff-throated Bulbul - Alophoixus pallidus
Stripe-throated Bulbul - Pycnonotus finlaysoni
Black-crested Bulbul - Rubigula flaviventris

Prinias and Apalis ( Cisticolidae )
Rufescent Prinia - Prinia rufescens

Iora ( Aegithinidae )
Great Iora - Aegithina lafresnayei

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Ashy Woodswallow - Artamus fuscus
Large-billed Crow - Corvus macrorhynchos
Racket-tailed Treepie - Crypsirina temia

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Sultan Tit - Melanochlora sultanea

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Abbott's Babbler - Malacocincla abbotti

Laughingthrushes ( Timaliidae )
White-crested Laughingthrush - Garrulax leucolophus

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
White-rumped Shama - Copsychus malabaricus
Gray-headed Canary-Flycatcher - Culicicapa ceylonensis
Taiga Flycatcher - Ficedula albicilla
Blue Rock-Thrush - Monticola solitarius
Blue Whistling-Thrush - Myophonus caeruleus

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Brown Shrike - Lanius cristatus

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Great Myna - Acridotheres grandis
Common Hill Myna - Gracula religiosa

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Plain-backed Sparrow - Passer flaveolus




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