This week I did a three-day journey to Khao Yai by practice. The spotlight was a day lengthy tour within the nationwide park. I went with my good friend Mike from Thailandee.com. We stayed at Greenleaf Guesthouse. When you e-book a full day tour with them, they are going to decide you up free of charge from the practice station.
DATE OF TRAVEL: Twenty eighth-Thirtieth March 2023
🚂 Good morning from Fast No. 135 practice going from Krung Thep Aphiwat to Pak Chong in Northeastern Thailand. The journey time is 3 hours and 40 minutes. Ticket worth for third Class is 85 Baht.
 The practice journey into Isaan is kind of scenic as it’s a must to climb over a hill. Because the practice has to go slowly as a result of hills, they’re constructing a tunnel and a 50 metre excessive viaduct as a shortcut. This can be opened subsequent yr and will present some improbable views.
 Our practice arrived a little bit late at Pak Chong Railway Station. Ready for us was a songtaew driver from Greenleaf Guesthouse. We can be staying with them and as we booked a tour as nicely, they provide a free decide up on the station.
 We had the choice to take the free songtaew straight to the guesthouse however we determined to pay the driving force to go to a few locations first. Wat Khao Wanchai Nawarat caught my eye because it’s produced from sandstone however it seems like wooden.
 Lunch was at Banmai Chay Nam in Pak Chong. That is an uncommon restaurant as additionally it is a museum of collectibles. It’s price exploring if you are ready in your lunch to be cooked.
 We’re staying at Greenleaf Guesthouse. Their rooms are fairly primary however clear. There isn’t a air-con or sizzling water bathe. However it is just 300 Baht an evening. Additionally they decide you up on the station free of charge in the event you e-book a tour with them.
 Greenleaf has two completely different excursions. The one we’re becoming a member of immediately is a half day tour that prices 500 Baht. The tour tomorrow is all day and is in Khao Yai Nationwide Park. This one prices 1,500 Baht and consists of the admission worth. When you e-book each excursions then it’s 1,800 baht.
 The primary cease on our afternoon tour with Greenleaf was at Ban Tha Chang Spring in Pak Chong. This can be a fashionable spot for swimming. There’s no entrance charge.
 Our second cease was at Wat Sa Nam Sai in Pak Chong. There’s a cave right here that has tons of of bats. Our tour information took us deep inside. I’ve been in bat caves earlier than however our information was so educated and I discovered lots.
 Our third cease on the tour was the spotlight for positive. Our information took us to a stretch of highway the place it was doable to witness numerous 1000’s of bats depart a cave to exit searching at sundown. Very magical to look at them.
 We completed our tour again at Wat Sa Nam Sai the place there’s a big Seated Buddha on the prime of a hill. At evening it’s fantastically lit up. From the highest of the hill there may be additionally some nice views.
 Good morning from Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima Province. I slept nicely final evening regardless of no air-conditioning. I assumed it will be uncomfortably sizzling. However the chilly bathe was a problem. 🤣
 I ate dinner final evening at Greenleaf guesthouse. I had my normal stir-fried basil with minced pork and fried egg. For breakfast I had Khao Tom which is a rice soup. Breakfast will not be included because the room is simply 300 Baht.
 In the present day we did a wonderful day lengthy tour inside Kao Yai Nationwide Park with Greenleaf. Our information was not solely very educated however she additionally had an eagle eye recognizing wildlife that I wouldn’t have seen if I had gone there alone.
 The guides don’t work alone as they’ve a community of different guides within the park that assist when wildlife had been noticed. A number of instances our information obtained experiences of elephants. A number of instances we rushed there solely to be too late. Then lastly we bought to see an elephant within the wild.
 The day lengthy tour value 1,500 Baht which included the 400 Baht admission charge to the park, lunch, and likewise free pickup and drop off on the railway station. I feel that was actually nice worth for cash. I extremely suggest this tour firm.
 One in every of our group took the night practice again to Bangkok. My unique plan was to do this in addition to it will have been a neat one-night two-day tour to Khao Yai by practice that anybody might do on the weekend. However I made a decision to take my time and go residence within the morning as a substitute.
 We stayed the primary evening at Greenleaf Guesthouse which value solely 300 Baht. Their web site additionally marketed Farada Resort subsequent door which has just a few further comforts like air-con and sizzling water bathe. The fee was 600 Baht. I made a decision to maneuver their tonight to do a comparability.
 Good morning from Greenleaf Guesthouse in Pak Chong. We had an excellent tour in Khao Yai Nationwide Park yesterday. I’m actually comfortable we noticed an elephant within the wild in the long run. This morning we’re catching the practice again to Bangkok. It has been an excellent journey and straightforward to do.
 Whereas ready for the practice this morning we determined to lease a songtaew to take us to a few locations close to our guesthouse. The primary one we went to was Wat Simalai Songtham in Pak Chong. It’s constructed on a hill with a cave close to the bottom.
 Every stage as you climb up has some extraordinary paintings with numerous spiritual and pop cultures themes. It’s an incredible temple that’s price visiting in the event you’re within the space.
 On the way in which again to our guesthouse we determined to cease at Wat Tham Phetpiman. There are a variety of cave temples in Pak Chong. That is one other of them. Nonetheless this one has simpler entry and there may be good lighting.
 We at the moment are on Categorical No.72 heading again to Bangkok. The homeowners of Greenleaf Guesthouse dropped us of on the station free of charge as we had gone on their tour yesterday. Ticket worth this time is 185 Baht for third Class. Journey time is three hours.