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Khao Yai

Khao Yai was totally awesome. The first night, our tour guide took us to a cave that was part of a temple, and showed us thousands of bats and bizarre bugs. It was especially other-worldy because there were carved Buddhas and shrines hidden in the cave. Pretty much all of those pictures were on my real camera though, sorry. He also took us to watch the bats leave another cave at sunset.

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The next day we had a full day tour in the park. It was incredibly beautiful and there was so much wildlife. Wild elephants, gibbons, monkeys, snakes, hornbills…

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It was awesome. We headed back to Bangkok the next morning for one more night. While there, we checked out the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It was insane. It seemed endless, and you could literally buy just about anything you want there: trendy clothes, tourist clothes, pretty good art, beautiful furniture, food, good cocktails, pets, jewelry, lamps, shoes, whatever.

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The next morning, we said goodbye to Thailand and hello to Cambodia.

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Bangkok dangerous

We’re in Siem Reap, Cambodia now… But I need to backtrack a bit.

We booked a room in a hotel off of Khao San Road, a touristy backpacker area. It seemed too nice for what it we paid for it. It had an aged glamour, James Bond kind of feel to it.

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It turns out that it was SUPER close to the protests. But it wasn’t really that big of a deal other than having to constantly negotiate with taxi drivers to stop over charging us to get there. There were army checkpoints somewhat regularly, making sure no one was carrying any weapons or anything. They ignored us farang.

Bangkok is massive, loud and awesome. We found some really good spots to eat/drink, rode the water taxi, visited the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and wandered around Chinatown.

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We also wandered into the food hall of this huge crazy mall called the Siam Paragon. Outside was what looked like another market, so we decided to check it out. Once we kept going, we noticed that some of the merchandise was protest gear… And then found ourselves in the middle of it. Honestly, it was really relaxed. It could’ve been a music festival with stalls, massages, and food.

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After two days of Bangkok, we were off up north a little to Khao Yai National Park, outside of Pak Chong. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and mostly only Thai tourists from Bangkok visit it. To get there, we took a local public bus for about $5. We just had to trust that they brought us to the right one, and they blared what I would call Thai adult alternative music the entire way. It was overall kinda funny.

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The Khao Yai post is coming soon.