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Offline thaiga

Bat Caves of Khao Yai ♦ video
« on: May 13, 2013, 02:46:48 PM »
Bat Caves of Khao Yai National Park

On the edge of Khao Yai National Park you can visit these caves and watch from the fields as the bats emerge to hunt at twilight. At first, only a faint trickle of black shapes is discernible from the cliffs, but soon a huge and unmistakable river of bats weaves over the fields like a snake. Like one living creature, the bats contort as a school of tiny fish might from the narrow opening of this cave system. At the entrance to the cave, raptors congregate in anticipation of an easy meal. As they dive toward the bats, the line opens and separates before joining together again in a twisting ribbon.

This unusual cave has created the ideal refuge for many thousands of bats. Feeding on an ample supply of insects in this agricultural region, they act in many ways as a natural form of biological pest control. Revered and respected by villagers, some of the bat caves are even honored by monks.Hundreds of bats chirp and jostle in their roost, sleeping away the day in anticipation for the night hunt.

This spectacle occurs for hours every night. Established in 1962, the second largest National Park in Thailand, Khao Yai is located about four hours from Bangkok in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima Province. Over 2,168 kilometers in area, the park is home to a huge variety of creatures in addition to the many bats.

Wrinkled Lip Bats exiting Khao Yai cave

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.

Offline Roger

Re: Bat Caves of Khao Yai ♦ video
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2013, 03:02:42 PM »
I've seen this spectacle several times just north of Cha am. Always about 10 minutes before the sun goes down, they come out in a stream that lasts for say 15 minutes. Hundreds of thousands of Bats at a guess. Inside the bat caves is not a pleasant place to be - with hundreds of years of droppings and cockroaches I believe.
It's a sight to behold. The man at Cha am has a nice wooden house and 4 rai under the cliff with the bat cave - he provides a viewing platform and car parking and has been trying to sell the house, land and potential business for several years. (Baht 4 million).

Offline thaiga

Re: Bat Caves of Khao Yai ♦ video
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 12:12:22 PM »
My first holiday in thailand was at Cha am regent palace hotel - dem wer da days.- great place.

 Why dont you try this next time your there. Tethered balloon flights in hua hin  :evilgrin

Magic Balloon - man overboard
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.