I mentioned in the previous post that we took a stopover at a big wat somewhere north of Bangkok. Who are those “we”? Well, obviously I'm not Multiple Man so I can't make copies of me. I joined a tour to one of wildlife parks of Thailand. Our destination is Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary.
The trip to Phukhieo is the longest land trip of my life! I'm not exaggerating when I say that my butt hurt most of the duration of the trip. Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary is miles and miles away from Bangkok.
|Are we there yet?|
Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Chaiyaphum Province, which is about 280 km northeast of Bangkok. The province is divided into two by the Phetchabun Mountain Range*. The place is highly forested that's why there are many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in this province.
We rented two vans for this trip since our group consists of around 20 people. We started our travel around 7 AM and we reached Phukhieo around 5 PM! Very long trip right? Well, stopovers are included in the travel time.
|Still on the road.|
Sitting inside the van for the whole day is boring. Me and my seatmates killed time by talking, sleeping, talking, munching biscuits, etc. We even made fun of those who are sleeping (he he he). Our group became excited when saw welcome sign of Phukhieo and some rhinoceros.
The travel to the main area of the wildlife sanctuary still took around an hour.
We are so happy and relieved the moment we reach the office of Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary in the middle of the forest. But before we went to our rooms, the staff of Phukhieo invited us for a short introduction of the wildlife sanctuary inside their office.
All of my tiredness due to long travel was gone the moment I saw the big skull of an elephant.
The skull is very big! Its tusk is longer than my arm. How I wish I can take this back home and display it at the front yard of our house.
One of the park rangers told us many things about Phukhieo. Were gathered around the big scale model of the wildlife sanctuary.
Aside from the skull, I also discovered some remains from pandas.
I didn't know that pandas once roamed Thailand. Now they're all gone in Phukhieo Wildlife Sanctuary. Maybe the reason that they're not here is because bamboo tastes better in China.
After the short introduction, we we went to the guest house...
and took a short rest in our room.
I will talk about our adventures in Phukhieo so stay tuned to my future posts.
*Chaiyaphum Province page of Wikipedia.