There will be a 5 hour trek through the pristine forest, where visitors will be able to take in the beauty of its vast array of flora and fauna. Ancient trees climbing towards the sky also harbor numerous other plant and animal life, all in competition for the sun's rays. Seasonal wild flowers and fruits can be found in abundance, as well as weird looking fungi. Visitors may be fortunate enough to spot some diurnal animals such as black giant squirrel, gray-bellied squirrel, pig-tailed macaques, or wild boar. It is guaranteed that some very bizarre looking insect life will be found, some camouflaged to perfection and some with bright luminous coloring impossible to miss. Large monitor lizards can be seen high up in the trees basking in the sun, and a wide variety of snakes can be found slithering away into the deep jungle. Bird life is often heard before it is seen; birds too are well camouflaged within the colorful canopy above. While nocturnal animals are typically sleeping or hiding, we are often still lucky enough to spot the occasional bat or flying lemur.
"A Malayan flying lemur looking down onto the visitors before climbing high up on the Hopea sp tree. Wild born gibbons Hope and Toffee are foraging in their home range, stopping for a while in front of the tree bole with a creeper herb Rhaphidophora sp, observing the visitors as they pass by." (M0011, M0010 @Suwit Punnadee)
Visitors are guaranteed an eventful day. However, the highlight will of course be the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe one of the gibbon families that have been released into the park as part of the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. An hour will be spent following these beautiful animals' acrobatic as they swing from tree to tree, occasionally stopping to rest, groom, play and feed. We will be able to see the gentle interactions between mothers and infants, the protective instincts of the father watching the visitors' every move, as well as the rough and tumble play of juvenile siblings, soon preparing to leave this group to start a new and entirely wild family of their own.
Arrival at: Bang Pae waterfall or Ton Sai waterfall
Registration: 09: 00 am
Orientation: 09: 10 am
Duration: 5 hours (09: 20 am - 02: 00 pm)
What to bring: meals, snack, drinking water, rain coat, insect repellant, personal medicine, camera