Visit to the Bat Caves

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by BobS, Jan 15, 2004.

  1. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    This is an interesting side trip if you are near Sukhothai. This is actually a local park near some small mountains. Every evening, millions of bats come flying out of caves on the mountains.

    They started flying about 5:25 pm, and took over 20 minutes to finish.

    To get there, head west on Route 12 from Sukhothai towards Tak. In Lan Hai, turn right (north) just after a brown building and just before the police box.

    There are some craters along this road, but most are avoidable, and the rest are not deep. But, remember that you will be riding out in the dark.

    After 19 km, there is a marked 4-way intersection - turn left. After 6 km, this road ends at a dam. Cross the dirt road on the dam and turn right. You will come to a gate house 1 1/2 km after leaving the pavement. The park itself is another 5 km on a dirt road.

    All the dirt roads were quite good - no ruts, and minimal gravel. Easily doable on a sport bike.

    We left Sukhothai at 4 pm, and got there at 5:10. About 10 minutes longer coming home in the dark.

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  3. StanGayuski

    StanGayuski Ol'Timer

    Did any get into your hair? Or would you advise helmits on?
    I missed this attraction on my ride on route 12 to Tak from Suk, Is there a bat-sign Robin?

    Have you been to Pattaya yet Bob?...Try for guesthouse "Freeway" just south of the central part of South Pattaya...The ajacent club on premise has glass walled pool and from the club you can view the show of the naked aquatic sisters....Goes great with the other "bar snacks".
  4. BobS

    BobS Ol'Timer

    No Stan, there is a glass walled, air-con viewing booth.

    Seriously, you are about 1 km away from these mountains, and they swarm out or the upper caves. Almost looks live wisps of smoke when they start out. Probably flying about 50 meters above you.

    Road might be marked in Thai - which essentially means it is not marked. The directions will get you there.

    Not sure why you put a Pattaya GH review on this thread - perhaps bats there as well?

    Or exceptionally batty bargirls?

  5. StanGayuski

    StanGayuski Ol'Timer

    HI Bob
    Well the GH attraction is worth the stay if only for one evening in the Aquatic Bar - A large indoor swimming pool the glass wall of which is viewable from the bar where one can see the underwater antics of the.....Naked bar ladies slithering in the water. Ester Williams' they are not!...But, the coreography is, well..."skin-ney"

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