THAILAND VACATION – Secluded Beaches and Wildlife Heaven

THAILAND VACATION – Secluded Beaches and Wildlife Heaven

We had two weeks to spend traveling Thailand. She likes sugar and spice and everything nice. I liked snakes, snails and puppy-dog tails. She was seeking crystal-clear waters and beautiful resorts on Private beaches. I was there to rough it in the jungles and see the wildlife, the elephants, the monkeys and lizards and snakes! We were both there for the food, to spend as little money as possible and to avoid these guys at all costs. This is our quest for the perfect dream vacation in Thailand first Stop, Khao Sok. We’re boating with a small group to our isolated floating bungalows for a night. our tour guide reassured us it’s about A 45-minute boat ride… if the Engine doesn’t break. About a nine-hour paddle… if we don’t lose our paddles. And about a 12 hour swim. Our guide Kui also admitted to me that he wears sunglasses so that his group won’t notice if he falls asleep during the tour. The beauty of this place is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Like something out of the movie Avatar. Incredible white Limestone cliffs dripping with stalactites into fresh bluegreen water. It’s hard to imagine these mountains were made by tiny animals Millions of years ago. And with our trusty captain leading the way, we arrived safely at our bungalow. You can choose between several different bungalow styles ranging from primitive, consisting of a bed and four Bamboo walls, to modern consisting of a bed and four plywood walls. Baby, have you seen my flop? I can only find my flip. We chose the modern bungalows only because we booked this last minute during the high season and it was the best deal. The bungalows are extremely relaxing and will rock you to sleep. There were no mosquitoes to distract you from the strange noises coming from the jungle But we did find THIS in a nearby cave. Look what Hank found! Several optional tours leave throughout the day to other bungalows, jungle treks and other scenic parts of the Lake. Or, you can just kick back and Kayak or swim or ponder or Dangle your feet and observe the latest male swimsuit fashions from Germany. (Speaking German) Hello, Inez. Schon Dass ich Dich cannon galant hop. We had a great quiet group. At first everyone kind of kept to themselves But by the end of the trip everyone was exchanging Facebook profiles. Kui and the other locals were awesome! They reminded me a lot of the cowboys back home in that they were always cutting up And you could never get a serious answer from them. That guy looks tired. Another Coconut Roadkill There are no signs pointing to the secret secluded resort we’re trying to find, but I had some directions written on a napkin that I accidentally used to wipe up some Tom yum goong. Either this is the place or our heads are about to be shrunken. At the Southern tip of the island is La Laanta resort and spa. video Cozy climate-controlled bungalows with running water clean restrooms and room service if that’s your thing. Is it just me or is it strange to have a swimming pool thirty feet from a tropical beach? while the wife got a massage, some tropical spirits and bikini time. I finally got to trek through the jungle in search of wild animals. Hey, dude Yep, I’d be strutting it, too. I scoured the jungle and saw some monkeys and a giant millipede. But absolutely no snakes. Where the heck are all the snakes in Thailand? Back at the resort though some other scaly beasts were waiting for their glamour shots. The Tokay Gecko is the second largest gecko in the world growing up to 51 centimetres long. Though human Development is reducing its range, this lizard is adapting well to living in man-made structures. Awe, he’s going after the cicada. There it goes Chomp time! And it’s common to see them sticking to the walls and ceilings ridding the place of big bugs and small rodents. Tokay is an onomatopoeia for its two-syllable mating call. American Soldiers in Vietnam heard something different and called it the Fu lizard. Luckily that name didn’t stick. Thailand’s superstition tells that if the tokay calls seven times it’s bad luck. luckily this one called eight. Departing from Koh Lanta, there are several other island tours. We chose the one that had the least tourists and best snorkeling. Koh Rok. There we sponged up Empty Beach Paradise and Crystal clear water In shallow Coral reefs, uncountable species of colorful fish are just as curious about you as you are about them. clownfish, parrotfish Puffers, damsels, you name it. The highlight was an eight-foot long green moray eel. If you like snorkeling, you’ll go bananas at Koh Rok. Back at La Laanta resort we were making friends with the locals and marinating in relaxation. Next we’re abandoning the finer luxuries to bask in the basics. I chose a secluded River Lodge Deep in the jungle desperately hoping to finally find some wild snakes. We weren’t there five minutes before we stopped to appreciate the Draco’s clinging to the trees. A draco or flying dragon is a lizard that can flare its ribcage into winged-like gliders and glide from tree to tree. And you’ll never believe what was hunting the flying Draco’s. A Paradise FLYING SNAKE! You heard me, a flying snake! I thought you only saw flying snakes on National Geographic and here’s one found 5 meters from our lodge. This is truly paradise! Keen eyesight helps these snakes hunt lizards, frogs, Birds and bats before subduing them with a mild venom that’s harmless to humans. To avoid predators this snake will race up a tree if that doesnt detour the predator, the snake will leap into the air, Flatten its body, glide and pilot to another tree. After releasing my first snake I didn’t waste a second before charging into the jungle. The cicadas in the canopy made me feel at home with their tornado siren sounding calls. Knowing I was trekking in a place where I could rustle up a python or a king Cobra was too good to be true. I felt like I was five [years] old again venturing into the mysterious forests for answers, but I was warned to watch my step closely. Especially for the Malayan pit viper. This highly venomous invisible snake keel more people in Thailand than any other. And if it couldn’t get any more adventurous, the Sun Went down. I don’t know how many hours I lost track of. My flashlight thoroughly searched the surrounding wilderness, and I was able to find two snakes including this redneck Keelback. This snake was formerly listed as non-Venomous until it recently keeled someone. And almost several others. Most bites are dry But if this snake can chew on you long enough to envenomate you with fangs in the back of its mouth, you’ve got a problem. Halfway across the planet and again I find myself watching out for the rednecks. I supposed I should get back and let the wife know I wasn’t eaten by a tiger. What’s wrong baby? I can’t go anywhere. What’s the problem? These guys Alright, I’m gonna let him go. It’s a moth. He’s showing you his abdomen. He’s got these Orange and black bands, and he was a vibration his wings He’s trying to pretend like he’s a bee so that I’ll leave him alone, but I’m not gonna hurt you Next we’re headed to another supposedly beautiful secluded beach at the sunshine Paradise resort on the east coast in Prachuap Khiri Khan. Hope I’m saying that right. We arrived late so checked into a 15-dollar room That was better than any $60 room in the U.S. Then the next morning checked into a $45 room That was better than any $200 room back home I’ve stayed in. Not to mention It was on a private Beach. We realized a swimming pool 30 feet from the beach is great to rinse the salt water off in. There are a lot of dangerous animals in Thailand, but nobody ever warned us of falling coconuts. Upon research several news outlets have claimed that you’re more likely to die from a falling coconut Than a shark attack. And check out this watermelon sized fruit dangling in the canopy called a jackfruit Probably because it’s really going to jack you up if it lands on your melon. The nearby Temple is a great place to set aside your irrational fears and live in the now. Notice I’m not attempting to pronounce this one. High above a peaceful ocean I can’t help ponder how Difficult it must be for a Thai immigrant to leave all these remarkable settings and Fairytale backdrops to plant roots in a drab spice-less landscape. Shooting video… Alright guys, it’s Christmas Eve, and I’m about to go road cruising for snakes for the first time. I’m so excited that the camera’s shaking. I can’t hold the camera steady. We might find Cobras. We might find a python we might find vipers! Wish me luck. Merry Christmas. After a good hour of road cruising Santa brought me one of the best gifts I’ve ever been blessed with. And after another hour… the teadliest snake in Thailand! A stalking stuffed with Christmas vipers was going back to the resort with me for some glamour shots. I’ve never had a white Christmas in Texas, but here, I’m having the white lipped pit Viper Christmas I’ve always dreamed of. Pit vipers are named after their heat sensing organs called pits… the holes between their eyes and nostrils. big elliptical pupils keen for night vision, a sensitive forked tongue able to taste the smallest molecules in stereo and heat sensing pits leave sleeping lizards, birds and active frogs little hope for hiding. All right if there was a snake that I was concerned about It was this one. This is the Malayan pit viper and What makes this snake so tangerous is that it’s almost invisible when it lies in the weeds This little girl will sit there motionless. She won’t move. If you don’t see her, and if you step on her, she will tag you. Look how gentle she’s being. But if you get bit by this guy… if you don’t get to medical attention… Good chance you’re going to say goodbye to your foot or your leg you might even dye. You’re ready to go back home? Next we’re headed to the Mountain beauty of Khao Yai, but first we’re going to stop and check something off the bucket list. Sewadee krub. There’s a saying we say on Mexican surf Safaris that only a surfer knows the feeling. If you’ve ever been on a long trek through the jungle streams and up the steep banks on the shoulders of an elephant It would be just as difficult to describe the feeling with words… An immense sensation of beauty and awe will have to do for now. beautiful Yes! Thank you so much. Awe! Just a few hours drive from Bangkok is Khao Yai, National Park. Scenery waterfalls and wildlife and monkeys were the highlights of our afternoon. Bless you. The more you watch monkeys the more you start to see your friends and family in them. Just outside the park we found an awesome bungalow Inside the bathroom we found an asian painted frog and inside the shower, check this out a snake shed! There are all sorts of cracks in the wall, so the geckos could come and go as they please. You don’t even have to leave your house to find amazing animals here. You know what’s awesome guys? is taking a lump in Thailand and looking over And there’s a gigantic spider next to you. I’m really hoping he doesn’t jump up my leg. Oh Yeah… Ohhhhh Yeah…. There he is right there. I love this country! MUSIC: “Angel’s Serenade” by Southern Backtones

100 thoughts on “THAILAND VACATION – Secluded Beaches and Wildlife Heaven

  1. you should have your own TV show or something I was so blown away and entertained by this video I love it. I like how your completely calm being so close to wildlife.. I love snakes I HATE spiders lol I would be freaking out if that big ass spider was in my bathroom lol

  2. Your living the life Sir! Music, storms, wildlife and travel. I keep telling myself, I'll invest in some equipment to record my East Coast Snake Hunting Adventures, but I just can't seem to stack 1500, for the purpose of video.. If you have any pointers, Hank, I'd surely appreciate the insight!

  3. On another note, I always hear you saying how, the way you approach the snake, can almost always determine the reaction. I wanna second that notion, as I kept a 4' Southern brown phase Timber this past summer, and could free handle her, without any recourse. I even have a photo, holding her 12 inches or so down the neck, documenting it, and the level of confidence I had with her. She is now back in the outskirts of a wildlife management area here in the southeast. Thanks, as always for the level of insight and personal belief you share with those, unfamiliar with reptiles and their purpose.

  4. Hank, seriously, it's a damned good thing your wife is pretty in a bikini, otherwise, I might have been upset not knowing if geckos in Thailand would give you a puffy eye like your stateside run in with geckos in Kansas. :/ No matter.

  5. Whenever you say Isolated, my mind always goes to a supercell/storm and when you say something else, it sounds so weird

  6. Murica showing their ignorance again at 12:52
    Have you ever even tried looking at Trip Advisor forums? It's not like you have to go to a library to get information nowadays…

  7. "A sensitive forked tongue able to taste the smallest molecules 'In Stereo'".
    That's a lot to wrap my feeble mind around Hank. I may have blown a tube filament trying……

  8. But as always, the tornadoes sucked you back all the way to the States…

    You are one hell of a film maker Pacos. It sure stand out of the crowd.

  9. I love that in all your vlogs, you teach us something. Your narration is awesome as well as your personality! Looking forward to more vlogs, animal/tornado or any kind 🙂

  10. Hi! I'm curious, how did you travel from khao sok to koh lanta? Was this expensive? How long did it take? I'd love to do a similar trip! Flights from Bangkok to Khao Sok are cheap but a flight to Krabi from Khao Sok is very expensive, if you know any secrets or alternatives I would greatly appreciate it 🙂

  11. dude you gotta take more picture stills for your woman of your woman she's gorgeous! and always expecting it but your filming lol 🙂 take some stills man 😉 your awesome btw love your narration and what you reveal to us loungeroom explorers! also this is this profile's missus' replying here lol he's out and i'm on his profile 🙂 wish we could explore the world like you guys are doing ! 🙂 until then iill watch you and dream , and i'll show fading mist my man your video for a bit of inspiration!

  12. The expressions of your wife and mother in law when they are being patient with you crack me up. Poor wife trying to keep her butt out of your vacation movie. She is knock out!

  13. The US sucks compared to what you show here. I worked with a guy a decade ago who moved to Thailand and loves it. I can't help but wonder how much better of a life is waiting outside of the US, and more importantly, how much less commercialism exists.

  14. That was a great tour thank you for showing us the beautiful sights. I'm too old to visit, but your movie allowed my wife and I to feel and sense the beauty of Thailand.

  15. I've been in Thailand once in 1997 when I was 16. I wasn't allowed to see much back then, but boy it's a beautiful country and the people are friendly… I'd like to visit Thailand again someday…maybe traveling more up to the Northern part and visit Vietnam, too.
    Your videos are so funny, beautiful, and enjoyable…and the most important thing for me: it's informative. I just love them all. And you have a gorgeous wife, hello miss Natchaya (if I'm not mistaken the spelling of your name, if I do, I'm very sorry). You guys are such a sweet and lucky couple to found each other… ???
    Greetings from Indonesia. ??

  16. Watching this video, I forgot that this channel was about Storm spotting/chasing. Great stuff man! Philippines should be your next destination… if ever.

  17. That was absolutely the best 15 minute tour of Thailand, EVER! I would be on a 'higher plain', being there in person. Just taking the 'Hank" tour, put me in a place so much better than I was before I spent the last hour or so with you guys. So, thanx. Much appreciation. Mean while, time warp back here to Sep. 11th, 2017, and a touch to the west of you, I have a question. We (my gal and I) have discovered that some new neighbors moved in to a tree just outside the back door, and just in front of our office window. They are some sort of rodents……a rodent family. It appears to be Mr., Mrs., and junior. They have a long "rat" tail, probably just under the length of their body. Here is the "HHhhmmmm" part, their bodies are multiple colors. Their backs are a slate grey color and it transitions into a soft white color on the underbelly. When they look at us looking at them, they have round ears like a mouse. Contrary to what I said previously about them living in the tree, I think they just hang out in the tree at night, 'cause there is no sign of them in the daylight. We live in Yuma, AZ, and after seeing your 'wildlife' vids, We thought you may be able to help us identify them. Thank you, Jim and Nellie.

  18. Love love love this video and seeing the adventures you and your insanely beautiful wife were able to experience…minus the snakes they are my biggest pathological fear thank goodness for fast-forwarding!! Found your channel a few hrs ago and I've been vegging on it ever since ?

  19. As long as you do not allow the mangrove to chew on you for a bit you should be ok 🙂 Unless they have a different type of mangrove than I know of .

  20. Never particularly wanted to go to Thailand before now. You SHOULD do a show. On anything. You have a great way of sharing your thoughts and experiences….Thank you!

  21. This might be the first channel that I've clicked the bell icon for. Absolutely love every video you make, Hank. They're entertaining, educational, and just straight up fascinating. I love listening to either poetic, or hilarious diolouge as you chase storms, or rescue snakes and other creatures. Stay awesome man.

  22. This is the first blog I've watched, but it was amazing! Great job, man. I'd totally watch this on TV if it were made into a series.

  23. At first glance I thought the title read: Secluded Beaches and Wildwife heaven LOL!
    Suggestion: Create a video/audio book of your travels. Or short ones for tourism. Give em crazy titles.

  24. well.. you tried 😀 the schön was surprisingly well, just a bit to short. sheen
    and it would be euch, because those are two gals, dich is singuöar (unlike you which can be both. )
    Schön, dass ich euch kennengelernt habe

    sheen, dass ich oich kennan gu.. learnt ho-bah
    (ge in gelernt like gu n gust.
    lernt -the e in lernt is like the e in there, shifting into a, so : learnt
    the a in hab is pronounced like ho in hot. it ends on a schwa.. so.. if you say the word funnel, then the schwa is like the er in summer (so more summah)

    but you americans have problem with the ch.. yeah, s shite if there is some phon missing in one language but not another..

    I like language. still english is so much nicer despite it having even less "sensible" connection between written word and spoken.

    but hey, we regularly sthumble over the th in all iths glory

    those moths are beautiful.. sadly the BF isphobic, so I'll dont think I'll ever get there lol

    okay, after seeing that giant crabspider (well it poses like one idk whether it is one) I'm sure I'll never get there..his arachnophobia is worse than his general entomophobia ) well, whatevs

  25. DUDE
    thats YOUR wife ?

    hello kayak .com
    whats best price to thailand !?

    i want some thai girl to find me !

    awesome video congrats

  26. LMAO with the spider…. I would have died!!!…. You are a Freak!!!…. I love it…. Great Video….

  27. Me too came here for the storm chasing (Really good videos Pecos Hank), but ended up watching some nice highlights of your holiday But if you want snakes come to Australian, Inland Taipan, Eastern brown snake and the tiger snake just to name a few. them, you can look at but don't play with them. Watch this old but funny

  28. You and your wife are beautiful people and you guys definitely deserve your own show. The music talent….the storm chasing talent…the entertainment factor and your good looks definitely deserve a show. Sadly, without your wife you lose the beautiful part 😉

  29. You have a wonderful speaking (and singing) voice and I am enjoying all your videos immensely. Thanks for sharing!!!

  30. 8:18 – I like snakes and turtles, spiders are OK, and lizards are cool, but I'll back way or run (as the situation dictates) from wasps/hornets. NO taming/living near those evil bastards! Gotta draw the line somewhere.

  31. "Avoid those guys at all cost". Exactly. More to life than that. …I don't mind snakes, but if I saw that spider in the bathroom, I'd be on the first plane home LOL.

  32. You're quite possibly the coolest person alive… every video just leaves me entranced and wanting more. Seriously the best videos on YouTube.

  33. I got to tell you Hank, I never been interested in going to the Far East but after watching this Thailand is a definite must do! Thank you very much! By the way, how much was the total for that trip? And how did you book it?

  34. Thank you for an excellent video. I am going to Thailand in June and have similar wishes: no nearby partying, lots of wildlife (especially snakes :), as cheap as possible! We can't visit the same areas due to rainy season but I'm very hopeful I'll get some encounters.

  35. Literally has a giant spider next to him that’s jumping around that could possibly land on him and kill him
    Hank “I love this country”

  36. This was totally amazing, until I saw…..the spider.  I may never sleep again. lol      Awesome videos 😉  Except for the spiders, that is. lol

  37. Love It! But… did you make sure that the elephant ride 'company' wasn't one of many that mistreats the elephants? 😉

  38. first travel vlogger i have subscribed to. i wouldn't like half the places you go to, but you genuinely sound like you were having an amazing time. looking forward to visiting khao sok in the near future cuz of this video.. 🙂

  39. What's the name of the sweet little song @ 13:24/ 15:04? It sounds sort of Asian, and
    sort of old timey US Country as well. Is that you? Fabulous music. I'd love to purchase that.

  40. Just a note…at 6:17 that looks like Toxicodendron orientale, or Asian poison ivy vine wrapping up the tree that you're chasing around…has the same effect as North American poison ivy, if you're allergic to it.

  41. Feel like I'm watching a PBS documentary but much better. You could be the next Ken Burns of all things wild!

  42. Awww…I loved the Tokayvgeckos. My son had one for years. Also, the pigtail and longtail macaques are awesome. I can do without the spiders and the snake in the bathroom though. I love animals but, cant stand a spider and I have a healthy respect for unidentified snakes. Lol

  43. You had me until the giant arachnid in the loo. Pants down in front of venomous fangs is the definition of vulnerable. But thanks for the vid. Was great.

  44. I will never ever never go to Thailand, if I saw a spider like that while taking a dump, I would have run out with my pants around my ankles!

  45. Is that your woman there. Ah shoot not too bad. My buddy married a Tai woman about 5 years ago. Then about a month ago sent me a pic of her friend and asked if I was interested in meeting her. I kindly passed but she was really pretty. I'm single and probably stay that way quite happy actually.

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