Giant geckos in the bed, bats in the bathroom, spiders in your shoes, and snakes under your bungalow, these are just a few of the animals you will find everywhere in Southeast Asia. If you have any phobias of these animals, this is probably not the best place for you to come. However, if you have an interest in snakes, insects, arachnids, or bats, you’ll always be entertained, even when you least expect it! In many of the countries we have been to, especially those in the tropics, wildlife is all around. You do not have to look for it, chances are, it will find you.
Most mornings, I like to wake up on my own however, in Kep, Cambodia the local wildlife is only too happy to help. One morning, I woke up to a loud thumping on the wall. It sounded like someone was pounding on the wall so I went outside to see who was making all that noise so early in the morning. To my surprise, it was not a person, but a giant Tokay gecko beating a millipede on the side of the wall. It was the largest gecko I had ever seen! By the time I found the source of the noise, it was only 4:00 am so I went back to bed. I thought I would be able to sleep well until 6:00 am, when I normally get up, but only an hour and a half later, we heard screeching in the ceiling. This time Zach got up to check, and it turned out to be a little family of rats. While a hunting Tokay is not my favorite way to wake up, especially at 4:00 in the morning, it is always amazing to be in a place so filled with wildlife.
Thankfully, you don’t only see animals when you are trying to sleep. Another night, I walked to the bathroom to brush my teeth, and before I closed the door, a bat flew in. He just flew around in circles until I let him out, but it was awesome. He was an insectivorous bat feasting on the many insects that also call the tropics home. After watching the bat, I went to bed. Within only minutes of lying down, two Tokay launched themselves at my head. Thank God we had a mosquito net!
Other than Tokay and bats, occasionally you get huge rats that run through your room, spiders in your shoes, or snakes around in or around your bungalow. These animals are all around in these countries and we must remember that it is us, who are in their territory. Whether it is at home or while traveling, enjoy all wildlife, which you see!