The Bats of Ratchaburi

One thing we love about Thailand is that it can still surprise you. While hoards of tourists flock to places like Maya Bay and Erawan Falls, there are still some unbelievably beautiful spots tucked in out of the way.

We just found one of those in the flight of the bats in a small town in Ratchaburi Province. Every evening an amazing spectacle unfolds. Just as the sun is setting, millions of bats begin streaming out of a single cave in some limestone rocks. The bats form a thin ribbon that streaks across the sky and it twists and turns, dancing as the bats continue to pour out. It’s a pretty incredible spectacle and one that can be seen in a few places around Thailand. 
This spectacle happens every evening, every day of the year. During the rainy season, from May through October you have a higher chance of getting rained out, but if you’re in Ratchaburi at this time, it’s probably still worth going unless a large storm is passing through and the rain isn’t letting up.
The bats exit the cave between 5:30 and 6 pm every day, and the flight lasts around 45 minutes, although it is most impressive in the first 15 to 20 minutes.