Saturday, September 24, 2016

Thailand jungle trekking tours to Khao Sok National Park

Arguably the best place to go trekking in Thailand is Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand. There are quite a few trails in the national park, but our favorite excursions involve hiking up creeks.

Creeks allow access deep into the tropical jungle.  Even when the water is a bit high, this is easy going.  Once deep in the jungle, you can do little side trails to explore.

Paddle Asia has been going to Khao Sok since the early '90s.  We love exploring off the beaten path destinations and Khao Sok is ideal for this. The park is huge.  There are dozens upon dozens of creeks to explore, mountains to climb, and even though there aren't really a lot of well-marked trails, we're experts at making out way off-trail.  That is what sets us apart. Navigating through the thick, verdant tropical jungle without getting lost is our forte.  In addition to seeing old-growth jungle on these hikes, you'll be treated to learning about wild edible plants.  It's a 'full package' experience hiking in the jungle with our guides.

For more information on our Thailand jungle trekking tours in Khao Sok National Park, see http://paddleasia.com/destinations/khao_sok.htm

Thailand jungle trekking
Thailand jungle trekking tours in Khao Sok National Park
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phang Nga Bay Cave

Kayaking into the popular caves in Phang Nga Bay can be a wonderful experience, but it has become overly popular.  The popular caves are often crowded as there are dozens of mass tourism tour operators that visit every single day.

Luckily, you can visit Phang Nga Bay caves without seeing the thundering masses with Paddle Asia.  Our goal is to visit the natural wonders sans the crowds.

We kayak to a cave on our unique Phang Nga Bay day trip and we visit another cave on our multi-day adventures.

If you want an intimate experience with a limestone cave in the bay, Paddle Asia is your absolute best option.

Additionally, we have the only fleet of proper sit-inside (decked) kayaks.  All other tour operators use sit-on-top kayaks or inflatable canoes.  Some now have a few sit-inside kayaks, but that's our specialty and we have a massive fleet of them!

Phang Nga Bay cave
Phang Nga Bay cave kayaking tour

Monday, September 5, 2016

Secluded Beaches in Thailand

It is actually easy to find secluded beaches in Thailand if you choose a tour operator who focuses on getting away from other tour groups. Paddle Asia does just that.  Even the very popular Phang Nga Bay has plenty of secluded beaches. The mass tourism groups and big day trip tour operators all go to the same places, leaving plenty of tropical islands untouched and secluded.

In fact, besides the beaches, you can see world famous hongs (hidden lagoons) of Phang Nga Bay, not the ones that everyone else goes to, but other ones that are just as stunning, without having to share the experience with a crowd of tourists.

Please visit http://paddleasia.com for more information.

Secluded beaches in Thailand

Phang Nga Bay secluded beaches

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thailand jungle creek crossing adventure

The rainy season in Thailand means more adventure opportunities, such as wild jungle creek crossing.  The water in southern Thailand is never really cold, so that's a plus.  Trekking in jungle creeks is a wonderful way to access the almost impenetrable tropical jungle.

All safety precautions are taken on Paddle Asia adventure tours. Dave is a certified rescue technician through Rescue 3 International, a certified first aid instructor through Emergency First Response, and all guides are certified in first aid through EFR.  With this, you can rest assured that we know how to do risk assessments and only offer adventures that are safe.

Here are some images from a recent Khao Sok National Park family adventure. We spent a week exploring a variety of creeks, waterfalls, and did some interesting jungle hiking.  It rained off and on throughout the week.  This actually added to the dramatic effect.  As a bonus, when it stopped raining, the air was clear and vivid.


All-in-all, there is no bad time to go on an adventure in southern Thailand. The rainy season, if you're prepared to get wet, offers its own kind of rewards.

Khao Sok jungle creek crossing

Southern Thailand jungle creek hike

Jungle creek hiking

Khao Sok creek swimming

Khao Sok river swimming

Tropical jungle creek crossing

Crossing a jungle creek in Khao Sok National Park


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Campfire Cooking Ideas - jungle bamboo utensils

Here we are cooking chicken on a bamboo stick on a recent jungle survival based trip in Khao Sok National Park. It rained hard this day, yet we got a good enough fire to do everything that we wanted to do: built a bamboo shelter, got a raging fire going, boiled some water to make ginger tea, steamed some rice in bamboo, and grilled some chicken caveman style.

Bamboo skewers for campfire cooking
Campfire cooking for kids

Jungle Survival Tips: Lashing Bamboo

When lashing slippery bamboo to slippery bamboo sometimes you can put a cinching style of knot above a nod to aid in the support. Though this might not look fancy, it was quick and it didn't use a lot of material.

It was raining, so everything was a bit more slippery. This held me (Dave) up.  I'm close to 200 Lbs. 

Pic by our good friend/guest Valts Vilnitis from Latvia.


Top survival tip for lashing bamboo
Bamboo lashing cut bamboo to standing bamboo

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Trip Planning: Mapping app

This is an extremely easy to use online program for mapping a route with waypoints or tracks. It's dead easy to plot your proposed route here, then export to your GPS... as a GPX file. Scroll in so it's easy to see where you want to make a waypoint, then double click. A waypoint will be made. Click save every time you make a waypoint.

I used to painstakingly use Google Earth then transfer each waypoint over. This is so much easier... scroll it to pinpoint where you want a WP, scroll back out to make sure where you want the next one, scroll back in to put it exactly where you want... repeat.
http://www.gpsies.com/createTrack.do