Monday, January 8, 2018

Khao Sok National Park Thailand: Tapir image

Though supposedly nocturnal, we sometimes see the very strange & very cute Tapir in Khao Sok National Park on Paddle Asia tours.

Tapirs are odd-toed ungulates.  Their front legs have 4 toes and their hind legs have 3 toes.  #khaosok #thailandtours #naturetours

Tapir image Khao Sok National Park with Paddle Asia

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Jungle Survival Campfire Tender

Even though it's now the dry season here in southern Thailand, it doesn't hurt to be prepared just in case there is an odd shower or a heavy dew. Don't risk not being able to get a fire started by not having dry tinder. One thing you can do is us a pencil sharpener to make fine shavings. Do this from the convenience of being at home. 

Find a dry stick and shave away. You can carry your new tinder in an old pill bottle. Keep the desiccant pack that was used to keep moisture out of whatever pills/medicine was originally in the bottle in the bottle. I actually save them up and add more than one usually... just to play it extra safe.

Another thing that I tend to carry is some bamboo toothpicks... cheap, light, and easy to carry.

jungle survival campfire tender
Campfire tender that you prepared at home.
You could do this is the jungle too if necessary.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Wild Edible Passionfruit

This is wild Passionfruit. it contains a form of cyanide (cyanogenic glycoside) that is highest when unripe, but is at acceptable levels when ripe.

Passionfruit is 20% carbohydrate, a mere 2% protein (need to eat the seeds to get the amino acids), and it's very low in fat.

100 grams of passionfruit does have around 90 calories, so that's very helpful.

The fruit has respectable amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, and Iron.

wild edible plants passionfruit
Wild edible Passionfruit 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Cheow Lan Lake tours: drone images from Khao Sok National Park

Cheow Lan Lake drone images Khao Sok National Park. Paddle Asia jungle tours. #khaosok #cheowlanlake #thailandtours

Images by Mr. Rob Aldridge on Paddle Asia's jungle survival tour.

  Cheow Lan Lake floating jungle huts in Khao Sok National Park.
Cheow Lan Lake floating jungle huts in Khao Sok National Park.

Aerial view of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park
Aerial view of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wild edible plants: fishtail palm

The Fishtail Palm has edible parts throughout it's life. The most ideal stage is when it's a young tree. At this stage you can split it open and access the soft core. This core is similar to young coconut meat. It's high in oil, thus high in calories... something that you definitely want/need in a survival situation. 

It's also tasty, so it's not like you're going to have to force yourself to eat it. This is a very, very common plant.

edible wild plant fishtail palm
The core of the fishtail palm tastes a bit like young coconut meat

wild edible jungle plant fishtail palm
Very common and very easy to recognize.
You can't really confuse this with any inedible plants.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jungle survival: bamboo lashing

OK, this ain't pretty, but it's effective. If you're lashing bamboo and it's slippery, tie a bit of rope above the next highest 'node' (joint) to hold it in place.

Bamboo lashing jungle survival shelter building

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jungle survival: termite mound uses

Termite mounds are a good thing to find in a survival situation. You can smear the termites on your skin as mosquito repellent. You can eat termites. Termite mounds make really good campfire fuel.
Also, you can sprinkle termites in creeks to draw fish into your trap/net.

Termite mound uses for survival