Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle huts

When we're not out paddling or hiking in Khao Sok, we're chilling at the floating bungalows. They have several really cool diving platforms at the floating bungalows... good clean fun and entertainment. Or, you can just chill on the deck of your very groovy floating bungalow.

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle hut

Khao Sok National Park floating jungle hut

Bats in the jungle

When you hike through the jungle and come upon a fan palm with the leaves folded over, this is why. Bats hang out here (literally). They bite the leaves to make them fold over. Apparently, this is the help hide them from predators and perhaps to give them a bit more shelter from the rain.

Thailand jungle bats

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Edible ant eggs

On our jungle survival courses you learn how to find food that does require you to waste a lot of energy 'hunting'. These images are of Red Ant eggs for sale on the side of the road in central Laos. Red Ant nests are fairly common throughout the region and in a survival situation they're a very good find.

The ants are edible and the eggs are as well. The eggs are about 12% protein. They're low in fat. The are high in iron. They also have calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and three of the B vitamins: B1, vitamin B2 and B3 (Niacin).

Edible red ant eggs nest

edible ant eggs survival food

wild edible food red ant eggs

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Benefits of eating scorpions

Scorpions tend to have twice the protein content of their relatives, the crabs, but there are some negatives with consuming scorpions. The have tannin and phytate. Both tannin and phytate are water soluble, so boiling the scorpion, then pouring off the water solves that issue. This, however, also gets rid of any water soluble nutrients.

Phytic acid is claim by some scientists to inhibit the absorption of certain minerals, namely calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, and chromium. Other scientists claim this to be pure myth based on the fact that humans do produce the enzyme phytase, though the amount varies in individuals, so some folks could have issues while others not.
Some species of scorpions have calcium oxalate. This is not water soluble. In high enough amounts, the calcium oxalate crystals can end up causing kidney issues in the form of stones.

In a survival situation, this is somewhat a moot point as the benefits of eating overrule this downside and it's not like you're going to feast on them.
A very positive aspect of eating scorpions is the calories that they offer. 100 grams offers over 300 kcal of vital energy for your body.

benefits of eating scorpions
Eating scorpions in a survival situation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ao Phang Nga National Park Kayaking Tour

Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park is a world class sea kayaking destination.  However, that means that it's popularity can cause crowds.  Luckily, there are plenty of secluded tropical islands where no one else goes.  Koh Chong Lat in the far northern part of Ao Phang Nga Bay is one such place.

This island features stunning limestone cliffs, loads of small secluded beaches, verdant jungle, and a good variety of wildlife.  Crab-eating Macaque sights are common as are several kingfisher species including the gorgeous Brown-winged Kingfisher (which is mostly bright orange), the Common Kingfisher, the brilliant blue Collared Kingfisher, and the Black-capped Kingfisher.

Additionally, there are a few sea caves that you can poke around in with your sea kayak.  There is one massive shallow cave that you can paddle into to gaze at the many unique stalactites.

If you're interested in sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay National Park and you don't want to see other visitors, go with Paddle Asia.  Besides having the only fleet of proper sit-inside kayaks, the only guides who are trained to international safety standards, Paddle Asia specializes in getting away from everyone else.  For more information, see http://www.paddleasia.com/destinations/phang_nga.htm 

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

A variety of delicious Thai food is served during the adventure

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Chong Lat Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea cave kayaking Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Sea kayaking in Ao Phang Nga Bay

Ao Phang Nga Bay secluded beach on Koh Chong Lat island
One of the many, many secluded beaches on Koh Chong Lat in Ao Phang Nga Bay.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Krabi sea cave kayaking in mangrove forest

Sometimes we'll explore the Thalane area of Krabi Province.  We do this with repeat guests who have seen the other areas we offer already and sometimes we visit Krabi on longer trips.  The Thalane area is full of mangrove channels to explore, there is one hong to visit, and there is the famous 'canyon' as well.

Krabi kayaking is not something that we regularly offer as the area is prone to have big big mass tourism day trip groups.

Sea canoeing trip in Krabi canyon
The famous Krabi Canyon kayaking trip.

Hidden hong in Thalane Krabi
The hong in Thalane in Krabi

Kayaking in Krabi mangrove forest
Mangrove channel sea kayaking in Thalane, Krabi

Sea cave and hong in Krabi
This is the cave leading out of the hong in Thalane, Krabi

Sea kayaking in Krabi mangrove forests
There are endless mangrove channels in the Krabi mangrove