Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thailand Adventure website now online

Another of my sites has been streamlined and beautified... this site is dedicated to Khao Sok tours. Thailand-adventure

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The edible and useful Fishtail Palm

The Fishtail Palm is very common. The roots are edible, the tuberous section tastes like coconut, and the core of young plants in edible. It has a fruit, but once the tree fruits, it dies. It takes between 15 and 25 years for a tree to fruit. 

The fruit raphides (crystals) of calcium oxalate. If you cook it, these dissolve and then become edible. The seeds are edible as is.

There is an extremely fibrous outer bark on larger trees that is superb for fire kindling.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New ThaiCycle.com site is online now

Our mountain biking site has been streamlined and improved. Please check it out http://thaicycle.com

Friday, October 25, 2013

New website design

Our new, completely redesigned website is now online at http://paddleasia.com

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sea Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay - off the beaten path

We will show you stunning parts of Phang Nga Bay without having to deal with the thundering masses that also visit the bay. The areas where we go are just as pretty, if not more so. For more info see http://paddleasia.com/destinations/phang_nga.htm

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thailand Hiking and Mountaineering Adventures

For the more hardcore adventurist, both Khao Sok and Phang Nga Province offers endless opportunities. Basically, we can pick a creek and start climbing. Sometimes this ends up being quite challenging. It always ends up being a beautiful experience.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Stick Insect Facts

Stick insects (Phasmids) can change color to match their environment. They also change color if they eat certain plants. This particular one most likely at a plant that made the color change. 

Interesting facts: there are about 2,500 known species of stick insects in the world.

Stick Insects are parthenogenetic. That means the females doesn't need a male to lay fertile eggs. 

999 out of 1,000 stick insects are female!

Stick insects have both suckers and claws on their feet, so they can walk on vertical surfaces as well as upside down.

To see more cool insects from Thailand, go to http://thailand-adventure.com/insect-images.htm  Follow the links to many other galleries.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Phang Nga Hiking Trails

One of the least known secret spots for incredible old growth jungle is Phang Nga Province. The jungle here is as good as anywhere in Southeast Asia! There are endless varieties of trails and options, from extremely easy jaunts through the jungle, to mild adventures, to extremely challenging mountain climbing. To read more, check out http://thaiwildorchids.com/hiking-itinerary.html

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rattan Palm flowers and jungle survival information

These are Rattan (palm) flowers. Rattan is a superb plant for jungle survival applications. The core is edible. This is a good source of carbohydrates with some fat (oil) content for energy as well. The shoots of many species are edible. The thin 'tendrils' can grow a meter a day under ideal conditions. Tendrils also make excellent cordage.  Flexible Rattan is wonderful for building shelters too.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Baby Elephants in Khao Sok National Park

This young Elephant came right down to the water's edge as we paddled by. How's that for up close and personal!  You can see more elephant photos at http://thailand-adventure.com/khao-sok-elephants.htm

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Malayan Tapir from Khao Sok National Park

There are four species of Tapir in the world. Three of them are in the Americas and one is over here. The one that's over here is much bigger. Tapirs are odd-toed ungulates (same family as horses and rhinoceroses). Their front feet have four toes and their back feet have three toes. 

This photo was taken in Khao Sok.  For more Tapir images, see this trip report

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Reticulated Python image from Phang Nga Province Hike Tour

This is a stunning Reticulated Python that we came across in Phang Nga Province on a hike on September 18th. We were quite remote at the time, having just climbed up and over a very tall mountain.  For more images of a python see this python image gallery

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wild Edible Fruit in the Phang Nga Province Jungle

The variety and abundance of wild jungle food, especially fruit, is truly amazing. From March through early June you could go hiking in the jungle in Phang Nga Province and not really have to carry lunch.  Read more about our Phang Nga Province jungle survival courses.  If you're not into survival activities, this is a superb place to simply go for a nice hike. There are several days' worth of trails in this area.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thailand insect images, the stunningly colorful small world

There is a myriad of small creatures in the jungle here. When you're not being dazzled by big mammals, take the time to look down and see what might be crawling around. 

If you're into insects and would like to see more, check out http://thailand-adventure.com/insect-images.htm  Follow the links to additional insect image galleries at the bottom.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Koh Yao Noi image gallery - bungalows, food, and local people

I just put a new group of photos about Koh Yao Noi on Pinterest check them out at http://pinterest.com/paddleasia/koh-yao-noi-in-phang-nga-bay/ 

Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary river otter sighting

Here is a 'raft' of Smooth Otter recently seen in Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary (on our Khao Sok trip).

On this trip we also saw Sambar Deer, Red Muntjac (deer), and a Mouse Deer.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Phuket Jungle Hiking Tour

Went hiking today with a lovely family from Hong Kong (Scottish folks). This is the Bang Pae Waterfall. Later in the day, instead of figuring out the loop that I'd only done one other time before and had in my GPS, I got, um, temporarily misaligned... and ended up going to a different park. Oh well, there was a van there and he gave us a ride back to our vehicles... sorted. That's one thing nice about being here, no matter where you are, you can get a ride.

This is the same area where we offer our Phuket Jungle Survival Courses

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary

We have changed to some even more remote bungalows for our Khao Sok tours. These bungalows are actually outside of Khao Sok National Park. They are in Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

There is a ton of wildlife in this area! We are seeing big mammals, rare mammals, lots of birds, and more. 

It's also a very kid-friendly area... with places where they can swim in rivers and explore on foot.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monitor Lizard image

A Bengal Monitor Lizard relaxes on a tree in Chiew Lan Reservoir in Khao Sok

Sambar Deer image from Khao Sok

A beautiful female Sambar Deer feeding on the shoreline in Khao Sok

Young Dusky Langur image

A fluffy young Dusky Langur sitting in Bamboo

Wild Gaur in Khao Sok National Park

A herd of Gaur seen on a rainy day in early July 2013

A common Blue Bottle Butterfly in Khao Sok National Park.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This stunning doll-like monkey is an infant Dusky Langur. We see babies fairly often, but we seldom get a nice photo of them. This wonderful shot was taken by Mr. Rhys Clarke with his 600 mm zoom lens while sitting in a kayak!

This is a Banded Langur. The Dusky Langur is very common in Khao Sok National Park. We only see this particular species every once in a while. It's always a treat to watch monkeys up in the trees.  

This photo was taken by Mr. Rhys Clarke while sitting in a kayak. He was using a 600 mm zoom lens.

This is a male Great Hornbill. He has a red eye and a distinctive black mark on the front of his cask (above his bill). Great Hornbills are very common in Khao Sok National Park. 

This is a female Great Hornbill. She has a white eye (red ring) and she has a solid yellow cask (above her bill).  The male has a red eye and a black mark on the front of his cask.  The Great Hornbill is one of the most common birds in Khao Sok National Park. We see them every time we go there. Often, we see them while we're at the floating bungalows.

The Crested Serpent-Eagle is the most user-friendly bird in Khao Sok National Park. This raptor lets you get very close, making it very easy to get a clear image.