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. Contact Us
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. Contact us

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.  Contact us

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Survival kit item: candles

'Magic' candles are a very nice addition to your fire kit in your survival kit. The weigh almost nothing, cost almost nothing, and they stay lit for a long time... even in windy condition.

They are ideal survival kit items.

survival kit candles

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Wild edible fruit: Elephant Apple - Dillenia indica

The Elephant Apple (Dillenia indica) is fairly common in the jungles of SE Asia. Nutritionally speaking, 100 grams of Elephant Apple has about 140 calories, it's 8% protein, 2% to 3% fat, has about 15 grams of calcium, 25 grams of Phosphorus, and 5 mg of Vitamin C.

It's also known as a blood cleanser that's good for your liver and kidneys. Additionally, the tannin is good for treating digestive disorders.

Wild edible fruit Elephant Apple Dillenia indica

Monday, October 9, 2017

Survival tip: best way to build a campfire in the tropics

A very necessary skill for getting a fire going strongly is to add oxygen. Cup your hand, blow into your hands and guide the wind towards the base of the fire. Get down low so you blow at the base. Blowing from above does not get the same results.
The blowing should be a crescendo of wind volume, in other words, start of lightly and increase the velocity as you blow. Take a very short breath in and repeat until the fire has a strong base of fire/coals.

best way to build a campfire in the tropics
The best way to get a campfire going is to blow an increasing amount of wind directly into the base of the fire. Start slow and increase the velocity of your wind.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Jungle survival fire kindling

In addition to fire starter material, it make a lot of sense to carry some early stage fuel such as split bamboo. I carry a pill bottle full of pre-split bamboo sticks. 

I put a silica desiccant pack in the bottle too, so that the sticks stay as dry as possible. 

split bamboo dry campfire kindling
Split dried bamboo to store in a pill box.  You can't have too much dry fuel, especially during the rainy season. 

survival fire kindling bamboo container
Put as much as you can in the bottle.  You could add some strips of inner tube rubber or cotton balls to stuff the bottle.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Collecting wild food: oysters on mangrove roots

Not the easiest way to get food, but oysters on mangrove roots don't run or swim away at least. You have to be very careful when gathering them and wet skin and razor sharp oyster shells are a recipe for cuts.

Collecting wild oysters from mangrove roots
Oysters on mangrove roots are not easy to collect, but there are a lot of them, so if you are very careful you can gather a lot of food.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Wild edible jungle food - pandanus sprout

Pandanus sprout... if you're fortunate enough to find any edible plant when it's in the sprout stage, you'll get the maximum nutritional value out of that plant. 

Sprouting is the most nutritious stage in a planting's life.

wild edible food pandanus sprout
Pandanus sprout - highly nutritious

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Survival fishing kit: best fishing method

Barbs seem to be the most prevalent fish species in the creeks in Thailand. I'm sure this is the same in other regions as well. The smaller ones are aggressive and easy to catch on either live bait (worms) or small flies such as the ones in the picture. These are both sinking flies.

The fish tend to be on the bottom, so that's where you should fish with very small flies. Bigger fish can be caught on small flies, but smaller fish are rather difficult to catch on big flies.

You do not need a fly rod. You can use a long cane pole to drop the fly where you want.

Survival fishing kit flies

Best Thailand survival fishing method
School of barbs in Thailand creek

Thailand survival fishing tips

Survival fishing techniques

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jungle survival shelter bamboo lashing

Sometimes when the bamboo is especially slippery, you have to come up with a more creative lashing technique. 

Going over the top made this lashing stay right where we wanted it to stay... problem solved.

jungle survival shelter bamboo lashing

jungle survival shelter bamboo lashing

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Remote jungle hiking safety

There are some very rugged places to hike in Phang Nga Province. I've done a lot of this solo, but I always make sure someone responsible has my plan, meaning, someone know where I'll be parked (along with the type of vehicle and license plate number), the approximate route (with GPS points), and what time I'll be back. If I don't call by (insert time) it means there is a potential problem. 

Luckily and amazingly, there is good mobile phone reception in all but the deepest valleys in Phang Nga Province.

Remote jungle hiking safety

Thailand Phang Nga Province jungle hiking safety

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Paddle Asia touring kayaks in Phang Nga Bay

We've replaced some of our older fleet with these new kayaks. 

They feature high, soft backrests, ample leg room, and they are very stable. 

These proper touring kayaks are perfectly suitable for beginners or first timers. Experienced paddlers enjoy them too.

Paddle Asia fleet of touring kayaks for Phang Nga Bay kayaking

Visit secluded beaches in Phang Nga Bay with Paddle Asia

Comfortable touring kayaks in Phang Nga Bay National Park

Roomy, stable touring kayaks for beginners and experienced paddlers

Thailand wild medicinal plants: Cassia Alata

Cassia Alata is a common plant found in alkaline areas. The leaves, bark, root, seeds, and flowers are ulitized for various medical uses. 

It's very effective for treating ringworms, but it also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It's also a mild analgesic.

Cassia Alata wild medicinal plant

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thailand Wild bananas

This is what you usually find when you find a wild banana tree... green bananas and a banana flower. 

Luckily, the banana flower is edible.

wild edible banana flower

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Best way to build a campfire

Not many things in nature take a spark quite like Kapok. This native to the region lights up quicker than a cotton ball. You have to be ready though as it burns very quickly.

So, if you're going to build a campfire, step number one is to have a big tinder bundle.  A huge pile of kapok mixed in with some dried grass or leaves works wonderfully.

Jungle survival campfire tinder
Kapok is one of the best natural fire tinder materials you can use

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thailand delicious wild edible fern

Paco Fern (Diplazium Esculentum) – Pak Goot in Thai
The young ferns fronds are quite nice, especially the tops. This is equivalent to the rather expensive and difficult to find Fiddlehead Ferns elsewhere. It’s a treat eating this tasty plant.
They can be eaten raw, but Thais usually blanch them first. Eating them raw would provide more nutritional value.
There is only just over 30 calories in 100 grams of Pak Goot, but the other nutrients make it a very worthwhile addition to your survival diet. There are antioxidants, vitamins (especially A and C), plus omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. The Beta Carotene content is also fairly high. Minerals include potassium, iron, manganese, and a bit of copper.

Thailand wild edible fern plants nutritional value

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Edible black mangrove snail

This is the very common black mangrove snail. It's easy to find and usually abundant. 

The snail meat is about 16% protein. 

Minerals are fairly abundant too: Calcium 10 mg, Magnesium 250 mg, Phosphorus 270 mg, Iron 3.5 mg, Potassium 380 mg, Sodium 70 mg, and Selenium 27 mcg.

coastal survival edible mangrove snail

Friday, September 15, 2017

Jungle survival: drinkable water from stalactites

You can get drinkable water from stalactites. If the water is flowing 'around' the stalactite, don't drink it, but if it's coming through, it's being filtered by the limestone. Some quality water filters are made from limestone.

jungle survival drinking water from stalactites
Clean drinking water from stalactite

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Jungle Survival newsletter

Check out our newest newsletter.  It features Phang Nga Province hiking trips that also include jungle survival skills training if you so desire.  

We are also now offering a coastal survival day course on Koh Yao Noi in stunning Phang Nga Bay.  Click here

Thailand jungle hiking tours
Creek hiking in beautiful Phang Nga Province

Wild edible fruit from Phang Nga Province Thailand
Wild edible fruit from Phang Nga Province

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thailand Camping Trip on a Creek

When the dry season arrives (November through April), we'll offer a two-day jungle hike in Phang Nga Province that includes camping by a lovely creek. There will be jungle survival skills training included if you wish. 

There is a LOT of wild edible food in the jungle here, so we'll sample things that are not rare (that are common and wouldn't be harmful to the environment to take).

Click here for more jungle hiking information

Thailand jungle hiking tour
Easy hiking along a beautiful jungle creek

Trekking in Thailand
There are some parts of the creek that you hike around.

Trekking in Thailand jungle
Easy trekking on a lovely jungle creek

Thailand wild edible fruit Ma Fai
Ma Fai edible jungle fruit

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thailand Leaf Insect

Leaf Insect (family Phylliidae) found on a hike in Phang Nga Province.

Leaf insect image

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Phang Nga Province hiking and survival tours

I put a few Phang Nga Province hiking/jungle survival trips on our scheduled trips page, but I can add more. Anytime I've got at least two guests (and a guide available), I can run this trip.

The jungle in Phang Nga Province rivals that of Khao Sok. The creeks and waterfalls are just as stunning. There are fewer animals, but there are still some.

We've seen some interesting stuff over the years... a beautiful python, a Pangolin, and we found a Great Argus tail feather. We've heard plenty of cool birds and monkeys as well. Check out the many route options

Thailand waterfall hiking trail

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wild ginger soap and shampoo

Squeeze these ginger bulbs (Costus spicatus) to make a natural soap or shampoo. It's actually fairly common and easy to find in the jungle.

Wild ginger soap and shampoo
Wild ginger soap and shampoo

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Natural fire starter - Kapok tree pods

It's Kapok season (genus Ceiba) again. This is, in my opinion, the absolute best natural fire starting material available in the jungle. It doesn't stay lit very long, but it catches very easily and puts out good flames. You have to have something else ready, like grass, as soon as you get a flame as this only lasts a few seconds.

Of course, you can always make a massive pile so it burns a bit longer. You can also split the pod in half and burn it in the pod. If the pod is dry, it should burn nicely too.

survival campfire natural fire starter material
Kapok for starting a fire

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wild edible and medicinal food - Tropical Almond

The Tropical Almond tree (Terminalia catappa) is extremely common and prolific. They are on every coastline and most islands. The seed (nut) is edible,though it's a bit tedious to peck out the meat. It has a substantial amount of oil and thus, much-needed calories if you're in a survival situation.
The inner bark can be used to treat oral thrush.
The leaves are a common treatment for skin conditions and rheumatic joints. The leaves or tea from the leaves is used to fight internal digestive system parasites.

Tropical Almond wild edible food
Tropical Almond (Terminalia catappa)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Wild Edible Plants - Tamarind

Something that is available all the time in this region is Tamarind leaves. I like the very young light bright green leaves, but the older leaves are also edible. The leaves are quite 'tangy', which is likely because these leaves are loaded with Vitamin C. You can crush the leaves and put them on a wound. The leaves have antiseptic properties. In addition, Tamarind leaves are good to apply on tooth aches and mouth sores. If you find a Tamarind tree, which is quite easy to do, give these leaves a try. They're quite tasty. If you're in a coastal survival situation and you've found some shells (Limpets, black Mangrove Snails, etc) or some crabs, add a few Tamarind leaves to make a nice sour seafood soup.

Tamarind leaves are edible
Hands-free dining on wild edibles. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Making tinder shavings

During the rainy season everything is damp and it's damp much of the time. 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.

DIY fire tinder idea
Pencil sharpener tinder shavings

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