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