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Conservation in Khao Sok

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by bodhi

Pi Road doing what he does best, driving a longtailOur sustainability coordinator, Nick, was invited to document scientific research in Khao Sok National Park and Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary with Dr. Luke Gibson’s team.  During the trip, he had the chance to interview the boat driver and guide, Pi Road, about the research, the state of conservation in Khao Sok, and the area’s future.

Back to School – Environmental Education in Khao Sok

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by bodhi

Pi Gai with a student during our Environmental Education ProjectMany people including guests, management, and other businesses in the area had expressed excitement and interest in doing an environmental education project at the local schools.  Some had even offered to fund a project to teach about the environment in the schools.  Not once did it seem like a good idea.  Why?  It came down to one simple question that none of them could answer: “Have you asked any locals if they were interested?”  It had gone like this for nearly a year until I finally found the right team.

Birds of Wisdom – A Khao Sok Country Alamanac

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by bodhi

Khao Sok FarmingWe just got the opportunity to catch up with a local farming couple who received a microloan from Our Jungle House to begin producing free-range eggs to sell back to our resort and other resorts in Khao Sok. Fet and his wife Aeh, have lived in Khao Sok for several decades, before the park was established, when Khao Sok was an unknown rice farming village completely enveloped by wilderness. Here’s what Fet had to say about his new project, and the old Khao Sok.

Guide Training Final Report

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 by bodhi

Khao Sok Guide Training GroupThe first round of guide training is now finished, and this blog post cover the last few weeks of the training course leading up to the test. 

With only a month until the final examination, trainees took on more of a leadership role.  Trainees began leading the walks themselves instead of relying on the training team to prompt them. Thankfully the unseasonably dry weather had been kind to us, giving them plenty of practice for the time when they will take their own groups of guests out into the park.

Leech Bite? Worry No More! Advice from Khao Sok Guides

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by bodhi

Leech Bite in Khao Sok National ParkOver the last few months, we’ve gained many insights from local guides on jungle remedies they use when hiking with guests.  The purpose of these practical tips is not to scare anyone, but rather to inform and show that there’s no need to worry.

It’s something every first-time hiker in Khao Sok—or any tropical forest—worries about.  Imagine you’re walking down an amazing trail through the heart of the jungle; colorful butterflies leisurely floating about the trail, beautiful gibbon songs echoing in the distance, and turquoise water rolling by.  Then, you look down to see a slimy black critter taking your blood without permission!

Here you’ll learn what to do if you get a leech bite, what to do after a bite, and what to do to minimize the chances of getting bitten.

Khao Sok Guide Training Update

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by bodhi 1 Comment

Khao Sok Guide Training - ChamniAs the old saying goes, time flies, and this past month has been no different. It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through the Guide Training course. There is so much that the guides still need to learn. But having said that, there is so much that they have already learned.  The month of May has seen a mixed response from the trainees in the various groups but all in all it’s been a positive month. 

A Surprise Around Every Corner: Khao Sok’s New Trail

Posted on: May 28th, 2014 by bodhi

Khao Sok's New TrailJudging by the trail of smiles that greeted us along the dirt road, I felt we were off to a good start for our first hike at Bang Mahn, home of the newest trail at Khao Sok National Park.  The road isn’t fully paved and people actually smile and wave when you ride by.  Thailand’s rural charms aren’t lost upon this place, which is a welcome change from the friendly, but developed atmosphere at KM 109.

Khao Sok Wildlife: What You Can See at Our Jungle House

Posted on: May 11th, 2014 by bodhi

Khao Sok Wildlife MacaqueIt is not always necessary to trek into the darkest depths of the forests in order to see Khao Sok’s wildlife. Our Jungle House is located right on the park’s perimeter, and so a good number of the animals can be seen in and around the resort. This is one of the quieter and least disturbed resorts, with a corner banking the river all to itself, and much of the natural flora left intact. This in turn encourages the wild animals to remain here, and so guests are often rewarded with sightings by simply walking along the pathways, or from the veranda of their rooms.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of Khao Sok wildlife is the long-tailed macaque. Troops of these cheeky primates can often be seen squabbling with each other as they noisily leap from tree to tree along the riverbank. They’re used to people and so can often be approached somewhat closely.

Which Khao Sok Trail Prevails? Sip Et Chan or Ton Kloy

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 by bodhi

Sip Et Chan Khao SokGuests of Our Jungle House that venture into the park on foot have a choice of two Khao Sok trails that they can follow from the National Park’s headquarters. Both trails offer a great insight into the natural wonders of the area but the wildlife experience on each of these trails is by no means the same. Because of this the expectations of the guest will determine which route would be best suited to meet those expectations.

Khao Sok Local Guide Training: Bringing the Forest to Life

Posted on: April 1st, 2014 by bodhi

Khao Sok Local Guide Tan Sawan Khao Sok currently has 38 resorts; nine of them were built in the last two years and three are currently under construction.  This explosion in popularity is mainly because of its proximity to tourist hotspots such as Khao Lak, Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Samui.  But no tourist visits a place simply because it’s convenient to go there…

Khao Sok became a destination in the first place because of its amazing wildlife and friendly guides that serve as a bridge to nature.  As the number of guests increases but the number of quality guides does not, it begs the question: how can Khao Sok continue to be a popular destination if no one experiences what makes it popular?

The people who can change this are Khao Sok local guides, who have a lifetime of experience learning the secrets of the jungle.  The one thing that’s missing in most guides is the ability to pass this knowledge on to guests and show them how amazing the jungle can be.  This is why we will be offering professional guide training