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Burmese Learning Center – Support Campaign, 2013-2014

Posted on: December 31st, 2013 by bodhi

Burmese Learning Center

Burmese children

The North Andaman Region of Thailand is home to a large population of Burmese migrant workers who come with the hope of finding a living wage and a better way of life. Burmese children find themselves living as second class citizens without money to afford basic fees for enrollment, uniforms, and transportation to school. Their parents are often illegal migrant laborers, at risk of discrimination, arrest, and even deportation.

Until the school’s opening, there were no educational facilities for Burmese children in the Kuraburi area. The Learning Center can provide education for 80 children, following to the Burmese curriculum as well as lessons in Thai and English language. Additions like a secure fence and playground are still needed.

Tan Sawan Waterfall – Khao Sok’s Paradise Falls

Posted on: December 16th, 2013 by bodhi

Tan Sawan Waterfall Khao Sok National ParkIf you’re looking for the ultimate Khao Sok Trek, this is it. The world’s largest flower, Khao Sok’s most beautiful waterfall, and some of it’s most stunning views can all be experienced in one day’s hike to Tan Sawan Waterfall. Translated from Thai, it means Paradise River, or Paradise Falls. The hike takes many hours to complete, but you will be rewarded with the best of Khao Sok’s natural wonders.

0:00 – (Walking time from start). My guide, Lek, and I were lucky enough to catch a ride to the alternate park entrance at KM111. At 8:30, we found ourselves a few kilometers up the highway from Khao Sok’s main road. This entrance is marked by a few signs and begins with a small wooden ladder. Make sure to pick up a stick from the pile, as they’re quite helpful on the steep, often slippery trail. This hike can only be done with a guide, as the trail is easy to lose and difficult to tread.

Why I Came Back – Khao Sok Sustainability

Posted on: December 7th, 2013 by bodhi

Khao Sok Sustainability - Why I Came BackI first visited Thailand as a tourist in November of 2011 with two friends. None of us had traveled outside of the western world, and we were keen to see the exotic treasures that awaited us on distant tropical shores.  We ogled at the pictures of the saturated blue ocean and the 5 star resorts that were only $50 dollars per night and thought it would be a cheaper, less-traveled version of Hawaii.

I arrived in Phuket and found many things: a few of them expected, many of them unwanted.  The beaches were there, but so were the crowds, the trash.  The things that struck me were the people trying to sell tourists pictures with their caged gibbons and langurs, and the children outside bars selling trinkets to drunken strangers at hours when they should be dreaming, not working.

Being there made me feel the negative effects of tourism like I never had before.  For me, travel is a way of experiencing other ways of life and being inspired by the natural and cultural wonders of a destination.  In Phuket it seemed that tourism had replaced Thai hospitality and natural beauty with second-rate resorts, overcrowded beaches, and a slew of problems that existed in between the tourist thoroughfares. 

Khao Sok Legends – The Woman in the Mountain

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by admin

Khao Sok Legend old TempleThere is an old Khao Sok legend that tells the origin story of Khao Sok.  Most of it has been lost over time, but some of it is timeless, written in to the karsts.  It goes something like this…

Khao Sok’s Easiest Trek – Wang Pai Ha Swimming Hole

Posted on: October 7th, 2013 by bodhi

Khao Sok Trek wang pai haWang Pai Ha is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure without effort, it is the easiest Khao Sok trek.  About an hour’s walk from Our Jungle House, this swimming hole is easy to reach and easy to enjoy.

We left at about 3pm on a rainy day.  I’ve always thought the best way to spend a rainy day in the jungle is to get in the water: this way you don’t mind getting wet along the hike because you’re going to get wet anyway!  Here’s how you get there:

The Khao Sok Homestay Guide

Posted on: September 13th, 2013 by bodhi

 

Khao Sok HomestayCommunity-Based Tourism Opportunity

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Khao Sok Homestay

Khao Sok National Park exudes a sort of uncommon beauty that attracts travelers year-round from all over the planet. With massive karsts and serene rivers, unspoiled rain forest and the unique wildlife within, Khao Sok provides unforgettable outdoor experiences in hiking, canoeing, and camping while still offering a space to slow down, relax, and breathe. After all, that is why you are staying at Our Jungle House – to have fun, to connect with nature, and to do so in a responsible way that ensures this land’s survival in the future.

Khao Sok Geology, Part 1: A Natural History

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by bodhi

Morning mist in Khao Sok

Khao Sok’s relevant geologic history begins approximately 345 million years ago, during the Carboniferous period.  At this time, the Shan Thai craton (a craton is an extremely old chunk of land that has been relatively stable) was actively eroding.  Ancient mountains of the craton’s interior were slowly transferring their mass, via rivers carrying off gravels, sands, silts and mud, onto the continental shelf of the craton.  This was similar to the modern day process of major river deltas (like the Mississippi or the Nile) extending out into the sea from the land.  The sediments would accumulate on the edge of the shelf, just above a deep ocean basin.  Every so often, the sediment pile would catastrophically collapse into the basin, sometimes triggered by earthquakes, to form chaotic deposits known as turbidites.

Khao Sok Night Safari

Posted on: June 30th, 2013 by bodhi 1 Comment

Lantern Bug, Khao Sok Night SafariWhile Penny and I allowed our food to settle and gluttony to subside, good Mr. Bodhi came to inform us that two guides were available for a night safari into Khao Sok National Park, would we like to go?

With a few minutes of preparation, headlamps, and water, we are ready to explore the night.  Stepping out into the dark road, with Orion shinning brightly above us, we head out with hopes of a good hunt.

Khai and Mi are our two guides.  Some initial small talk gets us a little background of our two experienced local guides.  Khai, whose English isn’t too strong, still does a good job of explaining that he is 60 years old and comes from a small town nearby. 

Cave Exploring in the Khao Sok Jungle

Posted on: June 1st, 2013 by bodhi

Cave in the Khao Sok JungleWe entered the Khao Sok jungle on a paved pathway that winds through a couple small caves inhabited by Buddhas. Eager for cave discoveries, my eyes interpreted the gold leaf littering the ground in these caves as mica or something akin to fool’s gold.

We were flanked by woody hanging vines on our right and fluorescent colored lichen on the limestone wall to our left. We were hiking during the dry season, so the trail was drowned in leaf debris from the deciduous plants shedding onto the path. I was then struck by perfectly vertical hanging vines on my left.

Khao Sok Village Visit – Get to Know the local life

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by bodhi

Khao Sok Village Visit Canoeing              Khao Sok Village Visit Friends

Have fun with your local family In March 2013 we were lucky enough to be part of the first Khao Sok Village Visit in the Sapan Tao community. The program was amazing, a true insight into local life. We learned about rubber tapping, collected local vegetables by the river and learned how to transform them in local dishes and desserts. The highlight however was the warm heart of our hosts and the people we met during the stay. We went swimming in the river and enjoyed a full afternoon canoeing with our host family.

Just a year ago, the locals got together to organize their first
Khao Sok Village Visit host canoecommunity-operated activity – canoeing. This success inspired the locals to open their homes to visitors for half-day Khao Sok village visits and overnight homestays.