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A Geologist’s dream: Khao Sok Natural History

Posted on: February 27th, 2012 by bodhi

             … reflections from Dakota, a geologist in training: Khao Sok Natural History

Travelling to Thailand for the first time, following friendly connections, we reached Our Jungle House in January 2012. I am writing from Khao Sok national park at Our Jungle House. Bodhi, the manager here, is a pretty solid dude with exceptional skills in free styling to some ukulele jams.

As a college student currently learning Geology and Geological Engineering, my studies in college have proven to be incredibly useful here observing Khao Sok natural history.

Typing the name of the park into Google images will yield stunning photos of the huge, high standing monoliths that have intrigued us so much since we’ve been here.

Khao Sok Motorcycle Madness and Reflections on Development

Posted on: February 15th, 2012 by bodhi

Khao Sok Motorcylce
From a recent guest…

Khao Sok Motorcycle Reflections

Many concerned locals in Phuket thought we were completely mad driving a Honda Click 250km in the middle of the night from Phuket to Khao Sok….

We shall call the midnight journey to Khao Sok by motorcycle a “bonding experience” and both really enjoyed the entire trip, sore backsides and all. Insects feel like golfballs on your cheeks at 80km/hr. Two full tanks and a 5 litre Vixol bottle filled with gasoline will see you through…

Rediscovering Thai Dance at Khao Sok School

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by bodhi 1 Comment

Student from Khao Sok School Three kilometres from Our Jungle House, next to the highway that connects Takua Pa with Surathani is where the Khao Sok school is located.

Compared to the splendor of nearby resorts, the school has a rather unattractive environment but nevertheless is close enough for parents that cannot afford to send their kids to better schools out of town. 160 pupils age six and older study at the school every day. The teachers and parents would now very much like to build a nursery  within the school for the 4-6 year olds.

Kayaking Khao Sok

Posted on: January 23rd, 2012 by bodhi

Never have I been surrounded by such lush, green beauty as I am here at Our Jungle House in Khao Sok National Park.  And kayaking Khao Sok is the best way to see it!

Kayaking coffee break

The jungle is even more beautiful than I expected, and I got the ultimate experience touring it by kayak. My sister lives here in Thailand, and I am very fortunate to be able to visit her for a couple of weeks. We went on an amazing kayak trip just the other day down the river and saw nature at its finest. Around every corner was some exotic wildlife: a king fisher, a black and yellow snake, huge frogs, butterflies, bright pink and purple fish with shining yellow eyes. We got to feed the fish, which was a fun experience for us and them as they splashed and thrashed for the yummy treats.

Intents… down by the riverside

Posted on: January 8th, 2012 by bodhi 2 Comments

                 Do you know where you are?

                                             …down by the khao sok riverside…

Khao Sok RiversideLeaving after dinner from Kuraburi in the direction of Khao Sok National Park, I arrived late evening in Our Jungle House. A charming man, equipped with flashlights, led me to my sleeping location at the river. I arrived just in time for the evening concert. Wonderful traditional Khao Sok music, whose musicians had endless energy to play until late night. However, there seemed to be technical problems with the lighting, and I directed the stream of light into the river. “Do you know where you are?.. my companion remarked. “You’re in the jungle!” The lights might attract snakes. Be sure you close your tent, he said before he left, snakes don’t have hands.

Who Saved Khao Sok and the Luxury of Nature?

Posted on: March 18th, 2011 by admin

Khao SokKhao Sok History – This national park is one of the best preserved natural habitats in Thailand, and it’s all thanks to the Communists.

During the 1970s and early 80s, this area of thick jungle and caves was the perfect hide-out for the small band of Communist insurgents tickling the government at that time.

A Peace Corps volunteer named Dwaila, a farm girl from Iowa, was the first to move there. She lived in a basic bamboo hut at the edge of one of the massive limestone cliffs and tried various schemes like raising deer, pigs, and fruit trees. Gibbons and macaque monkeys would swing through her hut, terrifying city friends who came visiting.

Some super Thai recipes – Chicken in the Straw.

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 by admin

Our cook at the River Kwai Farm was a genius who had worked for various embassies in Bangkok. Using the fresh vegetables and the ducks and chickens we kept live on the farm, she invented some wonderful dishes. Stewed duck with red cabbage, shredded papaya fried in coconut batter, and our signature “chicken in the straw.” Jars of Col. Sandler’s hibiscus jam sold by the thousands.

Chicken in the straw. This is a traditional Thai recipe making use of the rice straw that piles up after the rice harvest.

Ingredients:
Broiler chicken, better on the skinny side
Maggi sauce, pepper, and garlic marinade

I HAD A FARM ON THE RIVER KWAI – 3 Ecotourism Lessons

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments
Dick Sandler ecotourism lessons

As a young farmer

3 ecotourism lessons learned by our owner, Dick Sandler

I was 26 and didn’t know any better. Bored with my job on the staff of Peace Corps in Bangkok, I hatched the idea of growing western vegetables in a fertile valley on the banks of the famous River Kwai. My Peace Corps colleagues pitched in with capital. We bought 25 acres of land, and I hired Khun Damrongsak, a Thai Luther Burbanks whom I stole from the Siam Intercontinental Hotel, to run the farm. We were off and running. Or more accurately, off and losing money. Damrongsak was a great scientist. He later earned a significant award for developing delicious hybrid guavas.
But like many smart scientists, his skills did not include management or profit-making.