Thailand Jungle Survival Training Course Itinerary

Khao Sok is our primary destination for jungle survival courses as the terrain is very rugged and this is the largest area of old-growth jungle in Southern Thailand.

We are based in Phuket and trips to Khao Sok generally start in Phuket. We can arrange transfers from elsewhere. Transfers from Phuket are included in the price of the tour.

Khao Sok National Park jungle survival courses also include our standard tour activities such as kayaking, wildlife-spotting and hiking (trekking) to the viewpoint and the Nam Talu Cave.

Day 1, the days focus: water, fire, using a knife

  • Pick up anywhere in Phuket at approximately 7:30 AM (depending on where you are staying)
  • Transfer to the dam at Chiew Larn Reservoir at Khao Sok National Park, click here to see a map
  • 90 minute boat transfer to the remote floating bungalows
  • Short paddle and discussion about prioritizing
  • Back to the bungalows for lunch
  • Afternoon walk in the jungle to find water sources and learn more about bamboo
  • Working with knives and the benefits of the Thai jungle knife
  • Back to the bungalows and out for a sunset wildlife-spotting paddle jungle survival drinking water from bamboo

Day 2, the days focus: traveling safely on rough terrain, making natural rope, water from vines, wild edible plants

  • Sunrise wildlife-spotting paddle
  • Return to the bungalows for breakfast
  • Hike to the viewpoint, learning about the various plants and how to safely travel on rugged terrain
  • Back to the support boat (used to transfer to the viewpoint) for lunch
  • Transfer to the cascading creek for a trek in very steep terrain
  • Transfer back to the bungalows and prepare for an afternoon paddle

Day 3, the days focus: making shelter

  • After breakfast, transfer to an island and spend the first half of the day learning how to lash bamboo and build a bamboo shelter
  • Transfer back the bungalows and learn how to make a hammock out of one piece of bamboo
  • If you are on a three-day trip, go for a short paddle and prepare to return to Phuket

Day 4, the days focus: traveling safely through a cave, trekking, edible plants and insects

  • After breakfast, transfer to the Nam Talu Cave. (Not available if it is raining or has been raining)
  • Return to the bungalows for lunch
  • Afternoon trek on a trail that has a lot of evidence of large mammals. Learn about animal signs.
  • We'll identify several wild edible plants and insects along this trail
  • If you are on a four-day trip, prepare to return to Phuket
  • If you are on a longer trip, do an afternoon wildlife-spotting paddle

Day 5, the days focus: fire, wild food

  • Sunrise paddle
  • Mountain trek in a different part of the park. Learn more about wild edible plants
  • Produce a fire with a fire striker
  • Have lunch at the support boat or in the jungle
  • Continue training in this mountain area
  • Return to bungalows and prepare to return to Phuket

Flexibility and customizing: Though not listed in detail, the above itinerary is a rough guideline for the programs offered.

If you would prefer a more rigorous program, the paddling option can be eliminated or lessened. If you would prefer a more casual program that takes more advantage of the abundant wildlife found in this amazing national park.

On more rigorous programs, you have the option of learning all that is listed on this page. On less intense programs you focus on the most essential elements.

Our mission with this endeavor is to help you build the confidence to stay calm if you ever find yourself lost. You should be able to analyze your situation and figure out the best course of action.

Our method is to teach you common sense survival that is regional specific (tropical Asian jungles), but can still be adapted to elsewhere. There is a lot of misinformation about what is essential in a survival situation and what priorities should be addressed in order of importance. Our approach is always energy conservation first.

Click here to see a jungle survival image gallery.

Phang Nga Province Jungle Survival

Alternatively, if you're not interested in paddling, would like something that costs less, if you want to camp, and don't particularly want to travel all the way to Khao Sok, you can visit the verdant jungle areas of Phang Nga Province. The jungle here is just as impressive as Khao Sok. You get the added bonus of Phang Nga Province not being on the standard tourist path.

There are a variety different types of terrain ranging from flat and easy to very challenging.

Here are the various survival trails

Here is an image gallery

Here is a video of one of the most hardcore route  

Phang Nga Province trekking and survival course prices

Coastal Survival Skills program

Another wonderful option if you have limited time or a limited budget is to do our coastal survival skills day trip on Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.


Here is a BBC jungle survival show that I did in February of 2014.

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Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. Dave is also a certified Life Guard through the British Canoe Union. View certifications. Paddle Asia guides are EFR certified in CPR, First Aid, and basic life guard training.

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