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 les