Thailand Introduction to Wilderness Survival
For those of you who don't either the time of budget for a trip to Khao Sok National Park to participate in one of our full jungle survival or bushcraft courses, we offer a wilderness survival introduction day trip on Phuket.
This is a fairly easy hike on mildly undulating terrain. The trail is open and well-defined most of the time. There are some narrow spots. The vegetation varies from scrub, to bamboo forests (approximately 200 species of bamboo in SE Asia), to old-growth jungle... including many emmergent species. There is a good representation of the rattan (climbing palm) family in this stretch of jungle.
Fishtail Palms are fairly abundant in this jungle too. The core of this tree is edible and the outer fiberous bark on the tree makes extremely good fire tinder.
Both bamboo and rattan are key plants in a tropical jungle survival scenario. Bamboo provides potential drinking water as there is often stored (drinkable) water in the internodes. Bamboo is, of course, incredibly useful building material.
Bamboo shoots, though edible, often contain cyanide. Some species contain much more than others. This problem is solved by boiling it and pouring off the water. You usually do this more than once if you are not sure of the amount of cyanide in the particular species you are cooking.
Rattan core is edible. Rattan is used for making extremely strong cordage.
The route incorporate some private land as well as protected park land.
There is a pretty good variety of wild edible plants including ginger and some edible palms.
A survival kit is taken on this day trip. You will go through the kit using the various survival items.
You will learn how to obtain drinkable water as this is the number one priority in jungle survival in the tropics.
You will also learn how to start a fire using various methods including the fire striker, the fire piston, the bamboo saw friction fire and others. You will learn how to find quality tinder and kindling.
You will learn
basic shelter building skills including knots, lashing and working
What if it rains?
This survival introduction trip is available all year. Click here to see our weather calendar.
We don't cancel a trip because of rain. This is realistic survival in this region. For half of the year, there is a chance of rain at any point. As the climate changes, there is actually a chance of rain any month of the year. You will still try to build a fire and work on your shelter building skills.
Transfers from anywhere on Phuket are included in the price. Depending on where you stay, the pick up time is between 7:30 – 8:00 AM. You will be back at your resort/accommodation by approximately 3:00 – 4:00 PM.
A Thai lunch is included.
Click here to see our tour prices.
Multi-day Jungle Survival Destination
You can choose from Khao Sok National Park whereby kayaking is included in the course. This is a comfortable way for you to see the jungle and experience one of the nicest national parks in SE Asia.
What would you do if you were shipwrecked on a deserted island? Find out how to survive on our Coastal Survival Training course.
Highly recommended reading - Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales. This book deals primarily with the psychology of survival with plenty of real-life stories. It points out certain (often repeated) patterns in many failed survival attempts and how these patterns of failure can be avoided.
I contributed a bit to this book as well.
For lots of information on common sense survival and self-reliance as well as survival supplies, check out my friend Dave Canterbury's Pathfinder School.
Dave has a multitude educational videos on YouTube pertaining to survival skills.
Dave also offers a unique magazine called Self Reliance Illustrated.
Furthermore, if you're looking for a knife that will last a lifetime, Dave offers one of the most durable, beautiful, high-quality knives on the market. Check out his Pathfinder series knives by Blind Horse.
My friend Cody Lundin is a master at primitive living skills, wilderness living and survival skills. His Aboriginal Living Skills School is a must for all who are interested in training and learning survival techniques to use in the modern world. Cody proves that ancient skills are still applicable.
Cody also believes in sustainable living and his philosophy shines through with his incredible self-reliant home. Cody is the author of two best-sellers: When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes and 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!
Dave and Cody are the 'stars' of The Discovery Channel's show Dual Survival, one of the best survival shows to ever air on TV.
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