This jungle safari provides an adventurous and stimulating insight into the forests and wildlife of western Thailand. We make your trip into the backcountry comfortable and exciting by providing just the right mix of adrenaline, nature interpretation, and more than a few creature comforts. Spend the night deep in the forest in our deluxe tented camp with large comfortable sleeping tents, large dining tent with mosquito net, hot shower, freshly prepared Thai dishes and cold drinks. Erawan National Park is a unique and rugged landscape of high elevation plateaux and steep valleys located three hours drive from Bangkok. Erawan’s forests support an amazing array of plants and a diverse range of wildlife, from minute brilliantly coloured insects to tigers and the mighty Asian elephant. Although they are there, getting to see large mammals such as wild elephants and tigers is difficult so, although we strive to maximize the likelihood of a sightings, we also emphasise the importance of using good “ecological detective work” to reveal the secrets of the forest. Possible wildlife sightings include primates (macaques and gibbon), civets, slow loris, hornbills and a range of other bird life. We will see some of the forests edible plants and take a night walk to investigate the myriad of insects and other creatures that emerge after dark. The diversity of life forms is awesome and each trip proves unique in terms of what we may encounter.
0600 Pick up from Bangkok Hotel Meet the naturalist at Kanchanaburi around 0730. After a 1.5 hour drive we start our journey into the wilderness areas of Erawan National Park, with our team of porters carrying equipment and belongs, leaving you free to experience the wonders of the tropical forest. Along the way you are likely to see numerous exotic birds, and sign of elephant, pig, deer and other large mammals. After a delicious lunch prepared by our field cook and served under our giant mosquito net, either relax at the camp or spend the afternoon with the naturalist examining the fauna & flora of the area, before ending up at the mobile tented camp where cold drinks and a hot shower await you. After a sumptuous Thai dinner, we’ll peel back the darkness using a lighted insect station and headlamps to get a look at the nocturnal side of life. Overnight: deluxe tented camp. Walking Distance: 4-6kms. Meals: [L,D]
You will be woken by our camp staff offering you a fresh cup of coffee or tea before setting out on an all day trek to explore the area, with the naturalist showing you how to identify and track some of the areas allusive animals. Back to theOvernight: deluxe tented camp. Walking Distance: 5-7kms. Meals: [B,L,D]
After a relaxing breakfast, our porters pack up camp, leaving the campsite as it was when we arrived. Our last day in the forest involves a leisurely walk, keeping an eye out for wildlife such as some of the areas hornbill (beautiful large tropical birds that have a unique ecology) and monkey populations. After lunch, we make our finally decent from the Erawan plateau to exit the park and be picked up by the Wild Watch support vehicles at approx. 1600. Back to your Kanchanaburi hotel by 18.00. Walking Distance: 6-8kms. Meals: [B,L] Meals: B = Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- Transportation and accommodation whilst on the field trip. All drinks in the forest are also included. Meals as indicated
- Field equipment: we provide tents, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, sleeping mats, field showers, first-aid equipment, climbing equipment, and other equipment necessary for activities in the field.
- Park entrance fees
- Travel Insurance
Thing to bring
- Light walking boots or sports shoes
- Camera and binoculars (very useful)
- Long trousers and long-sleeved shirt for walking in the forest
- Mosquito repellent, sun hat and sun cream