Has anyone done the jungle survival experience at Our Jungle House? We're thinking about doing the 2-night one in early June. Is that a good idea weather-wise, etc.? What about leeches? Any ideas on footwear?
Presume you're talking about Khao Sok? No need to do a 2 night survival trek if you want to experience getting attacked by leeches!
Here's what my leg looked like after a short morning stroll in the Khao Sok national park in December. (December isn't rainy season but June is so there may be a few more around when you're there).
There were starving leeches all over my feet too... when you try and pick them off they attach themselves to your fingers. They're annoyingly persistent things but they don't hurt and they don't transmit any diseases AFAIK... you just bleed a lot, looks a lot worse than it feels.
I'm pretty sure practically every GH in Khao Sok can arrange trekking and other excursions so you don't really need to do your survival experience with Jungle Huts. It's cheap enough to stay there though. I paid 200B for a night in a rather small basic room there last December, but only because one of their touts had driven me there from the main road. There are loads of other places to stay in Khao Sok and I moved somewhere else next day.
If you can afford it, the Morning Mist resort just down the road is a lot nicer. I paid 650B for a very good fan room with hot water shower in a beautiful garden. They were building a (not terribly attractive) pool when I was there though, so prices may be higher now. However the restaurant is excellent so it's well worth eating there even if you don't stay.
I'm not sure we're talking about the the same resort. The cheapest room at "Our Jungle House" is 800B, and the other rooms are all double that.
I believe December is soon after the monsoons there. I don't know if they would be worse in early June (when the monsoons are just starting) or not. Does anyone else know?
I stayed there and it was lovely, quite expensive though. We did a privately arranged tour through a guy at one of the restaurants down the road and it was amazing! Camped at the top of the waterfall... beautiful! The leech situation was pretty bad though. I didn't realise I had one attached until i reached the top and it was huge by that point. I think they're unavoidable though, they find a way into your socks and trainers. But we went at the start of rainy season so December may be better.
Hope this helps
We went around april which I think was the start of the rainy season... the second day of the trek was extremely wet! But as we were climbing down waterfalls and wading through rivers it didn't matter too much!Don't let the rain put you off... Just take waterproof stuff.
I wanna go back to Koh Sok and stay on the floating rafthouses on Lake Chiaw which is in the park, they look amazing!!
We're there around 6-8 June. We thought we would be there at the start of the monsoon. Does anyone know how much rain we can expect in Khao Sok? Is it worth going, or should we change our plans? With the Bangkok situation, we are running out of options.