We would like to offer visitors to this forest a memorable and safe experience. Below are some safety suggestions and guidelines to help you make the most of your time at the park with minimum risk. When entering a wild environment, it is inevitable that there are some dangers, but certain measures can be taken to reduce the risk of injury.
|A non-dangerous Speckle-headed
whip snake visits a visitor.
(R0018 @Phamon Sumphanthamitr)
"The following information is provided, not to deter you from visiting,
but to better ensure your health and safety. It has been almost 20 years that we have been working regularly in the forest. During the gibbon reintroduction process, some forest work is necessary on a daily basis. There have been no serious accidents to date, only the occasional allergic reaction to a wasp sting or plant-based contact dermatitis."
Clothing and Equipment:
Suitable clothing will certainly impact the quality of your trek. Long trousers and sleeves are recommended to help protect against spiky plants and insects (leeches, ticks, mosquitoes, etc). Bring a raincoat or poncho, as you never know when to expect a torrential downpour -it is the rainforest after all!
A good pair of shoes will keep your feet dry and protected from leeches, and make the trip a more comfortable experience. A hat will help shield your face from heavy rain. Insect repellent is a must; it is worth investing in a product that protects against all types of insect life including mosquitoes. Bring waterproof casing for any valuable equipment such as cameras.
Food and water:
One large bottle of water should be sufficient, but take into consideration your average daily intake. Some people require more than others, and it can be dangerous to become dehydrated while trekking along tough terrain through a hot and humid forest. You may want to consider taking an energy drink, as the humidity can leave you feeling lethargic.
Be sure to bring adequate food. If you are going into the forest as part of an organized tour, your meals will normally be provided, but as mentioned above, the forest climate can take its toll. You may want to bring a supply of sugary snacks to help boost your energy level.
You will see a variety of ecosystems on your trek. While exploring this new and exciting environment, you should also take care. Many plants are armored with spikes for protection. Long sleeves and trousers will be a big help, but you must always look before you place your hand on a tree or branch for balance. You must be aware of the ground as you walk along. In heavy rains the forest floor can become slippery and unstable. When going off the beaten track, there are many rocky inclines and slippery slopes, so take care with every step.
"The clothing of local residents appears very simple and
it may not look appropriate. However, they are accustomed
to the forest environment, and for them it is comfortable
(K0018 @Ampika Kocharoenchit)
The rainforest is a highly volatile environment, and weather goes to match. Be prepared. A raincoat is a must since rainfall is normally heavy. Though the rain may not last more than ten minutes, it is best to cover up. A change of socks and top might be useful for a long day trek. It will be very hot and humid, so prepare to sweat a lot. You may want to take a small towel or cloth to wipe sweat from the face and neck.