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Monday, August 31, 2009


In the Jungle, the Ban Na Jungle

N-ACT supports communities through survey tours

The trekkers were rewarded with views of Waterfall La-On Dao.
Two intrepid trekkers from Germany ventured deep into the Ban Na jungle with N-ACT program manager Nattaya “Nat” Sektheera and five local guides this July. Ani and Anne were excited by the unique opportunity to join a survey tour in a local community while volunteering at a tsunami-orphan aid project near Khao Lak. The jungle trek consisted of two days and one night of camping.

“We had a wonderful time on the trek, the guides were so knowledgeable and helpful. Nat, our translator, was fantastic. She helped us to understand by translating our questions to the guides. We did not expect the food to be so good and we will definitely come back for a longer trek the next time,” said the trekkers.

The trek provided important training for the guides, as they were the first foreigners to complete the trek, providing the guides with an authentic opportunity to practice their English and learn what is interesting to guests. The trek itself is an exhilarating walk that takes guests into the heart of the local jungle. The route has scenic sights, including a great banyan tree and many local herbs and flowers that the local guides will teach guests how to use in cooking and for medicine. The guides are knowledgeable about the land and enjoy showing guests the foot prints of wildlife that inhabit the forest.

To learn more about how to participate in survey treks organized by N-ACT, like the Ban Na tour, please contact us.

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