Bamboo Cooking at Khao Sok National Park
Diary of a Scuba Instructor on holiday in Khao Sok National Park
Today will go down in history as one of coolest days of my life. Thank you to Anitsak ‘Nit’ Chanyu for sharing your unparalleled knowledge and expertise with us.
Nit met us at our accommodation at Silver Cliff Resort and drove us in to the National Park, where we began our 2 hour trek through the jungle. From the outset, he was sharing his extensive knowledge of all things in nature, from giant stick insects in the first tree we came to, to the edible leaves we were going to consume later for dinner.
We began our trek on the main route but soon veered off the beaten track, alongside rivers and along winding, gnarled root paths. After about an hour and a half, we were now following the meandering riverside and eventually stopped to set up camp.
Nit retrieved some bamboo from which he carved cups, stirrers, dishes and cooking utensils, before preparing our dinner over a the fire. I helped him fold the rice into banana leaves and tuck it in to bamboo shoots filled with water, ready for cooking. We sourced our freshwater for cooking and washed all of our hand carved bamboo utensils in the river beside us.
The dinner itself was incredibly tasty. Spinach, mushrooms and garlic in a sweet and tangy sauce, alongside a coconut soup with leaves we’d picked during the hike. Dessert followed with fresh pineapple, little biscuits and tea and coffee. We completely stuffed our faces.
The sun set while we were preparing dinner and we used our head torches to hike back, spotting all kinds of amazing wildlife on our way. It was an outstanding experience and Nit had unrivalled knowledge of wilderness survival and nature conservation, particularly in Khao Sok. We were so lucky to have him as our guide. If you think you want to share this experience, Nit is the man to ask for.
Tomorrow we journey down to Krabi and Ao Nang to spend a couple of days relaxing by the beach!