Can we swim it? Could we build a bridge? Shall we find a rubber boat?


All questions we found ourselves asking after travelling three hours to the Bang Saphan trail to discover that the rivers were just too high and dangerous to cross. After setting out at 6am our team of determined volunteers were desperate to get past the obstacle, which led to us brainstorming lots of crazy ideas, but the rivers were carrying lots of sharp, heavy debris and ultimately there was just no safe way of getting round the problem.


It’s an issue that we are going to have to address if we want year-round access to Bang Saphan and we are looking into ways we can work with the community, our extended network of volunteers, and our donors to hopefully build some kind of bridge or passage system, so watch this space.


However, even though our spirits could have literally been dampened, in true Jungle Aid style, not wanting to waste our day, our supplies and our volunteer’s enthusiasm, we decided to head in the opposite direction to Pala-u Noi, a village we last visited in August.


We backtracked; drove for three hours following the path we had taken to get to Ban Saphan, then drove for another hour and eventually reached Pala-u Noi to a very warm welcome.


The people there were happy at our unexpected arrival and were thrilled to see us.

The week old baby who we mentioned in our last post is now five weeks old, no longer has thrush and is thriving on the donated baby milk provided by Jungle Aid. Mum very happy with the progress.

So after a potentially wasted day, the Jungle Aid team turned things around and overall we had a successful trip and 42 patients were seen in total.




For all of you who love eating fantastic food, we have an upcoming charity dinner in Hua Hin on November 13th. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a great night. You can find more information on how to get tickets our Facebook event here. Spread the word…

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