Before you go
- Book ahead – Arrange your trip in advance, especially if you plan to visit during peak periods.
- Hire a guide – A licensed local nature guide is required for all the trails. Apart from keeping you safe, these experienced guides will often spot wildlife that you might otherwise miss.
- Stock up on supplies – There are no convenience stores in the park, so make sure that you bring in sufficient supplies.
- Bring cash – Most service providers only accept local currency and there are no ATMs at the park entrances.
When to go
The park comes under the influence of the Northeast monsoon, which brings heavy rains from around November till the end of January. However, the Selai entrance usually remains open throughout the year, as it is less affected by the monsoon.
June, July and August, the driest months in the park are the best times to visit, as the trails are in tip top condition and leeches are scarce. This period also coincides with the main fruiting period in the forest, when frugivorous birds and mammals are most active.
- Quick dry, lightweight clothes. Avoid wearing jeans, as they take a long time to dry.
- A hat to protect your head from thorns or stinging insects.
- A pair of nylon leech socks to reduce the number of leech bites.
- Quick-dry hiking shoes with a good grip. Avoid open sandals, slippers or leather shoes.
- Trekking poles for added stability and to help with river crossings.
- Carry a daypack, regardless of how short the trail might be. Items to include in your daypack:
- Water – Carry at least 1 litre of water, or more for longer hikes.
- Water purification tablets – In case you need to refill your bottle with water from a stream.
- Snacks – Chocolate, nuts or dried fruit for an energy boost.
- Head lamp and spare batteries – In case you are out after dark.
- Knife – An essential survival tool.
- Whistle – In case you get lost.
- Pocket lighter or fire starter – In case of emergencies.
- First aid kit – Include bandages, plasters, antiseptic lotion and antihistamines.
- Mobile phone – Just in case.
- Insect repellent.
The great outdoors
- Mobile phone coverage is not available or very limited along the trails.
- Power supply at the chalets may only be available during certain times of the day.
- Leeches abound especially during the rainy period. Be prepared for leech bites.
- If the trip will take more than a few hours bring along packed lunch, drinking water, snacks and raincoat.
- Use waterproof bags to prevent your valuables from getting wet.
- A pair of simple and lightweight shoes with good traction is better than a heavy leather boots. Highly recommended to use a pair of cheap rubber shoes which are usually available at small towns.
- Follow your guide’s instructions at all times.
- Do not take anything from the forest. Do not leave anything in the forest.
- Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the park.
Camping check list
Some essential items for camping are listed here. Check with the park authorities on a list of things to bring with you:
- Sleeping bag.
- Camping mat.
- Camping stove and spare gas canisters (check with the park office if you wish to rent stoves).
- Rations – plan each meal in advance. Freeze dried food that just needs to be reheated in boiling water is a good option.
- Pot, kettle or mess tins.
- Plates and cooking utensils.
- Knife / Pen knife.
- First aid kit/medication.
- Lamp for campsite with spare batteries.