Safety and Equipment
Trekking in Virachey
National Park is a lot safer then crossing the road in Phnom
Penh! In fact the least safe part of this trip is taking the
motor to Taveng district. It is of course advised to wear a
helmet. Ask your driver to provide one for you. Also wear a face
scarf and sun glasses to keep out the dust and shoes on your
feet. Tell your motor dop to ride slowly. There is no hurry or
deadlines you have to meet.
While trekking dink plenty
of water. You will sweat a lot and there is a chance of
dehydration. Watch your companions for the tell tale signs of
headache and disorientation. Try to carry 2 liters of water with
you. If you have puritabs or a similar product stop and make a
fire to boil water if needed. Keep together on the trail and
make sure that your group is led and trailed by your guides.
Take extra care when traversing or ascending streams the rocks
can be slippery and dangerous. Ask your guide to cut you a
bamboo staff for support. Give yourself 2 hrs of day light to
make camp. When slinging your hammock or setting your tent in
the evening make sure that you are well clear of dead or dying
trees and branches which may fall in a strong wind. Watch out
for any crossed sticks and pointers laid beside the path they
usually indicate the presence and direction of a nearby trap or
snare or a hazardous natural obstacle such as a wasp nest. Ask
the community guide to interpret it for you.
Malaria is prevalent in
Ratanakiri but relatively scarce during the dry season even in
the forest. The golden rule is that if you experience any form
or combination of fever, headache, aches and pains within
(typically) 5- 10 days of leaving a malarial area assume it is
malaria and get a blood check promptly, preferably during a
feverish bout when the parasites are easier to detect in the
blood. Treat immediately if tested positive, especially for
falciparum (cerebral) malaria. An expensive, relatively new drug
by the name of Malarone is one of the most effective treatments.
If your doctor recommends Artesunate (the new and effective
herbally based treatment from China) ensure that it is the real
thing and not a fake there are many copies on the market in
South East Asia. For those people taking preventative medicine
please is aware that this may not be 100% effective and so it is
still possible to contract malaria. Those on prophylactics
should be extra vigilant after leaving the malarial area as the
medicine can mask and suppress the symptoms of malaria to a
point where it feels like a mild cold. Do not assume that this
is the case and get a check up immediately.
.if you see a
snake or a tiger count yourself lucky!!
Please let us know if you