Join us and experience the amazing nature of Khao Sok National Park!
Khao Sok is located in the Suratthani province in southern Thailand, in the triangle between Suratthani, Phang Nga and Krabi. The national park is home to a spectacular primary jungle with a wide variety of flora and fauna and is one of the oldest evergreen rainforests worldwide (about 160 million years).
It’s one of the most bio-diverse areas worldwide with about 200 floral species per hectare (parks in Europe and America have about 10 per hectare!), about 27,000 species, including the world’s biggest flower, Rafflesia (about 80 cm in diameter).
The national park area is inhabited by a range of mammal species such as bears, elephants, gaurs (Indian bison), banteng (wild cattle), deer and mouse-deer, tapirs, serow (capricorn), porcupines, wild boars, Asiatic wild dogs, leopards and other wild cat species, binturongs (bearcat), squirrels, pangolins, macaques, gibbons, languor, lemurs and 38 species of bats.
Bird watchers can find more than 360 bird species (a lot of them are only found here!) such as hornbills (10 different), eagles, falcons, kingfisher, sunbirds, egrets, woodpeckers and the Great Argus. Not to mention the 6000+ species of insects, snakes and lizards. Some of these animals are rare and not easy to find, even if one stayed a year in the park.
Right in the center of the park lays a gigantic, artificial lake called Cheowlan, which was created to provide electricity for southern Thailand but is also used as a water reservoir. The Rajjaprabha Dam (meaning ‘Light of the Kingdom’) got its name in 1987 by the king at the opening ceremony on his 60th birthday. The dam was built in 1982 but it took 5 years till the entire lake was filled up to the actual size of 165 sqkm, creating around 100 islands of sharp limestone cliffs. The deepest parts are 95 m deep and it contains up to 5 million cubic meters of water.
The beauty of this lake is breathtaking!
Huge limestone formations rise from the water and the top of submerged trees are reminding us that this area once was a lush jungle with vegetation-rich valleys.
The entire lake is surrounded by pristine rainforests which you can admire from a traditional longtail boat. Scattered brightly colored cottages, floating on emerald-green water, invite you to have a drink, lunch or even to stay overnight.
In other words, if you want to see a natural paradise, then this tour is right for you.
What are we doing there!?
We start with a 1-hour longtail boat ride from the pier to the raft-house, where we get prepared for the jungle.
The boat then takes us to the starting point for our jungle trekking with a local ranger. There we experience the magic of the still unexplored and untouched jungle, accompanied by unique fragrances and sounds, provided by the magnificent nature. A true nature experience!
It takes about 2 hours trekking and a 5-minute boat ride to reach Prachai Paet Cave and after the 30 min visit our longtail boat needs about 10 minutes to bring us back to the raft-house where our delicious Thai lunch is already prepared. We also will have enough time to get a relaxed swim in the surprisingly warm water of the lake, in the middle of the jungle, framed by an amazing mountain world, before the longtail boat takes us back into real life.
Along the way back we do a photo stop at Guilin, the famous 3 rocks, which are the landmark of the lake.
Those who don’t want to join the jungle walk can enjoy the wonderful tranquility and nature’s beauty with a kayak provided by the raft-house.
Who can join the tour?
Young (minimum age is 5 years!) and elderly. . . you don’t need to be super fit
This tour is not suitable for persons with severe physical handicaps or pregnant women