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 you stayed a year in the park.
Just before we reach Ban Khao Sok we stop to enjoy the breathtaking view over a typical valley surrounded by high mountains.
Get ready for a relaxed but exciting bamboo raft tour on the Sok River. This is the best way to explore the stunning nature, discover the local flora & fauna, feel the peace and listen to the soundtrack of nature. Poled by professional local rafting guides we follow the curvy river, sometimes very close to the amazing limestone cliffs.
Some trees here grow even in the water and between the roots we might see different kinds of lizards in all sizes and shapes. Higher up in the trees sleeping snakes can be seen and various kind of birds and butterflies. And if we are lucky we might also meet a family of monkeys.
To get to the river where the rafts are waiting for us, we have to pass through a temple cave. . . please have some clothes or cloths with you to cover knee and shoulders!
After our delicious Thai Lunch we are off to our next adventure, the elephant experience.
Walk with these amazing gentle giants, discovering the natural way how they enjoy a walk. . . it’s walking – feeding – walking – feeding. . . and it’s their choice of food!
Then, with the assistance of the mahout (elephant caretaker) you jump into the river to bathe for with these beautiful animals. Give them a good scrub. . . they love it, especially the top of the head and back, areas they can’t reach on their own! And if you are really lucky they take a trunk full of water and give you a nice shower. It becomes very obvious that elephants love the water play!
To finish off you can reward them by feeding banana, sugarcane or pineapple (whatever the camp offers that day). That’s a nice and appreciated variation to the usual greens (mainly pineapple leaves) they otherwise feed.