KHAO SOK Natonal Park, SURAT THANI Province
Immerse amid the natural beauty and rejuvenate in Thailand’s rainiest spot, Khao Sok National Park. This is one of the most visited places and it is home to the largest expanse of virgin forest. A visit here will baffle you with its stunning beauty; making you feel you are in a place anew. Its misty mountains that traverse through thick forest is a worthy sight to watch.
Khao Sok National Park is without a doubt a famous place to visit as here you do not only get to marvel the beauty of nature but also plunge in comfortable hotel beds at many top-notch accommodations flanking that forested property. It is here you will see some spectacular attractions along many activities such as jungle trekking, canoeing, kayaking and bamboo rafting. There are other recreational activities as well like bird watching, boat tours and meeting asiatic elephants.
Beautiful sandstone and mudstone rocks rise about 300–600 m above sea level. The park is traversed by a limestone mountain range from north to south with a high point of 950 m. This mountain range is hit by monsoon rain coming from both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, which makes it among Thailand’s wettest regions with an annual rain fall of 3,500 mm.Heavy rainfall and falling leaves led to the erosion of the limestone rocks and created the significant karst formations seen today.
Khao Sok National Park has various activities for tourists who like adventure such as trekking, canoeing, bamboo rafting or a boat tour to Cheow Lan lake.
Trekking Due to Khao Sok being a tropical rainforest, there are many wild animals such as “wild elephants, serow, tigers, Malayan sun bears and over 180 bird species to watch”. If you are interested trekking you can hire a local guide. If you are lucky, you will find Rafflesia Kerrii Meijer,and visit waterfalls. Moreover, you can stay in the forest at night and cook with bamboo.
Canoeing and Bamboo rafting Sok River is a perfect place to relax yourself. You will enjoy beautiful views along the river. Most commonly seen animals for example are birds and fish. Moreover, the view of limestone cliffs, mountain range and wide sky are amazing. They have local guides for you to hire for canoeing and bamboo rafting.
Boat to Cheow Lan lake After trekking into the deep forest, there are many caves to explore such as Diamond cave, Khang Cow Cave and Nam Talu cave which connect to Cheow Lan lake. Nam Talu cave is about 12 kilometers from the headquarters of Khao Sok National Park. If you a buy trip they will have staff waiting for you and boat you from the waterfall to the lake. These are activities that are suitable for adventurers. Khao Sok is not only a relaxing place but also exciting.