Visiting the Khao Sok National Park in Thailand
The Khao Sok National Park (เขาสก) is one of the most beautiful natural parks in Thailand and the world. It is located in Surat Thani province and it’s well-known for the Cheow Lan Lake also known as Ratchaprapha Dam, its variety of wildlife and the amazing Khao Sok village, often frequented by backpackers, couples, as well as families with kids. The virgin forest of the Park is more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest.
Wildlife includes birds as the Little grebe, Storks, Ospreys, Parrots, Barn owls and Eagles and other animals such as Flying lemurs, Squirrels, Pangolins, Gibbons, Macaques, Bears, Leopards and other cats, Gaur, and a long list of animal species diversity plus Gliding lizards and snakes.
Khao Sok is one of the most beautiful places in Thailand. Far from the overcrowded tourist centres, it’s a ideal place for relaxing vacation and practicing activities such as jungle and elephant trekking, canoeing on the Sok river, observing a Raflessia, the biggest flower in the world (To see the Rafflesia flower you have to go when it is in bloom around late January or early February). You will also be pleased by the night safari and enjoying the amazing and picturesque landscapes the Khao Sok National Park has to offer.
Enjoy the stunning Cheow Lan lake aka Ratchaprapa Dam long tail boat tours in the paradise, overnight in floating raft houses, experience bamboo rafting, tubing, kayaking and many more adventures.
One of the best and most expensive experiences in this huge natural park is the stunning Khlong Saeng Wild Life Sanctuary tour, which includes boat trips, hiking and trekking and, of course, wildlife watching. Overnight in beautiful floating raft houses in the Cheow Lan Lake.
The Khao Sok National Park is a “must see” if you’re visiting Thailand.
How to Get the Khao Sok National Park
There are many cheap transfer services that will drive you to Khao Sok. These services include ferry (from the most important islands) and bus or minivan. There are also taxis covering the main routes, however they are more expensive than a bus / minivan.
The best way is take a flight from Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang Airports with Thai Smile, AirAsia or Nok Air to Surat Thani Airport. Prices start at just 1500 THB, but during public holidays prices increase significantly. Then you can take a bus or minibus from Surat Thani to Khao Sok.
Getting Khao Sok from Other places
You can also get the Khao Sok national Park easily from Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Khao Lak, Ko Lanta & Ko Jum, Chumphon, Koh Phi phi, Trang and many other places by bus or minivan. Please note that obviously transfers from / to islands require to book a boat, ferry or speedboat, prices may vary based on the transportation you choose.