Thailand`s Malay Peninsula was once the most biologically diverse area on earth. Sadly due to logging, industrial farming for rubber tree plants and oil palms, and poaching, the flora and animal life in the area has been decimated. Where once you could constantly expect to see wild elephants, tigers, and hornbills throughout the peninsula, these animals are now becoming just a memory or a tourist attraction even to locals. The last-known gibbon on Phuket Island was recently taken to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center because she appeared to be starving.Credit: wikipedia
The Khao Sok National Park is the area’s best hope to reduce the impact of human disturbance and to preserve Thailand’s botanical heritage for future generations. The park includes the world's oldest evergreen forest and hosts an amazing display of wildlife. Endemic species that are rare outside of the park are abundant here. Endangered species, such as the palm langkow and the Rafflesia kerri meijer, are the main focus of the park’s conservation efforts, and these plants can now live in safely in Khao Sok National Park.
Animals of Khao Sok National Park
Credit: WikipediaYou can find barking deer, clouded leopards, tapirs, tigers, Malaysian sun bears, elephants, and gibbons still thriving within the park's borders. While other parks in southern Thailand are known for their wildlife and draw more people in a day, Khao Sok is considered the hidden treasure of Thailand’s park system. Visitors most often visiting the park have been enthusiastic naturalists and backpacking eco-tourists. As the word has spread about the beauty found here, interest in the park has grown immensely.
Lodging at Khao Sok National Park
There are eight independently owned lodging facilities available to visitors to the park. The operators of these facilities have united together with the park officials to form the Khao Sok Environmental Protection and Tourism Agency. The agency is dedicated to preserving the local habitats and ecosystems while ensuring responsible and regulated eco-tourism in the area. In a move that the Western hospitality industry would consider counterintuitive, the agency is investigating the possibility of limiting the amount of visitors to the area. Conservation and commerce work harmoniously in the region for the benefit of the park and the visitors. The park itself is almost 2,500 square miles, making it one of Thailand’s largest national parks, and it is easily accessible from most parts of southern Thailand.
Khao Sok National Park Tours
Siam Safari Nature Tours provides 1 day jungle safari tour. You will get to cut through the jungle, see amazing limestone cliffs and mountains whilst canoeing down a river. You will also get to experience elephant trekking and a buffet lunch is included too.
Where is Khao Sok National Park?
Khao Sok National Park is located in Surat Thani Province, southern Thailand, and is a 2.5-hour drive northeast of Phuket.
Hours of Operation:
Khao Sok National Park is open all year-round, 24/ 7.
Park office: Web: www.khaosok.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours (1- to 3-day trips): Adults, US$95—$334; children, US$66-$206.
Visitors center; natural swimming pools. Elephant trekking, guided canoe trips, and jungle hiking are available at Khao Sok National Park
Best Times to Visit:
November through to May is the best times to visit Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok National Park Travelling Tips:
Although the amenities offered in the park are limited, you are within easy driving distance of anything you need, particularly if you are not travelling to the park as part of a tour. In-park lodging offers full dining and will attempt to accommodate any special requests. Other activities to enjoy at the park include birding, camping, fishing, climbing, hiking, and boating. The mosquito population is dense, so bring a strong insect repellent. An 11-tier waterfall within the park is well worth a visit, don’t forget to bring your camera.
Khao Sok National Park Map
Khao Sok National Park, Khlong Sok, Phanom, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand