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Welcome to our Khao Sok blog, a useful insight into all things Khao Sok. Here, you will find over 30 blogs to help maximize your experience from the village to Khao Sok National Park to the best activities. Please check the full list of Khao Sok blogs below, or search by category or keyword. We also regularly highlight other aspects of travel tourism and adventures in Thailand.

Khao Sok River Tubing

Khao Sok river tubing from the Riverside Cottages is a classic Khao Sok adventure!  Sitting on a large rubber tube, guests are borne downstream by cool, clear water.  During the activity, you will pass beneath soaring limestone cliffs covered in unique and bizarre flora.  Massive exotic hardwoods housing orchids, fragrant vines will stretch across the river, forming a leafy ceiling overhead.  Birds and butterflies flit across the water’s surface, and tubers might spot playing monkeys or sleeping snakes in the trees. Khao Sok river tubing is best during monsoon season, from June until November.  As a result of heavy rain, the river is high and the current is strong, and guests may encounter fallen trees or sunken bamboo.  Therefore, a guide will accompany your group to ensure safety at all times. Our Khao Sok river tubing activity begins and ends here at the Riverside [...]

Thai Dry Season: an April Portrait

The Thai dry season can be difficult to endure, but traveling to Khao Sok in April has virtues.  It is the hottest and driest month of the year, with a tropical sun blazing out of a pale blue, cloudless sky.  This means it is an excellent time of year for Khao Sok trekking, or visiting Cheow Larn Lake.  If only you can find a comfortable place to rest...The villageIn the village of Khao Sok, the asphalt and cement structures that have replaced the forest soak up the sun’s rays.  This ensures blistering heat from sky and ground during the day, and stored heat escaping into the night.  Nonexistent breezes do little to usher the heat away.  Visitors trying to enjoy a meal or cold beer must contend with frenzied construction work as the town makes repairs. Thai dry season on the RiversideAt Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, [...]

Khao Sok Park Cave Hike

We all hopped in the truck to head off to Khao Sok Park.  There, we would be hiking through dense Rainforest on the way to a little-known cave.  The staff at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages had arranged the trip.  Although most resorts here can arrange hikes, Riverside Cottages is one of the few that sends people to this part of the Rainforest.  Even though we had some great fried rice wrapped in banana leaves, we stopped grab some water and snacks.  It’s always good to have extra snacks! The trek begins in Khao Sok Park We arrived at the Khao Sok Park entrance, where we paid our entrance fee and got ready to go. Our hike started out heading downhill, which was a breeze in contrast with the uphill trek ahead. We stopped many times as our guide Pu explained all the wonderful intricacies of nature [...]

Things to do in Khao Sok: A Driver’s Guide

Resorts in Khao Sok boast an impressive list of activities to offer guests of all ages, interests, and ability levels.  From river tubing and jungle camping, to Thai massage and overnight lake trips, your resort can book just about anything.  However, there are a number of local sights and activities that visitors to Khao Sok can do by themselves.  This is especially true for guests driving to Khao Sok.  Here, we’ll review a few  of these things to do in Khao Sok! Things to do in Khao Sok In addition to the jungle, river, and restaurants, guests can find quite a few things to do.  For example, there is a beautiful Khao Sok Waterfall just outside of town.  Additionally, cave temples are numerous, if you know where to look! The easiest way to cross the following activities off your list is if you are driving [...]

Khao Sok Canoe Trip – Sabai Sabai

A Khao Sok canoe trip is one of the staple activities for visitors.  Recently, we made a trip down the river and thought we would share our experience. We began our Khao Sok canoe trip after a short drive through wondrous scenery.  We enjoyed a climb down rock steps, which led to the river and our waiting canoes and guides.  Then, the guides handed out bags of fish food.  Instantly after throwing just a small handful into the river, a feeding frenzy erupted.  Brightly coloured fish made the water boil as they fought for food.  Have your camera at the ready to get some great action shots!  In fact, due to breathtaking scenery, you should have your camera ready during all Khao Sok canoe trips! While our guide paddled slowly down the river, we experienced the true meaning of the Thai phrase 'Sabai-Sabai'.  'Sabai-Sabai' means [...]

The Asian Elephant – Elephant Facts – Khao Sok National Park Elephant

Would you like to know more about the Khao Sok national park elephant? How much do you know about the Asian elephant? Having some knowledge of elephant facts will help you get the most from your Asian elephant experience. For example do you wonder ‘how much does an elephant weigh?’ How useful is an elephant trunk? How about the elephant diet? What makes up an elephant family? Who looks after the baby elephant? Understanding some elephant facts will prepare you for your Khao Sok national park elephant experience and help you to learn about the life of these special creatures. The Elephant Trunk The elephant trunk is the most versatile and important appendage of an elephant. An elephant trunk has and incredible 150,000 separate muscles and no bones. Among the many uses of the elephant trunk are breathing, touching, grasping and trumpeting. [...]

Getting off the Beaten Path in South Thailand

Khao Sok national park is certainly one of the best South Thailand destinations!  However, there are other amazing spots just down the road!  In this blog we’ll take a brief look at a few other of our favourite southern Thailand travel locales near Khao Sok, the best way to get off the beaten path in South Thailand! The Andaman Coast - home of amazing South Thailand destinations!  Disclaimer: We love nature and the Real Thailand!  The following destinations are recommended for travellers wishing to get off the beaten path in South Thailand.  If you are willing to sacrifice some comfort and amenities in exchange for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, then keep reading! Leaving Khao Sok, the easiest way to get somewhere amazing is to head West.  Unlike the bustling East Coast, with Surat Thani and the gulf islands, Thailand’s Andaman coast remains quiet and undeveloped in many areas.  It [...]

Thailand Jungle Trekking

Khao Sok National Park is home to many wonders of nature, and some of the best Thailand jungle trekking available.  Rare and bizarre plants and animals call the peaks of the park’s mountains home.  Also, due to in inhospitable terrain, more species are undoubtedly awaiting discovery among Khao Sok’s famous limestone Karst formations. Of all these enchanting natural wonders, few capture the imagination quite like the Rafflesia Kerrii - the world’s largest ‘flower’.  Rafflesia Kerri is located high on mountain ridges, and is a genuine treasure of Khao Sok National Park.  Furthermore, it is visited by a surprisingly few number of intrepid visitors.  Recently, I was lucky enough to put my name on the list of adventurers to make the climb to the Rafflesia. Journey to the Rafflesia Kerrii Our  Thailand jungle trekking adventure began at [...]