Home to the world’s oldest jungle ecosystem, Khao Sok National Park and surrounding area form a protected region of over 3,600 square kilometers. It features pristine jungle, waterfalls and swimming holes, and eye-catching limestone cliffs that rise sharply from the green canopy.
Overview of Khao Sok National Park
The Khao Sok National Park has two main centers of activity at: the headquarters at Khao Sok town and the floating bungalows of Cheow Lan Lake, 65km to the east. Near the headquarters, hiking, river activities and elephant treks can be found, in addition to accommodation. Additionally, the lake can be visited on a day tour or you can stay overnight in a floating bungalow.
Khao Sok National Park is remote and massive, and as a result it is one of Thailand’s best places to see wildlife. The park is home to gibbons, elephants, 5 types of monkey, plus several rare bird species. Most notably, it is one of the few places to see the different animals native to both the Malayan peninsula and the rest of Southeast Asia. The best time to see big animals is between February and May.
Due to it’s size and location, there is a huge variety of plant life to be found in the jungle around Khao Sok. This includes some very unique species. Perhaps the most bizarre of these is the giant Rafflesia. This is the world’s largest flower, and can reach a diameter of almost a meter. The Rafflesia blooms periodically between December and March along high mountain ridges. As a result, a Rafflesia trek is one of Khao Sok’s most unique adventures.