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. This page starts with a brief overview of the park, and goes on to detail the human and natural history of the area.
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, along with accommodation. Additionally, the lake can be visited on a day tour or you can stay overnight in a floating bungalow.
Park Highlights – Wildlife and Unique Flora
Khao Sok nationalpark is home to gibbons, elephants, 5 types of monkey, plus several rare bird species. Notably, it is one of the few places to see species native to both the Malayan peninsula and the rest of Southeast Asia. The best time to see big animals is between February and May. The park also contains unusual plants, such as the Rafflesia. This is the world’s largest flower, with a diameter of almost a meter, and blooms periodically between December and March. As a result, a Rafflesia trek is one of Khao Sok’s most unique adventures.
Best time to visit Khao Sok National Park
Since many of Khao Sok’s classic activities require rain, you can visit the National Park all year. The “green season” is from May to October. Within this time, periods of wet and dry weather alternate. Most rain falls in June and September. Consequently, this is the best time for river tubing. Finally, from November through April the weather is generally dry and sunny. For more information on the Khao Sok dry season, click here.
Your Accommodation in Khao Sok
After exploring Khao Sok National Park, our comfortable rooms provide the perfect place to relax. You will sleep in a private cottage, and can enjoy a tasty meal and cold beer in our restaurant. Riverside Cottages makes an excellent base to experience the National Park. Please contact us to book a room or a tour package.