Khao Sok Thailand Adventures 2017-03-05T10:49:17+00:00

Thailand Khao Sok Adventures

If you are looking for excitement in the jungle, adventures organized by Riverside Cottages provide the perfect start! In addition to canoe trips and river tubing, we also offer elephant bathing and bird watching – great ways to spend your days around Khao Sok Thailand! All of these tours are available when you book a room or a tour package.

Get up close and personal with elephants – our tours are cruelty-free and elephant friendly! If you are looking for water activities, either a canoe or tubing trip is guaranteed to please!  You will travel down the gentle river surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. To really see the rare bird species of Khao Sok Thailand, head out for some bird watching with an expert guide. 

Khao Sok Canoe Trip

Khao Sok Thailand Canoeing

This is a classic Khao Sok Thailand adventure where you hop into a canoe and explore the river with a local guide.  Since your guide will paddle the boat, you can relax while he points out the wildlife you will encounter on the way.  As a result, you can see monkeys playing in the trees, brightly colored kingfishers, and snakes snoozing in the trees above.

During your journey down the river you will stop on the banks for a coffee break and a swim in the cool water. Continuing, you can soak up stunning views of the limestone cliffs and forested riverbanks.  Finally, you will stop at a fish conservation pond, where you will have the chance to explore a small cave on your own. Further details can be found on our blog – Sabai Sabai Khao Sok Canoe Trip.

Duration: About one and one-half hours in the canoe, and fifteen minutes drive each way.

Tip: You will only get wet if you want to, yet it is a good idea to bring a plastic bag to store electronics during the rainy season.

Khao Sok Thailand River Tubing

Khao Sok Thailand River Tubing

When the river is high enough, river tubing is a favorite Khao Sok Thailand adventure!  Hop on a rubber tube at the top of the river and ride down it to Riverside Cottages.  Since river tubing requires strong currents, guides will accompany you to make sure your ride is both fun AND safe!  You will find some areas where the water moves faster and you can rock and roll down the rapids.  At these points, your guide will point the way for you and make sure you avoid obstacles.

In the calmer parts of the river they can point out monkeys, birds, and snakes sleeping in the trees.  As a result, you can enjoy the clear, cool water, and let others do the work!  For those who think they are too old for this kind of stuff, don’t be silly: be a kid again and tube the river!  Check out our blog for more info.

Duration: 1-2 hours, depending on the speed of the river.

Tip: Because this trip encounters deep water and strong currents, it is recommended for people who are comfortable swimming.

Elephant Bathing and Elephant Experience

Elephant Retirement at Khao Sok Thailand

We do not offer elephant rides, but never fear, we have developed 2 truly delightful elephant-friendly experiences.

Elephant Retirement Experience – help Somboon the elephant retire from a life of hard work. Visit Somboon at a family farm, and learn what it’s like to own an elephant. This is a unique opportunity to feed, bathe, and care for one of nature’s most amazing creatures. Read more about the Elephant Retirement program here.

Elephant Bathing – if you want to spend a shorter amount of time with these gentle giants, this is a chance to see elephants at their most playful – watch out for splashing!

Duration: Retirement Experience – about 2 hours with the elephant, and 20 minutes drive each way. Bathing – about 45 minutes with the elephant, and 15 minutes drive each way.

Tip: both tours include a bathing activity, so bring a change of clothes and a towel! 

Khao Sok Thailand Bird Watching

Crimson Sunbird

Khao Sok Thailand is home to a wide variety of birds, including the great argus, hornbills, pittas, sunbirds, and other unusual species. Since some of Khao Sok’s most spectacular birds can be seen nearby, this tour can be done without a deep jungle hike.  Therefore, all ages will enjoy this excursion, which will likely include a few primate sightings as well.

In addition to year-round species, different migratory birds appear in the dry season (November to April) and during the monsoon (May to October). Your guide will explain bird behavior as well as familiarize you with each of their unique calls.  There is some useful information on birding in Khao Sok Thailand here.

Duration: Half day or full day.

Tip: Bring your own binoculars, and book in advance because our Khao Sok Thailand bird guide is often busy. 

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