Amidst the verdant splendor of the Khao Sok forest, lies a treasure trove of botanical wonders waiting to be discovered at the Riverside Cottages Nature Trail. Embark on this journey of exploration, and let the beauty of nature’s creations captivate your soul.

We recently created a nature trail full of interesting information – please try it yourself once you are here. Until then, here is a brief preview of the highlights, along with sounds from the jungle!

The forest and gardens nestled within Riverside Cottages are filled with endemic species, fruit trees, and wildlife – a trail of natural delight. As sunlight filters through the forest canopy, this trail calls adventurers to embark on a journey of exploration and discovery. With each step, listen to the symphony of the jungle and discover the rich flora and fauna.

Read on to learn about torch ginger, elephant ear, wild bananas, and more. Finish the experience by listening to the sound of the Riverside Cottages forest.

Plants to discover on our Riverside Cottages Nature Trail

Torch Ginger

Your expedition begins with the Torch Ginger, a striking plant renowned for its stunning pink flowers, which are not only visually appealing but also edible. This species, one of the many varieties of ginger, is home to Khao Sok.

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail - Torch Ginger

Alocasia or Elephant Ear Plants

As you continue to traverse the trail towering Alocasia plants, or elephant ear plants, catch your eye with their majestic leaves, some stretching over a meter in length. Though not typically consumed, these plants offer a visual feast, their intricate inflorescence revealing the complexity of nature’s design. Amidst the foliage, a world of tiny flowers unfolds, each playing a vital role in the plant’s reproductive cycle.

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail - Alocasia or Elephant Ear Plants

Betel Nut Palm

Within the rich culture of Thailand, the Betel Nut Palm holds a special place, its nuts symbolizing prosperity and tradition. Used in traditional ceremonies and prized for their stimulating properties, these nuts leave an indelible mark on both culture and cuisine. They’re often used in Thailand to mark property boundaries. There are some great examples along the Riverside Cottages Nature Trail.

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail - Betel Nut Palm nuts

Kaffir Lime

The aromatic qualities of Kaffir Lime not only permeates the air but its fruits and leaves weave their way into a plethora of Thai culinary traditions. As with so many plants that we find on the Riverside Cottages Nature Trail the Kaffir provides a rich resource for the local people.  From culinary delights to aromatic therapies, this versatile plant enriches both body and soul, leaving a fragrant aroma wherever it grows.

Kaffir Lime

Banana Plant

Amidst the tall canopy, banana trees stand as a resilient guard, filling gaps in the forest and nourishing creatures with their fruit. From the succulent fruits to the delicate flowers, every part of the banana tree plays a vital role in the ecosystem, fostering life and abundance in its growth.

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail - Banana flower with bird

Fish-Tailed Palms

Nature’s enigma unfolds in the form of fish-tailed palms. Their towering presence and intricate life cycle offer a glimpse into the wonders of the tropical forest. From their short-lived blooms to the prickly fruits, these palms embody the resilience and complexity of the natural world.

Fish-Tailed Palms

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail Sounds

Afternoon Sounds

Monkey cartoon

Bats

Bats Cartoon

Frogs at Night

Frog cartoon

Hornbills

Hornbill cartoon

White Backed Palm

Riverside Cottages is also home to a very special species of palm: the White Backed Palm. This rare palm is one of the world’s most endangered palm species. It’s found in Khao Sok and Khao Phra Taew forest park in Phuket, and nowhere else on earth! The tree is small (3-5m) tall, with large fan-shaped leaves with silver-white undersides which emanate from a central thick trunk. Upon a first glance, it may look like some other palms around the resort, but its silvery-white underside sets the White Backed Palm apart from the rest!

Riverside Cottages Nature Trail - White Backed Palm

As you conclude your Riverside Cottages Nature Trail, a sense of awe and reverence fills your heart. Reminding you of the importance of preserving Khao Sok’s natural heritage. From the towering trees to the smallest of plants, each species plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of this ancient ecosystem.

Thanks for coming along and enjoying this magical place. Whether you’re near or far, we hope you were able to feel the magic of the jungle.