The mountains above Khao Sok town had no blooms during this time. Instead, we were headed to a small village called Bang Man, home to a remote ranger outpost. Although the trip lasted an hour, time flew as we took in breath-taking views of limestone Karst mountains. Soon these shifted to pastoral village scenes as we turned onto a road leading into the forest.
After a bumpy ride down a dirt road, we reached the ranger station. Then, a ranger served coffee, and we sat around for a few minutes drinking and admiring the view. Finally, the hike began.
The Rafflesia hike is perhaps the most difficult that Khao Sok has to offer. Additionally, it is probably some of the most rugged Thailand jungle trekking out there. Therefore, is wasn’t surprising when it became immediately clear that this would be a difficult hike For example, the trail here began in a narrow, boulder-filled creek bed, and we needed to hop our way slowly uphill. We balanced on the larger boulders and jumped over small pockets of water. According to Klong, birds would come by the dozens to bathe and socialize in the late afternoon hours.