Khao Sok National Park happens be some of the oldest evergreen forest in the world and the lake was originally a river lined by a number of small villages until the Government decided to flood the area around 30 years ago in order to create a hydroelectric power plant. The fresh-water lake is now over 80 metres deep in parts and combined with the surrounding rain forests is home to the one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
All of our southern Thailand tours stop here for a night after Bangkok so you will get to experience the tranquility and natural beauty which is worlds apart from Thailand’s capital.
Khao Sok National Park – What we do
Khao Sok is a huge national park located in the South of Thailand, around 9 hours from Bangkok. We travel down via overnight train to Surat Thani and arrive at the crack of dawn where we are greeted by our very good Thai friends who will take us into the heart of the National park. It takes around 2 hours to get there but it is well worth the wait. We board a longtail boat and cruise through the jaw dropping landscape of karst limestone mountains towards our floating bungalows. On the way we stop of for a dip in the fresh water lake and some cliff jumping.
Kayaking, Tubing and fun in the sun – When we arrive to our piece of floating paradise you will have the rest of the day to use how you wish. You will have Kayaks at your disposal to go explore your new surroundings. If you get close enough to the mountains you might even get to spot some monkeys. Alternatively you can chill in the tubes, top up the tan and have a few drinks with your new founds friends.
All food is included when we are there so we do not even have to leave to find food. What more can you want. Evening activities mainly entail of a few beers and star gazing. Khao Sok is literally one of our favourite places in the world.
When we are in Khao Sok we generally stick to the lake and near by areas, however the huge areas of jungle surrounding the lake is still part of the national park. For more information on it, have a gander at some sites like this or this blog by our mate Charlotte.
Where we stay…
We think that the best way to experience Khao Sok National Park is to stay overnight on the lake in floating bungalows so that’s exactly what we do. Cut off from the outside world you will witness the true beauty of the national park.
The resort is comprised of lots of little bungalows and a small restaurant/bar area which float on the lake. You can step right out of your bungalow into the clear, fresh water any time you like and in the morning you can see the low clouds over the mountain tops right from your bed. Here’s a video of the resort from above.
Experience the magical Khao Sok National Park
Getting to the bungalows at Khao Sok is not easy and can be very expensive if travelling alone or in small groups. We have been coming here for years so can guarantee that by joining us you save time, money and will be with a fun loving group of young adults to share the good times with!
Khao Sok National Park – Fun Facts
Khao Sok is 739 sq km in size and has the highest rainfall of anywhere in Thailand due to the high mountain ranges, proximity to both coasts and the fact it is influenced by the northern and southern monsoons.
The forest here has features of both evergreen and rain-forest and is known to be some of the oldest in the world as the equatorial position of Thailand has not changed much in 160 million years meaning it has not been affected by ice ages and has had sufficient rain to maintain the forest even when other parts of the world have been in drought.
Khao Sok is home to around 42 different types of mammal including elephants, leopards, tigers, deer, monkeys and rats, over 310 species of birds and even 38 species of Bats as well as countless fish, insects and reptiles.
In 1982 the Rajjaprabha Dam was built which closed off the Pasaeng river and created a 165 square kilometer lake inside the National Park Boundaries (where we stay). This dam was built to guarantee a source of electricity to the south of Thailand.