It’s the oldest evergreen forest in the world and 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 lake for a hydro-electric power plant. The limestone mountains have over the years filtered the rainwater to create a fresh-water lake, which can be up to 80 metres deep in parts and is home to the one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
The best way to experience Khao Sok is to stay overnight on the lake in floating bungalows. Cut off from the outside world you will witness the true beauty of the rainforest by day and night. Most resorts have kayaks available for you to use throughout the day so you can explore and search for monkeys or you can relax with a beer, kick back and take in the views. At night the resorts generators switch off around 11pm which paves the way for the star gazers! If it’s a clear sky you will see stars like you have never seen before as there is no artificial light for miles, leaving you to watch the shooting stars before heading to bed.
The good news is we visit Khao Sok on all our southern Thailand itineraries so check out our trips and see which one is right for you.