Khao Sok National Park has a slow-moving river running through it that is perfect for canoeing, tubing, or bamboo rafting. You will have a guide with you at all times to share information about your surroundings and ensure your safety. There are several jungle animals that guides can point out as you journey along the Sok river; wild elephants, wild pigs, monkeys, snakes, birds, and lizards. You will also see the beauty of nature, such as limestone cliffs, rope swings, and trees that are part of the largest and oldest virgin rainforest in Southern Thailand. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of village life on the banks of the river. Locals use this river to catch fish, do their laundry, and collect drinking water.
When touring Khao Sok, you can relax and enjoy having a paddler do the work for you if you choose canoeing or bamboo rafting on the Sok River. If you would rather do the paddling yourself, you have the option at nearby Cheow Larn Lake.
Traditional bamboo rafts are a great way to explore local nature in a different way. They are made of dried bamboo stalks that are tied together with rope. While riding on one of these rafts, you might get wet from waves of water that come up as the raft moves down the river, so you will probably want to bring a change of clothes and a towel. In spite of the waves, this is a tranquil ride on a safe and stable watercraft.
If you’re looking for a slightly more adventurous way to see the wildlife, tubing may be the perfect activity for you. Tubing is floating on a rubber tire. A guide will accompany you as you relax and slowly float down the Sok River at your own pace. As with rafting, you will want a change of clothes for later.
Canoeing offers a touring experience that is similar to bamboo rafting, but you have less chance of getting wet. This is perfect if you want the chance to explore along the river without the added adventure of being down in the water on a tube or on a raft with water splashing up.
From about December to April, the river level drops because it’s the dry season. During this time, please be advised that it may not be possible to do these water activities.