Khao Sok National Park is one of the world’s oldest rainforests; older and even more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Here, the visitor can enjoy some of the most tranquil and breathtakingly beautiful scenery on the planet while experiencing the blissful sensation of your troubles draining away.
For many visitors, jungle trekking is one of the best ways to enjoy the rainforest, becoming one with the forest floor by trekking on foot with an experienced guide who is licensed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The cost of a TAT guide is included in the price of each tour, although they are also available for hire from the national park headquarters.
Khao Sok is reputed to provide a home for more than five percent of the world’s species of wildlife as well as a rich and vibrant flora. The park is probably most famous for the Rafflesia kerrii flower. R. kerrii is a parasite to the wild grape. Its red blooms are between 50 to 90 centimeters in diameter and stink to high heaven of rotting meat in order to attract flies for pollination.
Spend quality time with Asian elephants, the continent’s largest land animal. Tourism offers a sustainable alternative for domestic elephants left redundant by the ban on logging. Take a jungle trek and keep an elephant employed!
One of the most common inhabitants of the Thai rainforest is the Spectacled Langur Monkey. Langur comes from the Hindu word for “long-tailed,” and it is this feature that distinguishes them from other species of monkey. Like the human teenager, the Spectacled Langur Monkey spends four hours a day feeding.
Treks depart from a number of locations throughout the park. The Rafflesia trek and some of the quieter tours are accessible from points east or west of the main entrance to the park.
Visitors are requested to follow National Park rules, which are the same as the wildlife code everywhere:
Take all trash back to headquarters for disposal
Carry sufficient fresh water to sustain you for the entire trek
Don’t touch anything you are not familiar with
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience; one that will looked back upon with fondness for many years to come.