Khaosok

Khao Sok National Park


KhaosokJust a 90 minute drive from Phuket, in the mainland province of Phang Nga, lies Khao Sok National Park Thailand, the largest in the province. The constant slash and burn prctices in many tropical countries have left few virgin tropical jungles in existence today. Khao Sok National Park still boast of one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world today that has outstanding and spectacular landscapes from soaring limestone mountains, sheer cliffs, unexplored cave systems,cooling waterfalls, exciting rivers and unusual flora and fauna. Consider an adventure in Khao Sok National Park to experience the diversity of a true eco-tourism adventure. The location of Khao Sok National Park which is right smack in the middle between Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi and Samui makes it easily accessible by plane, train, car, bus or minivan. Transportation to Khao Sok National Park itself can be easily arranged from the hotel concierge, a carhire company or by minivan.

Khao Sok National Park tourism activities include a visit or an overnight stay at the Cheow Larn Lake which is highly recommended. The lake is nestled in a the middle of the National park but there are sufficient amenities to make your stay quite comfortable and yet be able to enjoy the natural beauty of your surroundings. This is where you get to experience living onboard a floating bamboo raft house or “camping” out in luxury tents around the lake. So for those of you who like the outdoors but hate to pitch a tent, there is one ready done and furnished for you here complete with hot showers and a comfortable bed! Cheow Larn Lake is also well known to be the home of several animal species that are indigenous to the vacinity such as hornbills, elephants and the extremely rare Asian Ox.
Khao sokFor the adventure minded, there are many Khao Sok National Park activities to indulge in. To go sightseeing in Khao Sok National Park, you will require a guide. If you book a Khao Sok National Park tour through a tour agency the package normally comes with a tourguide but if you are making your own travel plans, you can hire a guide from the National Park headquarter office. You can arrange for a Khao Sok National Park holiday bookingthrough a travel agent who will be able to make all the required preparations and arrangements for you including a pickup from the hotel and to send you back there after the tour.

So, what are the things to do in Khao Sok National Park? Jungle trekking in Khao Sok National Park is the most interesting. Weaving your way through marked pathways into an old tropical rainforest is exciting. You get to see a plethora of fauna and flora of which most are exotic and unusual. Be an eco-firnedly tourist when you visit the national park and that means eco-responsibility. Do not be too curious to touch and play with things you do not know and bring all your trash back to the hotel or park office for disposal as it helps to keep this great national park a natural wonder for others to enjoy too. Some of the Khao Sok National Park things to see  include clouded leopards, sun bears, tapirs,elephants, gibbons and the spectacled Langur. The most famous flora you can see is the rafflesia which is actually a canivore plant.
Visitors who are interested in other Khao Sok National Park adventure tours can try the elephant experience or spend day tours in the jungle safari as well as canoe experience in the Cheow Larn Lake or a bamboo rafting experience in the many rapids along the rivers in the park. The park activities are not limited to only the adventurous but also to children and those with different levels of fitness. So just about anyone can enjoy a visit to the Khao Sok National Park and experience what it is like to wake up in the mornings to the call of wild gibbons and fall asleep at night to the jungle sounds!

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Phi Phi Island

Phi Phi Don


The Island of Phi Phi Don or better known as Koh Phi Phi of which the word “Koh” means island in Thai is one of the most sought after Shangri-la islands of the Thai Andaman coast. The diving and marine activities are plentyful with crystal clear waters, walks along the miles of sandy white beaches and kayak tours among the lesser islands and coastal waters yeild an abundance of marine life and  sights to behold.

 

A week on Phi Phi Don island is just not enough and many visitors are known to keep coming back for more year after year. It is no surprise when everyday spent on the island provides a different experience. Much of the island is left almost as natural as can be inspite of the many tourists who flock and frequent the island. So a Phi Phi Don holiday is like a visit to paradise.

A Phi Phi Don adventure holiday is a great way to spend a long vacation. It is easy to get there and accomodations on Phi Phi Don will suit just about any budget traveler.Traveling to the island would be by boat from the mainland and there are no cars on the island so it is either back to good old fashioned walking or hitching a ride on a motorbike taxi to get into the main township of Ao Ton Sai or to go sightseeing on some of the island’s many attractions.

Some of the Phi Phi Don things to see while you are on the island include

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Ecobased activities such as hikes, and rock climbing of which there are several establishments offering such Phi Phi Don adventure tours on the island. Also makee it a point to visit the Phi Phi viewpoint during the early morning to watch a great sunrise from the vantage point where an epic coastal cliff is bathed in the rays of the rising sun. Remember to bring your camera along! If you like primates, they can be quite fun albeit mischevious and you can have a chance to know observe them on Monkey beach where they frolick and play along the beach. The wild jungle in the backdrop is reminiscent of a primeval jungle to beach setting very much like something out of a movie set and this island is one of the few places to experience that.

Other noteable Phi Phi Don things to do include snorkeling with the sharks of the island’s azure green coastal waters. One would think that these sharks are familiar to the sight of snorkelers who sometimes feed them so it is very much like a gathering for a free meal for them in many cases! Alternatively if you are more into an active lifestyle aside from snorkeling and diving,take a kayak tour of the island and enjoy the sea waves lapping along the side whilst you observe the many natural sights along the way. Indulge in a scuba diving experience on Phi Phi Don and swim among the abundance of natural marine life and numerous colorful corals that teem below the surface of the mirror-like waters.

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Phi Phi Island Picture from Thailandparadise

Other Phi Phi Don adventure and things to do include snorkeling in Hin Klang which is a marine park but it is required that you are a good swimmer as the currents are notably stronger on this side of the island. You could also pay a visit to the Bamboo Island National Park where after a hike you will be rewarded with the most prestine and golden sand beach on the island. Spend a few hours here in this remote place just enjoying the time away from civilization and lazing by the beach or swimming in the clear warm waters. It is an ideal place for a couple to spend some time together here getting to know each other more intimately.

Phi Phi Island Picture from Thailandparadise

Find out more about a Phi Phi Don excitement holiday from the many tour offerings to the island. A Phi Phi Don tour includes the standard sightseeing and tour packages but sometimes wandering about on your own can bring forth unexpected gems that are not only enjoyable but also unique to your holiday experience on the island. So, if you are looking for that ultimate getway holiday, make a tour of Phi Phi Don Island, you will keep coming back for more!

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