Just 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.
For 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!