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Khao Sok National Park

Thai name : อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาสก

GPS : 8.915471,98.528361 (See on the map)
Khao Sok

Presentation

Located in Surat Thani province, Khao Sok is one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand mainly due to Chiew Lan lake and its limestone peaks planted in water that many compare to the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. Here you can make interesting treks and discover waterfalls, amazing caves and of course all kinds of plants and animals.

The Khao Sok National Park, established in 1981, manages, with 739 square kilometes the largest rainforest in southern Thailand. Its jungle is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, it is even older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest. The stars of the park are the gibbons and rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world.

If you come to Khao Sok, you need to take a boat tour on Chiew Lan lake, formed by Ratchaprapha dam. And I advise you to spend at least one night in a floating hotels on the lake.
If Khao Sok National Park is open year-round, from June to September, the occasional heavy downpours make the jungle unsafe but you can still enjoy the lake, its setting and all the related activities (kayaking, boat trips, paddle ect ...)

Practical information about Khao Sok National Park

The entrance fee to Khao Sok National Park costs 300 baht for adults and 150 for children (depending on how tall they are). It is open all year. The nearest town is Surat Thani, there are minivans connecting the city or Surat Thani railway station to Khao Sok Park (2 hours - 200 THB). Otherwise, one of Surat Thani - Phuket buses can also drop you near the park entrance (one bus every hour - 180 THB).

There are many guesthouses and hotels in Khao Sok, most are in the street leading to the park entrance. It is best to book in advance on weekends in high season. One of the good ways to live a full experience of Khao Sok park is to stay in one of these accommodations and to go to a neighboring travel agency and book a 2 days / 1 night tour, spending the night in a floating hotel on Chiew Lan Lake. So you can do trails in the forest and discover the lake.

For treks, take a swimsuit and towel to swim in the rivers and waterfalls and good shoes, it will also protect you agianst leeches. There are some in Khao Sok, so do not sit too long in the forest. Apparently Tiger Balm could make them flee... Otherwise, even if one bites you, nothing serious, just go to the pharmacy, they will give you a saline solution and a cream (120 baht) and a few days after there will be no trace.

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