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Khao Sok National Park

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Best Time: June- September Read More

Ideal duration: 3-4 Days

Nearest Airport: Surat Thani Airport Check Flights

"The Limestone and Green Forest"

Khao Sok National Park Tourism

Khao Sok National Park, in the Surat Thani province of Thailand, is the largest pristine forest in the area and is a small part of a rainforest that in yesteryears was bigger and denser than the Amazon rainforest.  Rich and diverse in flora and fauna, the park is one of the best places to witness rare species such as Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and tigers. Punctuated by limestone cliffs, mountains, splendid sandstone and mudstone rocks, this is the wettest part of Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park should be explored over a period of 3-4 days. This allows tourists to enjoy the rainforest by visiting elephant camps and opting for adventure thrills such as canoeing. The National Park is known for hiking, the stunning jungle cave temple, spectacular waterfalls, and sightseeing. To explore more, continue on to Chiew Lan Lake and find intriguing rock formations. Bamboo rafting is a star attraction for those visiting the Khao Sok National Park. The Park also has nine other trails to choose from which are unique in their own way. 

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Entry Fee To The Park

THB 400 for foreigners THB 100 for students THB 40 for Thai nationals You can buy tickets from the park. If you have booked a trail, chances are that the entry fee is already included.

What to do

  • Khao Sok National Park is a tropical treat for all the trekkers. Being a rainforest, it shelters wild elephants, serows, tigers, Malayan sun bears and more than 180 bird species. You can also hire a local guide for trekking and enjoy the waterfalls.
  • Canoeing and bamboo rafting is one of the most sought after things at the park. In a backdrop of cooing birds and waves of the Sok river lashing the shore, the limestone cliffs, mighty mountains and the expansive sky make rafting a surreal experience. Wander and wonder around different caves like Diamond cave, Khang Cow Cave and Nam Talu cave to reach Cheow Lan Lake.
  • You can also book a boat trip for yourself to the spectacular waterfalls. A tropical paradise in incomplete without fresh fruits and vegetables and Khao Sak is no exception to it.
  • One can find rambutan, longan, pomelo, mango, mangosteen, banana, papaya, and guava flooding the markets and supermarkets in areas around the Park.
  • If you are coming here in the month of January or February you can witness the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia blossom in its full glory.

Restaurants and Local Food in Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok has Thai and European cuisine meals to offer and they are reasonably priced between THB 70 to 80. The Government here has imposed strict regulations on the standard of food being sold in restaurants and food stalls. If you are unsure at any point, look for the sign “Clean Food, Good Taste.”

You can consider the following options:

  • While at Khao Sok National Park, try Thai green curry that is a local speciality and is easily available in every nook and corner.
  • Also, try the Banana and Thai iced tea to beat the heat.
  • Get your hands on Khao Gaeng which is a comforting noodle soup with a local twist.
  • Fried cauliflower or fried kale in oyster sauce is another knick knack to relish.
  • The tiramisu cake at Khao Sok Paradise resort comes highly recommended. 
  • Khao Sok is abundant on pineapples. If you are craving something sweet, try deep-fried pineapple and banana.
  • Banana and pumpkin in coconut milk is another innovative local dessert.
  • Longan and Rambutan in honey syrup is a hot favourite amongst the locals.

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How To Reach Khao Sok National Park

 The best way to get to the National Park is to book a tour with them which includes free transfers from their pick up locations. These locations are Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Koh Samui, Khanorm and Surat Thani.

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