Khao Sok National Park

Remote Tambon Khlong Sok, Amphoe Phanom, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84250, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province. The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is a remnant of rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rain forest.

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Why Khao Sok National Park is special ?

Khao Sok National Park is estimated to be over 160 million years old, built through tectonic movements, climate changes, erosions and sediment accumulations. Approximately 300 million years ago, shallow water and warm temperatures in this region led to the creation of a huge coral reef. Estimated to be 5 times as big as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, it originally stretched from China all the way Borneo. Due to the collision of the Indian and Eurasian plate 0-66 million years ago, the Himalayas were formed, and what is now Thailand shifted dramatically near the continental divide and the limestone rocks were forced upward creating the dramatic limestone "karsts" for which the region is known today. Finally, melting ice established the river-rich landscape as well as dozens of waterfalls around the national park.


How to get to Khao Sok National Park?

From/to Bangkok:

- Nok Air offers flight+minivan services from Bangkok to Khao Sok and Ratchprapa Dam v.v. by flying with Nok Air from Bangkok to Surat Thani and transferred on a minivan to Khao Sok taking approximately 3.5 hours.

- By train: Surat Thani train station is the nearest one. Be careful: the southern line is very busy, advance booking is highly recommended.

From/to Phuket or Khao Lak: There is a bus service (approximately one bus per hour; the last one starts from Phuket around 14:00). Transit time is 4 hr from Phuket and 2 hr from Khao Lak (including a 20 min stop in Takua Pa that you may use to visit the local market). Price: about 160 baht from Phuket.


Selling points

  • Must see place for nature lowers
  • Very quiet and stunningly pretty
  • An amazing and relaxing place
  • Underrated gem for lovers of nature
  • Lot of tourism but nice environment
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Tambon Khlong Sok, Amphoe Phanom, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84250, Thailand

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  • You can bring food from the nearest town/last town your pass if that is not possible you will find a very good local food/restaurant at the top of the Dam.
    What to bring
  • Cash only, no credit/debit cards and there are no ATMs inside, so make sure that you have enough cash.
    What to bring
  • If you plan walk all the way to the end, make sure that you arrive at the park before 10AM and have at least 1l water with you per person - round trip will take 8-9 hours.
  • Rent your own private long tail boat there so you can swim, climb explore caves and just marvel at the landscape in your own pace.
    Things to do
  • Land entry to the park is easily accessible from the main highway and you don't need GP to get there - there are plenty of signs directing you there.
    What to know
  • If you arrive via car, you need to pay 30THB for car parking, so make sure you have small notes/changes.


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We booked Jasmine garden resort via Booking in Khao sok. We wanted to stay in nature but also comfort. At first hand we booked one night cause we wanted to book a trip with one night in the national park. The place Khao sok is a small town with some mini markets, accomodations and thats it, so except some peacefull quiet. Claus (owner of the resort) booked for us the 1day tour in Khao sok national park with the jungle tour and hike in the Nemtaloo cave. Please remind that you don't need to be scared of insects, narrow space in the cave and that we will become wet. Its a lifetime experience Were glad that we don't reserved the 2 day with the night at the jungle hut cause they're really basic and with raining season ahead challenging!

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Filled with adventure & fun in this rainforest. Interesting trekking trail to the mind blowing cave & stunning beauty of Chiew Larn lake! Not for the faint hearted... Beware!

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This, to me, is the most beautiful place I have seen yet in Thailand. Group of friends and I stayed on the bamboo rafts in the middle of the lake, and it is absolutely breath taking. It truly makes not having an air conditioner, fan, wifi, phone signal, or clean toilets worth it. I mean it is the middle of no where, so you shouldn't expect it to be super comfortable. It really felt good to be disconnected from the world and connected with nature for the weekend. I don't think you will see such views and wildlife anywhere else in Thailand. The room itself was comfortable to sleep in. It really did just contain a thin mattress, and was a bit hot to sleep in, but it wasn't too bad. Again, completely worth it to see the beauty of it. The only thing I think should be improved is the toilets. Was kind of impossible to use them sometimes and just felt better to hold everything in.

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