Humans are to elephants what puppies are to us. Yes, this is a scientifically proven fact. We don’t believe? then you must go Khao Sok National Park Which is the homeland of pachyderms i.e. elephants.
Khao Sok National Park, where nature meets adventure, is a forest reserve in Surat Thani province of Thailand and features dense rainforest, limestone cliffs and a tranquil lake. Spending a day inside the park and enjoying thrilling experiences will make you feel like you are in the lap of nature. And, when you feed and clean those elephants in the park, there is no greater happiness in the world, for both you and them.
Has this not always been the purpose of these nature reserves? Bringing humans and wildlife closer in harmony. The experience at Khao Sok National Park is completely based on harmony and peace, which is why you should visit this place.
Information: Khao Sok National Park
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Place: Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Area: 739 square kilometers
longitude latitude: 8°56′12″N | 98°31′49″E
Geography, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand, consists of dense rainforest with sandstone and mudstone rocks. It is one of the most humid regions of Thailand with monsoons coming from both the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Flora Fauna: There are more than 1,500 species of bamboo and many varieties of Rafflesia, one of the world’s largest flowers. A wide range of wildlife can also be seen inside the park including Malayan tapir, Asian elephant, tiger, sambar deer, bear, gaur, banteng, serow, wild boar, pig-tailed macaque.
Khao Sok National Park Entrance Fee
entry fee for foreign tourist Which covers 24 hours stay inside the park:
Adult: 300 baht (INR 619)
Children: 150 baht (INR 310)
For thai nationalS:
Adult: 40 Baht (INR 84)
Children: 20 baht (INR 42)
Things to do in Khao Sok National Park
1. The elephant is watching
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Play with and feed the majestic elephants in Khao Sok National Park, home to the largest land animal in this part of the world. Clean up, watch them take bath in the park and have the most memorable experience inside the park. Know their daily lives and the secrets of the mahouts. This is one of those experiences that is worth adding to your itinerary.
2. Jungle Trekking
Explore the tropical rainforests of Khao Sok National Park which is full of exciting and adventurous trekking trails. The 3-day Jungle Lake Safari is the most recommended tour that introduces you to the local Thai culture. You can either book a trekking tour with a TAT licensed tour guide accompanying you or you can go trekking with your acquaintances by hiring a local guide from the headquarters.
3. Bamboo Rafting
The serene Sok River which flows silently through the middle of the park is a perfect place to enjoy water activities in the park. It offers excellent opportunities for bamboo rafting and canoeing while you enjoy the surrounding natural beauty. A variety of wildlife thrives along the river banks which are a great gift for wildlife lovers. Keep your eye out for kingfishers, herons, frogs, lizards and even limestone covered rocks.
4. Cooking experience in the jungle
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Even if you’ve never cooked in your own kitchen, cooking in an outdoor setting of lush rainforests and a variety of flora and fauna sounds like a fascinating experience. Join a rural family in their rural home and enjoy unusual but exciting local Thai cuisine tailored to your tastes. It is not only a unique experience but also an opportunity to introduce yourself to an entirely new culture.
Khao Sok National Park Tourism
Khao Sok National Park officials offer a variety of tours to tourists to enhance their experience in the park.
1. 3 Day Jungle Lake Safari
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This 3-day tour in the park is a bouquet of experiences you must have in Khao Sok National Park. Pick up from the airport and head to Elephant Hills Camp where you’ll get the chance to feed and bathe the mighty elephants. Enjoy canoeing and boat safaris on the lake which is an excellent opportunity to view wildlife. This tour will also introduce you to the rural lifestyle of Thailand which is a unique experience in itself.
price: Rs 48,000 per adult, Rs 24,000 per child
2. Khao Sok National Park Floating Bungalows
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Just like we have boat houses in Dal Lake, floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park give you the same experience in the jungle. Enjoy a luxurious and secluded stay on the waters of the tranquil Chao Lan Lake, surrounded by the joys of nature. You can choose from 4 types of raft houses available depending on the facilities and luxury. These raft homes also have in-house restaurants and even offer tours around the lake.
how to reach: Reach Ban Ta Khun in a shared van or taxi and you will be taken to a boat to reach the floating bungalows.
price: The most basic package starts at Rs 5,200 for 2D/1N. As the number of facilities and days increases, the cost increases.
3. Elephant Hills Jungle Safari
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The most enjoyable way to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of this place is to venture into the wild forests of the park. Trek through the rainforest and get to know the exotic species of animals, birds and plants that inhabit the park. Learn to prepare your own food from resources available in the forest. If you want your every time to be an adventure, then you should go on this tour.
Khao Sok National Park Accommodation
There are several resorts along the main road outside the national park where you can choose to spend the night. However, if you want to spend the night inside the park, here are some options:
1. Khao Sok Jungle Tree Resort
The only tree resort inside Khao Sok National Park, these bungalows and cottages are set in a picturesque setting full of views and experiences. You can view the tranquil streams and spectacular limestone cliffs right from your balcony. You can choose from a variety of room types depending on your mood and budget. The resort also offers unique tours inside the national park to enhance the tourist experience.
Khao Sok Riverside Cottage
For a quiet and peaceful stay by the river, stay at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages. You may not get LEDs in your room but you will have the most unique and harmonious experience of living in a forest. The family-run resort is built on a sustainable model and recycles all waste generated on property. They also organize guided tours inside the park which give you a perfect base inside the park.
Khao Sok National Park Map
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How to reach Khao Sok National Park
The nearest airport to Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani. If you reach here in the morning, you will get plenty of time to enjoy the activities inside the park.
Khao Sok National Park from Bangkok
If you are coming from Bangkok, fly into Surat Thani International Airport. There are regular flights every day between Bangkok and Surat Thani and it takes only 1 hour 30 minutes to reach by air. Alternatively, there are buses and trains between the two cities, but air travel is the fastest mode of transport.
Krabi to Khao Sok National Park
Krabi is just 2 hours away from Khao Sok National Park. There are several minibuses that go to the park from Krabi town as well as the airport. Getting to Rach Park from Krabi by bus costs 300 baht to 550 baht. The buses will drop you 2 km before the national park on Highway 401.
You can also take a taxi from Krabi to Khao Sok National Park, which will cost around 2700 baht to 4000 baht. ,
From Phuket to Khao Sok National Park
Phuket is also only 2 hours away from the park and buses and minivans are available for tourists to reach the park from this part of Thailand. You can take any bus between Phuket and Surat Thani and ask to be dropped at the park. By bus it costs about 140 baht.
There is a lot to make a tourist’s holiday in Thailand a wonderful experience. Plan a trip to Thailand and don’t forget to include Khao Sok National Park in your itinerary. This place is a sanctuary not only for elephants but also for your mind.
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