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Khao Sok national park.... yes/no?

  • boleslav

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    Hello,
    We plan to travel to Thailand in November and would like to visit a Khao sok national park.

    We are more independent travelers who prefer to explore hiking trails, kayak, swim, do caving.

    After reading about the park it seems that we can do many of such activities there. Can they be done without use of the guide, as mentioned above, we prefer to be independent and not to rely on services of the guides, unless we do some serious caving (where the guide is necessary for the trail finding).

    Another concern we have is we do not particularly enjoy crowds, how busy can we expect this park to be, can we find some peaceful accommodation there?
    appreciate any help.

    #1 Posted: 30/8/2009 - 03:16

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  • BruceMoon

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    boleslav

    This is a reasonably popular park, and so around the accommodation area, you will encounter people. That said, there are very few national parks in SE Asia in reasonable proximity to travel routes that are devoid of people.

    There are tours that take people along well walked paths. There are areas where the tourists don't appear to go.

    When I was there several years ago, the park staff had a map available of the area. For me, that would have been sufficient to both get away from crowds and experience the area.

    Perhaps you might be best to email the park directly and ask about resources like maps, etc. Go to:

    http://www.khaosok.com/index.htm

    The map on that site shows you the 'space' available for trekking etc.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 30/8/2009 - 06:20

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    No need for a guide in Khao Sok. The trails are quite limited though and if you really want to get into wilderness and have camping gear, Kaeng Krachan (approached from Phetburi) is a better choice.

    #3 Posted: 30/8/2009 - 09:54

  • tezza

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    Yep, I did the trails in the main part of the park unguided. But I did enjoy the guided Lake Trip.

    #4 Posted: 1/9/2009 - 16:35

  • boleslav

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    very helpful, thank you both.

    #5 Posted: 3/9/2009 - 01:05

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