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Two days in Khao Sok National Park

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The easily accessible Khao Sok National Park makes for an ideal dose of jungle trekking and lake cruising when travelling across the isthmus of Southern Thailand. While you could spend months getting to know this beautiful area, most travellers only stop for a couple of days. Use them wisely.





Khao Sok boasts ancient rainforest, mountains, rivers and a magnificent lake to explore, and you could easily be in for an adventure-filled weekend of hikes, boat trips, wildlife safaris and kayaking. If you’re looking to relax, Khao Sok is also a fine spot to do absolutely nothing but swing in a hammock amid tranquil surrounds. You will see monkeys.

Take a wander in the woods. Photo taken in or around Two days in Khao Sok National Park, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

Take a wander in the woods. Photo: David Luekens

Day 1: Rafting and trekking

After checking into your treehouse at Our Jungle Camp or bungalow by Baan Khao Sok, you’ll have time to try a lazy tube or canoe ride down the river. In dry season the gentle flow of the Sok provides a relaxing ride and just about every guesthouse will offer these trips. Steering from the back, the guides only break silence when spotting wildlife in the branches or on the riverbank.

If floating down the river isn’t your thing, how about a walk in the woods? The trail network near park headquarters offers hikes through dense rainforest to a number of waterfalls, swimming holes and points of interest, though you’ll need to hire a park ranger or bring a guide to reach the best of them. Park staff hands out a pamphlet with a basic map and description of the trails when you register and pay the 300-baht entrance fee.

Start walking and the crowds drop off fast. Photo taken in or around Two days in Khao Sok National Park, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

Start walking and the crowds drop off fast. Photo: David Luekens

Most of Khao Sok’s trail network can be accessed only with a guide who can be hired by the day or half day to accompany hikers and give more insight into the park’s flora and fauna. Guides often spot wildlife that the average hiker would miss, and they will know the current conditions of the trails. Unguided hikers can do about five km on trails closest to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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