Photo: Spectacular setting.

Two days in Khao Sok National Park

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One of southern Thailand’s most accessible national parks, Khao Sok national park lends itself to a jungly and scenic stop for a few days if travelling across the isthmus of southern Thailand.

Sprawling across some 646 square kilometres, Khao Sok boasts ancient rainforest, mountains, rivers and a lake to explore and you could easily be in for an adventure-filled weekend of hikes, boat trips, wildlife safaris and kayaking—or, if you’re looking to relax, Khao Sok is a fine spot to do absolutely nothing but swing in a hammock amid tranquil surrounds.

When to go to Khao Sok National Park

Weather wise, you are looking at a bit of a trade-off—go in dry season and the waterfalls won’t be so active, go in the middle of the monsoon and some of the trails will be closed for safety reasons. Khao Sok sees significant rainfall in the height of Thailand’s monsoon season, especially in July, August and September. At this time some of the trails will be closed (or open only is accompanied by a licensed guide), so if you are wanting to do a lot of unaccompanied hiking, this is not a good time to visit Khao Sok National Park.

Less floating in dry season. Photo taken in or around Two days in Khao Sok National Park, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand by Lana Willocks.

Less floating in dry season. Photo: Lana Willocks

In the dry season, especially December through to April, you be able to do more trekking, and between December and March there are treks to go find Rafflesia flowers (the only time of the year they can be seen in bloom. On the downside, some rafting trips may not be offered if the water in the river is too low.

Where to stay in Khao Sok National Park

For the do-nothing option, it’s particularly important to find the right place to stay. For a full Khao Sok-ian experience this means finding a treehouse, preferably one near a river, where you’ll be immersed in a jungle setting without even stepping foot into the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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