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How to do Khao Sok national park independently

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Though options for independent exploration in Khao Sok National Park are limited due to the park’s requirement that travellers be guided on most trails, you do not have to join the flock and book an all-in package tour. There’s plenty to do on your own and you can always take an independent approach by arranging trail guides and boat drivers only when needed.

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The 739 square kilometre park is only independently accessible at two places. The first is the park headquarters area, or the “land section” at the far western end in Khlong Sok village, where buses drop off along Highway 401. The second is the launch point for Chiew Lan Lake, or the “water section” near Ratchaphrapa Dam and the town of Baan Ta Khun at the park’s eastern end. We know of one other way to reach the lake, but you’ll need a guide.

Go for a wander. Photo taken in or around How to do Khao Sok national park independently, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand by David Luekens.

Go for a wander. Photo: David Luekens

In the vicinity of park headquarters it’s possible to hike several km on two main trails unguided, and the park provides basic trail maps at the visitor centre. Those looking to trek further to Than Sawan, Ton Kloi and Sip Et Chan waterfalls can hire a park-provided guide for 600 baht per half day. Most park rangers don’t speak much English and often see themselves as guardians rather than guides, but the price is cheaper than if booking in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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