Ever since reading international environmentalist Thom Henley’s book about Khao Sok, in which he describes Khao Sok National Park as one rich in biodiversity and a fertile ecosystem even older than the Amazon forest in South America, my heart filled with joy and I wanted to visit Khao Sok National Park myself.
My dream eventually came true when one day I had an opportunity to travel to Khao Sok National Park and camp out at Rajjaprabha Dam. I had a very pleasant time witnessing the richness and wonder of nature in the biggest humid evergreen forest in the South of Thailand.
Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province; it is the major forest in the South that connects Si Phang Nga and Kaeng Krung National Parks, creating a combined forested area of more than 3,200 km2.
Khao Sok National Park has nature trails for visitors to appreciate the fertile forest’s rare flora and fauna. Even within a short distance from the Park office, you can see birds, monkeys, macaques and palm civets on tree tops, all good evidence of a healthy forest. Khao Sok National Park is also the place to see the rare white elephant palm and bua phuud (rafflesia.)
For a refreshing and relaxing holiday, Rajjaprabha Dam provides accommodation in the form of a raft house floating on turquoise water with views of the limestone mountains.
The forests are rich in wildlife and there are many nature trails of short and long distances which you can ramble along, accompanied by a ranger. Along the trails are Nam Talu Cave, with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and a stream flowing through; Si Ru Cave, where you have to trek under the dense forest canopy, pass a waterfall and a stream.
At some point you can hear the sound of a hornbill flapping its wings and see it flying above the top of the trees or hear gibbons calling to each other in the distance; it is truly the melody of the jungle that will imprint on the minds of visitors.
Check all information before starting the journey because Khao Sok National Park has a schedule to close some areas to allow the forest to rehabilitate.
Khao Sok National Park, Tel. 0-7739-5154