Beautiful yet massive, Khao Sok National Park is a noteworthy attraction located in the southern part of Thailand. The national park is surrounded by the world’s oldest evergreen rainforest and a massive background in its mountain setting. Sandwiched between Thailand’s favorite tourist destinations including Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koj Samui, vacationing in Khao Sok allows you to explore other places with ease. This area prides itself on its spectacular scenery, beautiful year-round weather, unspoilt nature and lush rainforests where hundreds of animal species dwells.
One of the most popular things to do in Khao Sok is to explore its glittering waterside, Cheow Lan. Even though the emerald lake is only a few decades old, the National Park itself is older than the world-acclaimed Amazon rainforest. The national park is believed to be around 160 million years old.
Leave nothing to chance as Khao Sok awaits you with experiences and activities hard to come by anywhere in the country. From its stunning lake to the lush rainforest which houses all kinds of animal creatures, no other destination can be as gratifying as Khao Sok.
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Cheow Lan Lake
This lake needs no further introduction. A trip to the stunning lake will leave you with experiences that will remain etched in your mind till eternity. One unique feature of the Cheow Lan Lake is its impressive landscape. This is one of the most mesmerizing spots in Thailand. Enjoying your time at the lake is all about getting there on time. Leave for the lake as early as possible. On getting to the lake, jump on a boat and enjoy the sail along the cool calm waters. The cruise takes you to a pre-booked accommodation where you’ll have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the waters. After lunch, the sail begins again. This cruise is your best chance to see some of the wildlife that calls this place home. Keep in mind that there are a whole lot of things to do here like hiking and exploring hidden gems like the Diamond cave.
Sonchana Elephant Sanctuary
This is a must-do activity for visitors in Khao Sok. The sanctuary will require a full day if you truly want to experience it all. The major attraction is Somboon – a 56-year-old working elephant. The elephant is experiencing the best of his time with a local family in their garden. The massive forests in the Khao Sok National Park make the elephant feel at home. Visitors are allowed to prepare his meal, bath and scrub him. There are just a few places on earth that brings you closer to this giant mammal and Sonchana Elephant Sanctuary is just one of them.
Hiking the rain forest of the Khao Sok National Park is an experience in itself. With a local guide and a park ranger, you get a chance to explore the depth of the dense jungle of the national park. You will have the opportunity to see its spectacular flora and fauna as well as magnificent waterfalls along the trail.
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500 Rai is a top-notch accommodation that takes priority in creating a healthy, greener environment. This luxurious floating bungalow features 18 cabins with all the facilities that will make you feel comfortable. Sstaying in 500 Rai is worth every penny. The wooded cabins offer stunning views of the lake and its surroundings.
For those looking for a holiday experience like no other, Elephant Hills has got you covered. A tent camp that takes you through an adventure around the park. A jungle safari will take you through the lengths and breadths of Southern Thailand’s natural beauty.
Khao Sok Riverfront
Strategically located on the Sok River, this resort is an ideal place to experience serenity at its finest. Each accommodation is spacious and comfortable. Its location at the entrance of the national park makes it’s a top spot to stay. From here, you can opt for tours and trekking adventures.