The verdant Khao Sok National Park is over 120,000 hectares of green and untouched rainforest. Experts say it’s over 160 million years old, making it one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Limestone crags loom over the trails where animals hide and beautiful flowers bloom. Lots of different species of wildlife live among the trees of Khao Sok National Park. During the rainy season you might spot bears, boars, deer, marbled cats, wild elephants.
There are more than 300 species of birds in Khao Sok, and even more flowers. One of the rarest flowers on the planet grows here; the Rafflesia kerrii. It doesn’t grow anywhere else in Thailand. It’s one of the largest flowers in the world (about 80cm wide) and blooms once a year. However, we promise that you’ll smell it before you see it – it has a very distinctive smell.
If you come during the monsoon season you’ll have to watch out for leeches, but the waterfalls will be out in full force. Make sure you see Bang Hua Rat and Ton Kloi waterfalls.
Trekking around this rainforest is a breathtaking experience in more ways than one. You can explore it on your own, but if you go with a guide you’re much more likely to see some of the elusive wildlife. You can even go on a night safari, a lucky few have seen everything from civet mice to clouded leopards on these tours.
Plan your trip to Khao Sok today.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
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