Slow Down and Experience Khao Sok National Park


There is something for everyone at Khao Sok National Park. Unique wildlife, peaceful getaways, awe-inspiring landscapes, and everything from an afternoon hike to an overnight trek in the jungle, in other words, Khao Sok has it all.

In this article, we will look at what makes Khao Sok National Park, what makes it so special, and the range of different experiences travelers can expect.

Go off the Grid To Find Inner Peace

Founded in 1980, Khao Sok National Park is Thailand’s 22nd national park. Located on the mainland in the south of Thailand, it is surrounded by 3 other National parks – Kaeng Krueng, Sri Phang Nga, and Khling Phanom – as well as several wildlife sanctuaries. The communal area is over 3500-kilometer square and is home to rich and diverse fauna and flora.

All that space and all that nature mean that Khao Sok is an ideal place to get away, disconnect, and find inner peace. It’s an excellent option for those trying to escape the madness of Bangkok and Phuket’s crowded beaches.

A few days in Khao Sok National Park is time spent away from all the distractions of the modern world. Whether alone, with a significant other, or with family, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with nature, recharge, and soak up the energy of one of the world’s oldest forests.

A Mecca for Nature Lovers

Khao Sok has always been off the beaten path, and it wasn’t until the 60s that roads were built. Inevitably, this meant that natural resources became easier to tap into – which is exactly what happened: plantations, logging, mining… the area’s nature was under threat.

In the 1970s, Thai students who were part of the communist insurgency found refuge in the jungles of Khao Sok National Park. Their guerilla warfare kept not only the army at bay but also the loggers, miners, and hunters at bay. These students ended up protecting the area and its wildlife and continued to do so until the government stepped in and established the Khao Sok National Park.

Today, Khao Sok National Park is home to the following:

  • over 300 species of birds,
  • close to 50 species of mammals,
  • more than 30 different species of bats,
  • some 200 wild Asian elephants,
  • as well as endangered tigers.

Hundreds of different floral species thrive in the park’s rainforest. However, the rich vegetation and wildlife are still under threat. Developing eco-tourism is one of the key initiatives that contribute to preserving the park’s fauna and flora.

At the heart of Khao Sok National Park is Cheow Larn Lake. Known for its emerald waters and towering limestone karsts, this man-made lake is nothing short of amazing. Home to over 300 different fish species, the lake offers more than just breathtaking views.

Check out our 3D/2N module “Jungle Boutique Camp and Cheow Lan Lake Journey.

A Great Spot for the Family

Khao Sok’s wide range of activities and lodgings makes it an ideal destination for family trips and multigenerational vacations. The park offers a wide range of family-friendly activities:

  • Sightseeing boat cruises on Cheow Larn Lake
  • Canoe safaris down the Sok the River
  • Thai dance performances
  • Cooking demos

And the family members who feel like doing nothing for a day can always sit back and enjoy the view from the terrace of their floating bungalow and do a little bird watching.

Check out our 3D/2N module “Jungle Boutique Camp and Cheow Lan Lake Journey.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

There is something for everyone in Khao Sok National Park, and those seeking rewarding adventures won’t be disappointed. Travelers can embark on an unforgettable hike into the heart of the forest for a two-day overnight adventure.

It’s an opportunity to learn about the rainforest and the ways of the jungle. After a rewarding day of hiking, travelers can look forward to sitting around a campfire and enjoying a jungle dinner cooked from scratch while listening to the symphony of nocturnal animals before settling into a hammock under the trees.

Check out our 4D/3N module, “Khao Sok Nature Adventures.

Where To Stay In Khao Sok National Park

A wide range of accommodations is available in Khao Sok National Park for every type of traveler. Here are 3 of our favorite options for spending a memorable night.

Sleep in the jungle on a hammock.

Spending a night in the jungle is a must for the more adventurous. It makes for a memorable experience and a glimpse into what it takes to survive in the jungle. Guests won’t have access to facilities, just them, their guide, or the jungle. A covered hammock is provided, and food is partially foraged and cooked on the spot around the fire. Check out our 4D/3N module that includes this option.

Stay in scenic accommodations in a natural environment.

Our Jungle Camp and Khao Sok Boutique Camp are two charming options near the park’s headquarters, making them a good base for those exploring the park and lake. It is Ideal for families, nature lovers, and couples alike; these two options are surrounded by beautiful, lush nature, and all the comfort travelers need to rest and relax.

Splurge on the lake

Staying overnight on the lake is a “must”. Nothing beats waking up and catching the sunrise or relaxing with sundowners after a long day filled with adventures. Of all the accommodations, one stands out in particular: 500 Rai. It is the best option on the lake, with amenities you would expect from any hotel.

When to Visit Khao Sok National Park

Conveniently, Khao Sok National Park is a year-round destination. Khao Sok is warm and humid throughout the year, with an average high of 31 °C and a low of 24 °C. The rainy season starts in June and finishes in October. During these months, the weather is cooler but much wetter and more humid.

Due to its location right in the center of the Kra Isthmus, travelers can expect rain to be forecast any time of year. However, for the best possible experience, we recommend visiting between November and May, a period with the driest months of the year.
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How to include Khao Sok in your next itinerary

Khao Sok National Park is a great option for travelers seeking to add something different to a typical holiday in the South of Thailand. Though closer to the west coast than the east, it is still easily accessible from Phuket or Surat Thani. It’s a great option for travelers seeking extra adventures or disconnecting and getting lost in nature for a few days.

There is something for everyone at Khao Sok National Park.

Who is this for:

  • Adventure travelers
  • Nature lovers
  • Families
  • Honeymooners

What is there to do:

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Bird and wildlife spotting
  • Hiking in the forest
  • Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature
  • Experience a night in a floating lodge

Check out some of these activities to add on before or after your stay in Khao Sok National Park:

Khao Sok National Park is another reason to visit and spend time in the South of Thailand. The Kingdom of Smiles never ceases to amaze. Contact our sales team now to craft a unique adventure for your travelers.

Matteo Galeazzi

Easia Active Manager

Matteo not only has extensive academic background in tourism, but has also gained valuable insight while living and working in multiple destinations around the world. His energy and enthusiasm for active as well as sustainable travel are what make him a strong driving force within the Easia Active team.


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