Khao Sok Nation Park is one of the most beautiful
national parks in Thailand. Due to its majestic scenery and
biological diversity the park is nicknamed the �Gui � Lin of
Thailand�, which refers to a very beautiful place in China. The
name �Khao Sok� is derived from the word � Ban Sop�, which means
�house of dead bodies�, The Royal Forest Department declared
Khao Sok as the 22nd national park of Thailand on December 22nd,
The park has a total area of 738.74 square kilometers,
which covers parts of the Khlong Yee and Khlong Pra Sang forests
as well as portions of the Krai Son and the Khao Pung
sub-districts in the district of Ban Ta Khun and the Khlong Sok
and Panom sub � districts in the province of Suratthani.
National Park in Southern Thailand is an amazing place. It is
covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, huge
limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air, deep
valleys, breathtaking lakes, exciting caves, wild animals and
Khao Sok is a fantastic place to go on vacation. Elephant
trekking, trekking on foot, canoeing and jeep safaris are all
possible activities, which will give you the experience of a
lifetime. Khao Sok is perfectly situated on the mainland between
Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, the most popular
destinations in southern Thailand.
For bird watcher
craving that special retreat from the world, we off you Khao Sok
National Park. Our birding trips are just the right blend of
paddling and hiking to offer you the most opportunities to add
birds to your life list. PaddleAsia offers several trips which
include birding. Dave Williams, PaddleAsia�s birding specialist,
is a fanatic birder.
The terrain in Khao Sok varies from flatland meadows to towering
limestone karst formations. The shoreline has a lot of bamboo,
offering easy bird watching from the comfort of a kayak.
Different birds are spotted in different parts of the park.
The dense forest is rich in its diversity of trees and other
plants, thus offering a wide variety of habitat for a diverse
range of birds. Hornbills are common. The Great Hornbill is
actually very easy to see, as are Oriental-pied and
Bushy-crested Hornbills. On most trips we see the weird-looking
Helmeted Hornbill. We know where a pair of Wreathed Hornbills go
to roost in the evening. We see them on most trips as well.
Occasionally, we are treated to spotting the White-crowned
Hornbill. The Black Hornbill used to reside in Khao Sok as well.
Maybe we'll see it again.
Besides seeing the colorful kingfishers and many species of
woodpecker, the jungle has less common birds such as the pittas,
paradise-flycatchers, broadbills, trogons and parrots. Barbets
sing constantly, setting the scene for a relaxing and peaceful
journey. Click here to see a Khao Sok birding Checklist.
Khao Sok National Park is a huge area. The entire area of
contiguous jungle is even larger as two wildlife sanctuaries,
Khlong Nakha and Khlong Saeng, share borders with Khao Sok. Sri
Phang Nga National Park is also part of this expanse.
Cheow Lan Reservoir is a superb place to paddle a canoe. It's
sheltered from the weather by the towering cliffs and rugged
mountains. There are hundreds of coves just waiting for you to
explore. We specialize in running easy birding tours and Khao
Sok is our favorite place for easy paddling.
The park has a general topographic composition of Limestone
Mountains and possesses the scattered peaks of Ka Lo Mountain
whose form resembles those of towers. The highest peak to reside
in the park measures at 961 m above sea level. The area in which
the park is located contains highly acidic, sandy soil that is
easily eroded during rainstorms.
The weather is influence by monsoon winds from both the Indian
and Pacific Ocean with rain beginning in late April until late
December. Heaviest rain is during May to November. The best time
to visit the Khao Sok Park is December to April.
Flora and Fauna
Khao Sok National Park is a virgin forest where various types of
plant life can be found. This includes a number of very rare and
sacred tree species such as the Neobalanocarpus heimil. A few
other plants that can be seen in this park include the
following: Genus Hoper, Chisocheton and Anisoptera etc., as well
as small bushes such as the Rafflesia kerrii, palm, rattan,
betel palm, and various types of bamboo.
The park serves as a home for a wide variety of wildlife such as
the gaur, banteng, sambar deer, bear, Malayan tapir, macaque,
gibbon, serow, mouse deer, porcupine, marbled cat, wild boar,
and Asian wild dog. It also acts as the natural habitat for
several for several bird species.