Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park - Adventure tours for all ages and all abilities!
Adventure travel is one of the fastest growing areas of the travel industry. It appeals to discriminating people who want to do something different, something involving more participation and activity. Nature tours in Khao Sok National Park are our speciality. Our goal is to show you the wonders of the natural world without impacting the eco-systems we visit.
We only offer small group tours. Most of our trips are two to four guests. Our maximum is eight.
We use traditional touring canoes which are suitable for both beginners and experienced paddlers for our nature tours. All of our leaders take beginners through the principles of proper technique. Guests then apply these techniques for paddling in beautiful, safe vacation destinations.
Our favorite jungle canoeing destination is Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok is a short drive from Phuket. Khao Sok is part of a protected area of 4,400 square kilometers of mountains and jungle, with a 165 square kilometer reservoir.
Being part of the largest area of old growth jungle in Southern Thailand, Khao Sok hosts many large mammals including wild elephants, Gaur, Tapir, deer, cats, wild pigs, and more. Also common in the park are White-handed Gibbons.
Contrary to popular belief, Khao Sok is not a true rainforest, but a tropical evergreen forest or tropical monsoonal forest. White-handed GibbonThere is a definite dry season and more importantly, the entire mass of jungle is surrounded by non-indigeonous deciduous forests. It is certainly an impressive remnant of the former rain forest that covered Thailand before the arrival of rubber plantations and oil palm plantations.
Staying in remote floating bungalows in Khao Sok National park, we paddle out to quiet coves and witness the movement of birds and wildlife in their natural environment. You create a bond with nature when you sit still. You absorb the rhythm of life itself. The floating bungalows are owned and operated by the national park system.
We prefer human-powered kayaks to lessen our impact on the environment and to get closer to nature. We have minimal impact on the areas we visit. We find paddling our own craft to be the most practical balance between exposing our guests to a new environment and not interfering with existing ecosystems.
You can participate in a Jungle Survival Course in Khao Sok. Budget-minded Survival Training is available in Phang Nga Province. To round out your survival skills, you can take a Coastal Survival Course in Phang Nga Bay. We offer a Introduction to Wilderness Survival Day Tour on Phuket for those who do not have the time or perhaps the budget to go to Khao Sok.
We also offer hiking to special locations. Overall, however, our ability to see birds and wildlife is much greater when we are paddling our mobile viewing platforms (a.k.a. canoes). Kayaking is a much more productive way tosee wildlife than walking through the tropical jungle.
Photography - Wildlife & Scenery
If you are into wildlife or scenery photography, Khao Sok is going to make you very happy. With each hour of the day, the changing light brings forth opportunities for amazing photos. Be it on foot or on the water, the variety and abundance of wildlife also presents incredible wildlife photography opportunities. Here is some more info on Khao Sok's hornbills. Here are some general images from Khao Sok. We have a lot of really nice wildlife images on our Paddle Asia Pinterest site.
We believe that the enjoyment level of any outdoor experience is directly related to the size of the group.
Guest comment - Deb Cliburn:
"It was incredible. Our first trip out on Saturday evening we saw 2 elephants and another two showed up and got in the water for a swim. We had to back up the kayak. It was incredible. Anyway, on the different trips over the 4 days, we also saw a barking deer, (and heard it bark.) We saw at least 3 different hornbills including a group of 5 or so great hornbills.. We saw sun bears 3 times and I have great video of those. And we saw dusky Langurs, macaques and gibbons. We saw a pair of woodpeckers. I forget their exact names but they are beautiful. The male has a red crest and is black and white and the female is more yellow colored. And if I remember right there is a great whatever woodpecker and a common whatever woodpecker and we saw the common ones. We saw osprey, gray-headed fish eagles, asian fairy bluebirds and an owl. And yesterday we saw, although not very clearly, a wild boar. At the bathhouse I saw a 4 foot monitor lizard and I am unsure who jumped further."
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We see wild elephants on many of our trips. Here is a photo of two elephants, an adult and a youngster playing in the water. They didn't seem to mind that we were watching them. We kept our distance, because we didn't want to disturb their playtime. It was a show that we will never forget.
Click here to see a video of elephants playing in Khao Sok National Park.
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Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. View certifications. All of our professional guides are certified in CPR and First Aid.
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