very easy (our easiest guided tour)
Season: all year
a wide variety of exotic birds and other animals is a high priority
for you, our Khoa Sok National Park tour is just the ticket. It
is the ultimate wildlife sanctuary in southern Thailand. Monkeys
are very common, especially Dusky Langurs. These gregarious black
and silver monkeys are famous for their leaping ability. Luckily
for us, they have defined arboreal pathways... just like our ground
trails. This means that you can bet that if you see one make a leap,
there will soon be others using the same branches.
Macaques, Long-tail Macaques
and even Stump-tail Macaques are common in the
you're into photography, this means you'll have a very good
chance to get one of those once-in-a-lifetime wildlife shots!
Gibbons, an endangered species of ape, are common
in the park. Their wacky morning calls will certainly surprise and
have also seen other rare animals such as Malayan Tapirs,
Gaur, Serows (a type of rare mountain goat), Yellow-throated
Martens, Malayan Sun Bears, Asiatic Black Bears,
Muntjac (deer) and Binturongs (a cross
between a bear and a cat). We see wild
elephants rather frequently too.
stay in unique, low impact, floating
bamboo bungalows on the massive 165 square kilometer
reservoir. These accommodations are very basic. The floating walkways
are in constant need of repair. It's a small step up from camping,
but a small price to pay for being in such a lovely remote setting.
Khao Sok Wildlife Experience
species of hornbills
are frequently seen at Khao Sok, including the Great Hornbill.
This ancient bird is so big that its wings make noise when it flies.
You can even hear them when they glide. Their massive yellow bills
and yellow slash in their wings makes them very easy to recognize
in flight. Interestingly, the way you tell the sexes is that the
males have red eyes. Females have white eyes. The male also has
a black area under the cask, the resonating sound chamber resting
on top of the bill. The female’s cask is solid yellow.
sightings besides the Great Hornbill include
Bushy-crested, Oriental-pied, Wreathed
and occasionally the very strange-looking Helmeted Hornbill.
You will hear the bizarre call of the Helmeted Hornbill even if
you don’t see one. Their call is very unusual.It starts with
a series of 'hoot' and finishes with a laughing sound.
there are plenty of big ficus, dipterocarpus, leguminosae,
mimosoidaeae and other emergent trees, as well as a good variety
of epiphytic plant to discover. Even though our primary interest
is ornithology, we have a fairly broad knowledge of the plants of
the Kingdom. Our knowledge of the flora and fauna of the
region is unequaled; your questions about what you're seeing
will be answered accurately.
is no rainforest
in Thailand. This is tropical evergreen forest
to be precise. Prior to the clear-cutting of the indigenous flora
Thailand was covered with rainforest; now it's covered by rubber
and oil plantations. The best of what's left is in Khao Sok National
Nam Thalu Cave
that offers you a chance to see unique cave creatures. This cave
trek takes about three hours to complete. The trail follows a lovely
creek. It eventually reaches a large entrance to the cave system.
The creek flows through the cave and you'll be in shallow water
for a while, then deeper water. Click here to see an image gallery
of the Nam
This is a very
popular trek with day trippers from the river area of Khoa Sok.
We do our best to avoid seeing other tour groups.
place to visit is the viewpoint. This hike is suitable for moderately
fit adventurers. The summit of this viewpoint takes about an hour
to reach. The view of Cheow Lan Reservoir and the thick jungle below
is well-worth the effort to reach the top.
Fishing in Khao Sok
If you like
freshwater fishing, you can add fishing to
your Khao Sok tour. We are avid fly fishermen and we have extra
fly fishing gear, which you are welcomed to use.
here to see a sample
Click here to
see some photos.
Click here to see some wildlife
photos. Click here to see our butterfly
and moth photo gallery.
You can find
answers to many of your possible questions on our FAQ
to our tour
prices page. We offer three-day and four-day
trips, but longer trips are available on request. This trip includes
all transfers from nearest local airport, bus station or train station
(airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the
trip, all meals, all snacks, all non-alcoholic drinks, and insurance.
Plus, you'll get a complimentary PaddleAsia T shirt.
are a MUST at Khao Sok.
You can see the monkeys, gibbons, hornbills and everything else,
but you won't be able to really appreciate them without a closer
look. A cheap pair of binoculars will do. If you don't have any,
you can pick up a cheap pair in Thailand for around $20. Monoculars
are also easily acquired in Thailand.
into the Surat Thani Airport from Bangkok.
It is only 1 hour from Surat Thani to Khao Sok. If you plan on being
in Phuket before your Khao Sok trip, we will pick you up at prearranged
times from either your hotel, Phuket International Airport, or anywhere
in the neighboring vicinity.
Sok is under a three-hour drive from Phuket.
we arrive at the dam, we board a longtail motorboat to get
even more remote. It’s a one hour ride by boat to the floating
You'll travel through one of the most
stunning limestone karst gorges in the world!
out this YouTube video of Khao Sok mammals
and this one of reptiles.