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Frequently Asked Question About Khao Sok


Khao Sok can be visited all year round but the weather here can be quite unpredictable, especially between June and November when downpours are at their most frequent.

That said, rains usually don't last very long in Thailand so you can always enjoy outdoor activities even if you visit during those months.

For the highest chance of clear days, the months between December to March are highly recommended and it also falls in between the blooming season of Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world, which can often be seen along hiking trails in Khao Sok National Park between February and March so if you want to see these flowers, make sure you align your trip accordingly.

All in all, Khao Sok is an all-year-round travel destination, and no matter when you choose to visit Khao Sok, you are going to have a great time here nonetheless.

  • How many tigers are in Khao Sok?
    An estimated 200-250 tigers remains in the wild, in Khao Sok National Park, the onoly habitat in Thailand that is capable of supporting the tiger.
  • Are there tigers in Khao Sok?
    Khao Sok being a tropical rainforest, there are many wild animals such as “wild elephants, serow, tigers, Malayan sun bears and over 180 bird species to watch
  • Are there snakes in Khao Sok?
    Khao Sok National Park provides a home for numerous species of lizards, snakes, frogs, and toads. Although snakes are often feared and there are more than 170 species of snakes in Thailand, most of them are rather rare and only 48 are venomous.
  • Are there leopards in Khao Sok?
    Leopards can live to around 21 to 23 years in captivity, with estimates of about 7 to 9 years in the wild. They are listed as 'near threatened' on the IUCN Red List; however, in some areas they are endangered or even critically endangered.
  • Are there wild elephants in Khao Sok?
    Khao Sok National Park in Thailand's southern Surat Thani Province is known to have a number of wild elephants. The herds live deep in the park's pristine forest and roam freely in the elephant sanctuary. It's not often that visitors get to see them in their natural habitat
  • Are there crocodiles in Khao Sok National Park?
  • What animals are in Khao Sok National Park?
    Asian Elephant. Barking Deer Banteng Malayan Tapi Malaysian Sun Bear Wild Boar Long-tailed macaque Sunda Slow Loris and more...
  • What is Khao Sok famous for?
    The main attractions of Khao Sok are Cheow Lan Lake, wildlife, iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, raft houses spread over the lake, trails, caves and rivers. Khao Sok was established as Thailand's 22nd national park in 1980 by The Royal Forest Department.
  • Can you visit Khao Sok without a tour?
    Though options for independent exploration in Khao Sok National Park are limited due to the park's requirement that travellers be guided on most trails, you do not have to join the flock and book an all-in package tour.
  • Is Khao Sok National Park worth visiting?
    Is Khao Sok National Park worth a visit? Yes! Khao Sok National Park is one of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand. Because of the 2 day tour where you go deep into the ancient jungle and where you have the opportunity to stay in a unique location, this park is great to visit.
  • How long do you need in Khao Sok?
    How long to spend in Khao Sok National Park. I'd recommend spending 2-3 nights in Khao Sok National Park to really make the most of everything on offer. One night would suffice if you're tight on time – I just wouldn't recommend a day trip, as you won't get the full experience.
  • How do I get from Bangkok to Khao Sok?
    From Bangkok to Khao Sok you can travel by bus, plane+bus, train+bus. Travel distance from Bangkok to Khao Sok National Park is about 750 km by road. You can travel by plane from Bangkok to Surat Thani (about 1.5 hour) and from Surat Thani you can travel by minivan/bus to Khao Sok (about 2.5 hours).
  • When is Monsoon Season?
  • How far is Khao Sok from Krabi?
    Travel distance from Khao Sok National Park to Krabi in Thailand is only about 150 km by road. The fastest and comfortable way is to travel by minivan/minibus to Krabi from Khao Sok
  • How do I get from Koh Samui to Khao Sok?
    There is no direct connection from Ko Samui to Khao Sok National Park. However, you can take the bus and ferry to Surat Thani Train station, take the walk to Surat Thani station, then take the Mini Van to Khao Sok.
  • How to get from Surat Thani to Koh Sok National Park?
    Train: You can take an air-conditioned, 2nd class sleeper train, (approximately 800 Baht one-way) to Surat Thani train station.Then, from the train station in Surat Thani, you can take a bus to Khao Sok. When you have arrived at the train station, exit the front entrance and turn right.
  • How do I get from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan?
    Currently, the only bookable option to get you from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan is to use the bus-ferry option. This service departs once a day, and offers a personal pick up from any hotel. Bot vehicles are air conditioned, but only the ferry may have a bathroom on board.
  • How do I get from Khao Sok to Koh Tao?
    Currently, the only bookable option to get you from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan is to use the bus-ferry option. This service departs once a day, and offers a personal pick up from any hotel. Bot vehicles are air conditioned, but only the ferry may have a bathroom on board.
  • Can you stay in Khao Sok National Park?
    There are a number of different floating hotels and resorts in Khao Sok National Park, but the 500 Rai Floating Resort is the most luxurious option. Staying on Cheow Lan Lake is a wonderful experience, giving you the chance to enjoy beautiful views of the lake and the karst cliffs of the national park.
  • How do I get from Phuket to Khao Sok National Park?
    Follow route 402 across the Sarasin Bridge to Khok Kloy then bear left onto route 4 towards Thai Mueang. At Thung Maphro, turn right onto route 4240, and then left onto 4090. Follow 4090 until you reach route 401, then turn right to Khao Sok.
  • How is the climate of Khao Sok National Park?
    climate Khao Sok National Park area Influenced by monsoon winds on both sides is both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean It starts to rain from the end of April. Until the end of December every year And will fall a lot during May - November. The best time to visit Khao Sok National Park will be during December - April of every year. The average rainfall throughout the year is 1,636 mm. The dry season starts from January - April. The weather is hot. and a slight increase in temperature There is not much rain The average annual temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the hottest month. is April The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. The month with the lowest average temperature is January, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Is it interesting to take a long walk in the forest?
    If you are another person who loves and enjoys long distance hiking. or exploring nature and among beautiful plants, of course, "Khao Sok National Park", Phanom District, Surat Thani Province It should be another destination that you should not miss visiting as well. "Long-distance trekking route km. 99 - Klong Pae" is another trekking route that would like to recommend you to visit once. Especially those who love adventures in Tham Nam Thalu. It is recommended to start at kilometer 99 near the office of Khao Sok National Park. The destination of the trek is at Klong Pae, near the National Park Protection Unit at Kor Sor 4, Pae Ton Toey, to the Ratchaprapha Dam Reservoir. with a distance of approximately 8 kilometers
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    We provide group tour services. With a guide who specializes in trekking for more than 20 years, if you want to spend the night in the forest, set up a tent in the forest. Live in the forest, travel in the forest, sleep in the forest, learn the forest, tour the forest. adventure in the rainforest Contact us now.
  • Preparing equipment for trekking in Khao Sok National Park
    Choose the 6 most important things that trekkers should have as follows. Tent / mosquito net This item is considered one of the most important equipment. after food No one would carry the cradle and the tent. Think about what the sleeping area is like. If you can't think of it, think about if you took the hammock but there were no trees in the sleeping area. And how do we tie the cradle? Tents are suitable if there is enough space considering the material, waterproofness, weight, number of people, how to set up, and also provides more privacy than a hammock. But there is a limitation on storage space. Hammock is suitable for use in limited spaces, lightweight, space-saving. (Some brands are slightly bigger than a curry bag) and need to look at the wind direction. Including the distance between the trees to tie the hammock. Tips!!! Choosing a location to pitch a tent Shouldn't choose a mountain top area or an open area (strong wind, suspicious, tent can fly away), too much water source (wild water), unhealthy trees (broken branches) *** Recommend newbies to start with tents. more than a crib Backpack bag emphasizes that it has to be a backpack bag. Or designed for really carrying only Because if using a bag that is not designed for use, it will cause us injury. If hiking equipment is like a car A tent or hammock is the car itself. Bags are like cushions that will support the body of people who travel comfortably. Not tired while using, according to sex, net back system or sponges are different Shoes (Trekking shoes) Shoes are the bottom of the car. Choosing shoes must be chosen to suit the nature of the route that we will use. Including the climate that we will take to wade through Imagine a sedan going through an off-road road and the car is completely destroyed. Shoes can be divided into major categories as follows: Hiking Shoes &Trekking , Backpacking Shoes , Sandals The Hiking shoes and Trekking shoes look similar. It's a fairly well-supported shoe. Suitable for rugged trekking Backpacking shoes designed for long journeys. and carry a lot of luggage The structure of the shoe is often stiff to prevent injury from walking. water and food Everyone knows that water and food are one of the essential factors in life, but many people often overlook food or energy sources during walking. During trekking, especially when climbing steep slopes, the body continually loses energy. Including having a higher metabolic rate than normal So we feel hungry or thirsty. That's why we need to have food while walking. It is recommended to be foods such as glucose or sucrose that the body can use immediately, whether it is candy, fruit, dried bananas, energy bars. Mineral drinks, etc., on the way to sip water periodically. Do not drink a lot at a time because it can cause cork or vomit
  • Introducing how to prepare for trekking for novice tourists
    Learn about the hiking trails to visit. In Thailand, there are a lot of trekking routes in every region, every area, which will be open for visits at different times. Some routes are worth visiting only in the rainy season. Some routes can be traveled only in winter. must check with the staff in charge before traveling and then study about that route, for example, see how many kilometers of distance Does it take a long time to walk? The path is steep or level. It looks like a meadow, bamboo forest or rainforest. Do you have to cross a creek or stream? Is there a rest stop along the way, is there a shop, etc., because it will affect the preparation. prepare clothes and various belongings Trekking costs Even though it's a walk through the forest where there are hardly any facilities or shops for us to shop at all, it's true. But going on a trekking route like this also costs money. Of course, we have to pay for the site maintenance or park fees first. more or less different Next is the guide fee. If the path is difficult and quite dangerous There will also be porters, tents, and a small amount of food. But overall it's not very high. The more people go, the more they can help each other to divide. Get your body ready Once the booking has been handled, things are done. I have to prepare my body to be ready. See if you have any underlying disease or not. Diseases that are not recommended for trekking are heart disease and vascular disease. High-low blood pressure, asthma-asthma, epilepsy, diseases related to knee joints such as gout, etc. If you find yourself without a dangerous congenital disease This time, I came to prepare my body. It is advisable to exercise before going on a trip. At least you should start working out 2 weeks - 1 month before going, focusing on cardio so that the heart can work efficiently. Practice walking up and down stairs to get used to it. Because some routes will be walking up a steep hill. So that it doesn't cause muscle inflammation. no sickness during travel or after coming back from hiking study the weather Before traveling should check the weather every day. Including checking with local officials about the current weather situation For more accurate preparation, sometimes it's raining, there's a cold wind so I can prepare clothes. luggage and complete rain gear Preparing clothes Long pants and long pants are recommended to prevent scratching from tree branches insect bites and sunlight during the day It should be a fabric that is well ventilated, flexible, not tight and uncomfortable. Because hiking will use energy. which will be sweating all the time If the clothing is well ventilated It will allow us to walk slowly, without frustration. You should bring a hat. If it's a wide wing, it's even better because it helps to protect the sun well. Recommended shoes should be sneakers that are easy to walk on. Supports the weight of the feet and fits the body of our feet. Also check the durability of the shoes. because sometimes the glue is not tight bought it a long time ago deteriorated glue Shoes may be torn in the middle of the road. Socks should be socks that go up to the knees. or anti-snail socks To prevent slugs and insect bites Preparing the luggage The bag should be waterproof or have a Rain Cover, but if you can't beat the price. It is advisable to put things in a plastic bag before packing them into the bag. to prevent belongings and clothes from getting wet in the rain or dew And if it's a long hike that requires staying overnight then had to hire a porter to go up It is advisable to split the bag into 2 bags, the first one is for clothes, tents and other items that will be used during the night. This part is for porters to carry up. The second one will be the bag next to you. There are necessities such as wallet, camera, lunch, drinking water, personal medication, muscle relaxant injection, leeches spray, inhaler, balm, chocolate, tissue, compass, etc. Preparing the overnight equipment If you want to stay overnight at the top of the hill Ask the staff exactly what facilities there are at the top. because some routes are not prepared at all We will have to hire porters to bring them all up. In the event that we have to prepare our own equipment to stay overnight Basic things to prepare such as camping equipment, sleeping bags, clean water, instant curry or canned food, instant noodles/instant coffee, crispy bread, rice cooking/boiling equipment. (Usually, staff will have a field pot with them), plates - bowls - spoons, dry tissues, dish-washing liquid, small pocket knives, etc. Necessary items to carry Trekking is a fairly adventurous tourist activity. Some routes will not have any facilities at all. can't buy anywhere Because in the forest there are no shops. no phone signal So we must be prepared. Personal hiking essentials such as 2-3 sets of clothing, wind/rain jacket (in case of high winds, rain, cold weather), heat/cold packs, medication and household medicines, first aid kit. , inhaler, balm, muscle relaxant spray, mosquito repellent spray/slug/kun, flashlight, lighter, 1-2 black bags, rice box+spoon, chocolate/sweets, dry tissue- Wet, toiletries, at least 2 liters of clean drinking water (divided on the way + cooking), meals for the overnight stay. (If there is no shop/staff is not provided), a small water filter (in case of filling water in the forest), tents, sleeping bags, crutches, compasses, etc.
  • Tips for hiking safely
    When everything is ready arrived on the day of travel before entering a long forest path Most of the time, staff will advise tourists on basic actions while in the forest. It is advisable to pay attention and strictly follow. Because all of them are for our own safety. If it is a long distance or very dangerous, you should prepare your luggage carefully. Put only the essentials in your bag so that it's not heavy or shoulder pain if the weather is quite hot. Before leaving, it is advisable to put red water / sweet water + ice in the cold storage cylinder that has been prepared to slowly sip during the day. Carry 1-2 bars of chocolate in your purse. eat to increase energy Walk slowly, walk slowly, don't rush. Take long inhalations and exhalations, trying to cling to your fellow travelers. Do not walk off the path suggested by the staff. Before sitting on the floor, you should find a black bag to support the bottom or an open floor without overgrown grass. and avoid sitting on logs because sometimes there are small insects that we can't see on the island The bites can cause pain or allergic reactions. However, if you feel that you can't breathe, you can't continue walking. Immediately inform teammates and officials, do not force it because it may be life threatening. Traveling in the mountains is not difficult and impossible. If we prepare our body and prepare ourselves We will be able to conquer another very fun travel experience.
  • How is the topography of Khao Sok National Park?
    Khao Sok National Park The largest natural site in the south of Thailand. The terrain is generally mountainous. and complex high limestone mountains especially the Kao Ka Lo Strait It is a limestone mountain with a sharp peak. There is a line of steep cliffs. Some of them were towers that rose into the air like towers. There are not many plains. There is a very complete rainforest. It is the watershed forest of Klong Sok and Klong Phasaeng flowing together. It is the origin of Khlong Phum Duang. which is one of the important branches of the Tapee River The highest point is about 961 meters above sea level, with an average height of about 200 meters above sea level, and the soil is generally red sandy clay. Some places are laterite soil, but there is a small part.
  • What should I wear to Khao Sok National Park?
    What should I bring when I visit Khao Sok? Bring cool and quick-drying clothing, a bathing suit, hat, good walking shoes that you don't mind getting wet (water shoes are never a bad idea!), a flashlight, sun protection, personal medicines, and toiletries.
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