Khao Sok National Park
A huge forest area of 739 sq km, which houses thousands of rare species of tropical plants, insects, birds and animals.
One of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, covered with spectacular limestone cliffs rising straight up into the air, !overlooking deep, lush green valleys, a breathtaking lake, and exciting caves: Khao Sok is a fantastic place that has a lot to offer.
Mighty trees with huge buttress roots, meters-long rattan, hundreds of species of wild fruits, millions of fragrant flowers in all colors and shapes, carnivorous plants and strange mushrooms, small and large streams with a variety of fish, beautiful waterfalls with clear water and mysterious caves dominate the landscape here.
A main feature of the National Park flora is the Rafflesia kerrii, the world‘s largest flower, which was only discovered in the late . 1990s in the local rainforest. It can grow up to 1 meter in diamter!.
Also remarkable are the many colorful dragonflies and butterflies, ranging from mini exemplars to magnificent dovetails, some of which are the size of a small bat. Colorful beetles, cicadas, mantids, termites, wild bees and many species of ants there are here in abundance.
On night safaris, one can observe tree frogs, lizards, bats, slow loris, flying foxes, pythons and civets. With a little bit of luck you can also discover a variety of birds and animals in the jungle: hornbills, kingfishers and colibri-like sunbirds; flying squirrels, elephants, macaques, gibbons, langurs, porcupines, pangolins, tapirs, wild boars, tigers, leopards and sun bears populate the park territory.
Even mouse deers, the smallest deer in the world, and gaurs, the largest Asian Wild Buffalo, are at home here. With approximately 1,000 species of trees, 130 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 90 species of reptiles and more than 10,000 insects, Khao Sok is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world! Discover the diversity of the National Park Khao Sok on a guided hike and enjoy the unique tropical paradise of the 160-million year old rainforest!
The Khao Sok National Park is located in the province of Surat Thani in southern Thailand, 72 km north-east of Khao Lak.
Established: on 22 December, 1980
Area: 739 km2
Estimated age of the local jungle: 160 million years
Area of Cheow Lan Lake: 165 km2
Highest Point: 961 m
Rainy season: May to November
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