When most people think of Thailand, they think of the stunning sandy beaches and traditional long boats which decorate the shoreline. This popular destination also prompts thoughts of mesmerising temples, unrivalled street food and a hedonistic nightlife.
Yet not enough attention is given to the extensive National Parks across Thailand, all of which are adorned with endless stretches of jungle territory. In fact, nearly a third of Thailand’s land area is forest. That’s a lot of luscious green to go around.
If drunken full moon parties and all day beach lazing isn’t your thing, or if you’re simply seeking a little adventure off the beaten track, then you need to pay a visit to the jungle when in Thailand. Here’s why…
It’s time to channel your inner David Attenborough. There are thousands of animal and plant species residing in the jungles of Thailand. From wild elephants to rare plant species, you’ll get to witness some of the richest wildlife in the world. In fact, National Parks like Khao Sok are said to be more ecologically diverse than the Amazon!
Of course, this prevalence of wildlife does mean that you’ll need to be prepared to share your stay with some jungle creatures. And yes, that includes spiders and snakes (yikes). It’s surprising how quickly you get used to sharing a room with all kinds of insects and lizards. Were I at home in England and a lizard started cruising up my wall, I’d probably lose my mind. In the jungle, it just seems so natural and the best thing to do is name them and welcome them!
The particular wildlife you encounter will vary depending on where you stay. Ours was dominated by monkeys. They are extremely entertaining to watch but beware that they know no bounds. Jungle monkeys are not afraid of humans and will almost certainly snatch food out your hands if you get too close (Oreos being a particular monkey favourite). Once they’ve got food from you, they’ll tell all their friends about it. Cue a human vs monkey stand-off over a packet of Oreos – certainly an experience I won’t forget in a hurry!
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?What to see in Khao SOK national Park!? ? ?This is the most common question! ☝Khao SOK national Park is a huge territory, but most often travelers spend 3-4 days here!? ?1-2 days explore lake Cheow LAN, one day you can devote to trekking through the jungle, for those who like to walk and walk, for example, a simple trekking from the Main entrance to the NP or see a big tree in Klong Panom NP! ☝? And one day to see and visit short, but very interesting places! Ideal for this fit our program Khao SOK Discovery. ?1. Thai temple Wat Tham Pla (fish temple) in the Cave and Canoe on the river in the rainforest jungle (1 hour) ?2. Thai temple with monkeys ?3. View point of Khao Sok National Park ?4. Full elephant experience (bathing with elephants, feeding elephants) ?5. Lunch ?6. The Secret? Waterfall?! (you can swim and jump, make beautiful photos and there are no people there) ?7. Thermal HOT ? springs! ℹThe program begin at 10 am and will end the full program by 20: 00! ℹ?The price of a private tour will depend on what you would like to see. ? Who was on this program with us can share your impressions in the comments!? ??And for more information about the points of this program, look for the #khaosok_our_tours ?? #khaosok #khaosoknationalpark #khaosoklake #cheowlanlake #cheowlan #thailand #explorekhaosok #khaosokjungle #khaosokriverhome?????????????????? #кхаосок #каосок #каосокнациональныйпарк #gototravel #rainforest #rainforestthailand #beautiful #amaizingthailand #travelblogger
Activities for the adventurous
One of the most appealing factors about the jungle is the opportunity for a spot of adventure. With a whole range of activities to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Go kayaking through the breathtaking scenery of the park, and include a stop for afternoon tea that takes authenticity to a new level. Watch your guides chop up some bamboo and use it as a handmade kettle for boiling water. They’ll also craft an adorable bamboo cup and teaspoon to sip your tea from.
Embark on a jungle trek to take in the stunning surroundings on foot, search for cascading waterfalls, or visit an elephant reserve to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Take a bamboo raft to a hidden cave and discover a secret world hidden within the vast limestone cliffs. Witness some impressive stalagmites and stalactites, and look out for a sea of sleeping bats lining the ceiling.
A stay in the jungle means you can live out your childhood fantasy and stay in a giant treehouse. Most accommodation in the jungle will be in the form of a treehouse, as any accommodation on the ground would be all too tempting for welcoming unwanted visitors. I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy waking up next to a python…
One of the best bits about staying amongst the tress (there are lots of best bits) is the sound of the jungle. It’s an unbeatable sound, especially when it rains. I have a very fond memory of sitting on the little covered balcony of our treehouse in the middle of a thunderstorm, feeling utterly enamoured by my surroundings.
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Beaches, Swimming, Snorkelling ✔️ Island Hopping ✔️ Exploring Rain Forests by Trail Hiking ✔️ Safari spotting Critters – Macaques, Gibbons ✔️ . . ..There's just so much more this place got to offer! time for next destination, exploring the concrete jungle and some of Buddhist Temples in North of Thailand ? . . . . . . . . . . . #rain #forest #floating #bunglow #khaosok #khaosoknationalpark #thailand #travel #wanderlust #traveldiaries #peace #serene #landscape #potd #adventure #explore #travel #travelgram #traveller #instagood #exploremore #mylpguide #travelblogger #travelling #beautifuldestinations #instatravel #love #backpacking #solo #thailandkeys
Khao Sok national park
I spent two nights in Khao Sok National Park as part of the Bangkok to Singapore Contiki trip. The first night was an unforgettable treehouse stay and the second was a stay in an awe-inspiring floating raft house. Both were genuinely incredible experiences.
Khao Sok is largely untouched and is hands down the most breathtaking place I have ever seen. When venturing into the depths of the park, be prepared to go completely off grid. It feels as though you’ve found this perfect little oasis, away from the tourist climes and intense hustle and bustle of Thailand’s most popular spots. Take it from me: it’s the best feeling in the world and I’d go back in a heartbeat.