Sok National Park & Lake Khao Sok
in Surat Thani province, Khao Sok National Park,
land area 739 km2, is the largest tropical rain
forest in Southern Thailand. It is one of the
popular natural attractions among Thai and foreign
tourists. Speaking of Khao Sok National Park most
people will think of the verdant rain forest abound
with local and rare species of flora and fauna.
The wild animals found here include Malayan tapir,
Asian elephant, tiger, sambar deer, bear, guar,
banteng, serow, wild boar, pig tailed macaque,
langur, white handed gibbon, mouse deer, etc.
The park is also famous for its Bua Phut (rafflesia
kerrii), a reddish brown flower that grows within
the park area. It is the largest flower found
in Thailand, 70-80 cm in diameter. This parasitic
plant with fiber-like tissue emerges from the
ground like a giant cabbage. It takes about 9
months to grow and its blooming period is only
7 days. The flower blooming season is between
May and December.
shouldn't be missed for a Khao Sok trip is Ratchaprapha
Dam or Chiao Lan Dam or Lake Khao Sok. Completed
in 1987 the dam serves as the hydroelectric power
generator. As a result, it also creates a beautiful
gigantic reservoir with a large number of towering
limestone mountains and small and large islands
which once were limestone peaks. Moss underneath
the deep water enhances the emerald green colour
of water in the lake making it looks more like
sea water. The topography of the lake is similar
to that of Guilin in China, hence the reservoir
is given the name "Guilin of Thailand".
one day Khao Sok package tour can be done to appreciate
the majestic landscape. But most tourists love
to spend a night or two on a raft house floating
on the lake. Popular activities for overnight
tourists are taking long-tail boat trips to watch
the scenery in the early morning and to observe
wild animals at night. Swimming, canoeing and
fishing are equally interesting. For adventure
lovers, you can join a cave expedition. In the
nearby area there are a few caves to explore.
One is Nam Tha Lu Cave and the other is Pakarang
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