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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok is perfectly situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, the most popular destinations in Southern Thailand. It is a fantastic place to go on vacation. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot and canoeing are all possible activities, which will give you the experience of a lifetime.

History

A big portion of luck led to Khao Sok National Park being the wonderful place we can explore today. Had it not been for a deadly epidemic in the 1940s and communist insurgency groups in the 1970s, there might not be much virgin forest left in the area by now. But flora and fauna of Khao Sok were fortunate enough to remain largely untouched, until the region was finally declared a national park in 1980. Since then a lot of people in the area have gone to great lengths to protect and care for the beautiful nature in this part of Southern Thailand.

Facts

Khao Sok National Park is located in Southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province and covers an astounding area of 739 square kilometres!

The park extends into parts of the Khlong Yee and Khlong Pra Sang forests, as well as portions of the Krai Son and the Khao Pung areas in the Ban Ta Khun district and the Khlong Sok and Panom areas in the province of Surat Thani.

Southern Thailand has a number of wonderful national parks and Khao Sok is also bordered by three others: Kaeng Krueng (541 km2) Sri Phang Nga (246 km2) and Khlong Phanom (410 km2). Together with the adjacent wildlife sanctuaries in Khlong Saeng, Khlong Yan and Khlong Naka, the combined area is over 3,500 square kilometres, making it an area more than half the size of Bali!

This sprawling area of natural resource is not just a phenomenal area of climate-supporting rainforest, it’s also incredibly biodiverse, being home to a vast number of plants and animals. It’s of the utmost importance that we protect this area for the sake of both the environment and our future.

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