Northern Thailand Adventure with Beach
An outgoing adventure holiday that includes trekking through hill tribes, a visit to an elephant sanctuary and tropical beaches.
Located just a two hour drive inland from Phuket, Khao Sok is a spectacular natural paradise and adventure playground.
This breathtaking region spans an area of 739 square kilometres and is filled with glimmering lakes dotted with huge limestone peaks soaring into the air.
The whole area is blanketed in pristine jungle thought to be around 160 million years old, making it one the oldest rainforests in the world.
Khao Sok was declared a national park in 1980 and since then many conservationists have been working to preserve the incredible flora and fauna of the region.
The star of Khao Sok's striking landscape is Cheow Larn Lake, a mesmerising expanse of emerald fresh water, covering an area of 165 square kilometres. The lake is strewn with over one hundred limestone karsts, remnants of ancient mountains.
On the lake you can go kayaking, canoeing, bamboo rafting and tubing. Drift down Sok River to spot wildlife along the banks and observe the daily rural life as locals go fishing, wash their laundry and collect water from the river.
The wildlife in Khao Sok is incredible, with elephants, tigers, leopards, sun bears, gibbon monkeys, tapirs, bats, and monitor lizards all lurking beneath the rainforest canopy.
There are also number of rare species such as the mouse deer, the world's smallest hooved animal, and the giant Rafflesia, the world's largest flower. It's a haven for bird watchers with over 300 species. You can go on a jungle safari during the day or night for a thrilling chance to spot these amazing creatures.
This enchanting destination offers the chance to stay in a jungle tree-house or a floating bungalow. You'll be immersed in the rainforest, waking up to the sounds of trilling birds and perhaps even spotting monkeys from your balcony. Khao Sok National Park is a beautifully unspoiled destination, perfect for a tranquil escape into nature.
Khao Sok is one of the rainiest destinations in Thailand, receiving 3,500 mm of rain per year. The heaviest rains fall between May and November and the wettest months are May to July and October to November. The wet season is a fantastic time for bird watching.
The dry season runs from December to April and this is the best and busiest time to visit. The dry months bring sunshine and blue skies with warm day time temperatures averaging 30 degrees celsius. However, you should always be prepared for some rain which usually comes in the form of a short, refreshing downpour lasting an hour or two. The hottest months are March and April with temperatures averaging 34 degrees celsius. For the best chance of spotting the giant Rafflesia flower in bloom, visit between January and March, although the flower blooms for only five days and is difficult to predict.
Khao Sok is a fantastic highlight on most of our luxury holidays in Thailand. The Thailand Explorer and Northern Thailand Adventure with Beach feature a jam-packed day where you can choose from River Sok canoe tours, full day rafting, trek and cave adventures, river tubing and elephant treks. For a longer stay, the Thailand Highlights Holiday and the Thailand Family Adventure feature an overnight stay in a jungle tree-house. We can customise any of our luxury Thailand itineraries to include more time in this beautiful destination.
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