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Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is an incredibly scenic spot, covering an area of over 120,000 hectares of mostly virgin rain forest. Heralded as one of the oldest evergreen rain forests in the world, this park is also home to gigantic limestone karst mountains, deep valleys, mesmerising lakes, impressive waterfalls and hidden caves.

Wildlife lovers will be sure to get their fix here: the mammals roaming around this terrain range from gibbons, leopards, tigers and sun bears, and there is a whole host of bird life to be seen flitting around high above. We recommend keeping an eye out for the rare Hornbill birds with their wingspan of around 60 inches. The rare Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, which grows to a diameter of around 80 centimetres and blooms once a year in January or February can also be found here.

We recommend exploring this pristine emerald rain forest by foot as well as canoe to gain access to the spectacular lakes and waterfalls. Stay at the magnificent Elephant Hills Tented Camp, deep within the lush rain forest on Cheow Larn Lake, to feel truly immersed in this breath-taking environment while also treating yourself to the luxuries of comfortable tents and a wealth of guided excursions and activities. The highlight here has to be getting the chance to feed and interact with elephants, but we also recommend discovering the beautiful mangrove forests and canoeing down tranquil rivers with the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Rise early to watch an unforgettable sunrise and don’t miss the sunset at the end of the day too, to witness the golden glow reflecting off the mirror-still body of water as far as the eye can see.

This gigantic nature reserve makes for the ideal outdoor adventure playground for solo travellers, couples and families alike: we believe it makes for a great addition to any Thailand itinerary.

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