Thailand is one of those amazing destinations that everyone should have on their travel bucket list, shooting to spend just as much time as humanly possible (and as earned vacation time will allow) in this amazing Southeast Asian paradise.
Everything about Thailand screams South Pacific culture, giving you an opportunity to kick back and relax on some of the most incredible beaches found anywhere on the planet but also allowing you to dive deep into amazing historical sites, developed urban areas, and some of the best outdoor adventures you’ll find anywhere on the planet.
Of course, some of the destinations you absolutely MUST visit in Thailand are going to be a little bit off the beaten path – and that’s definitely the case with Khao Sok National Park.
Spanning more than 739 km and with a 165 km² lake flowing through the middle of it, this amazing stretch of untouched rain forest is the largest in all of southern Thailand and many scientists believe it’s more ancient and with a greater amount of animal and plant diversity than the Amazon rain forest (which may be, admittedly, little bit more famous).
To give you a little bit of inspiration to visit the Khao Sok National Park, we put together this quick list of reasons why you’ll want to plan your trip ASAP!
The retro bus ride into the Khao Sok National Park is something you won’t ever forget
All of the travel buses that bring tourists into the Khao Sok National Park area are going to be the retro Mercedes and Volkswagen caravan/school buses that have been converted to tour buses and shuttles – loaded with bench seats which make the ride more than a little bit of an adventure itself.
The right is one you’ll never forget as you wind your way through urban areas and out into the park itself, and by the time you jump off you’ll be ready for more adventure, that’s for sure.
Accommodations in Khao Sok National Park are amazing
Like a lot of the national parks in the United States, the Khao Sok National Park offers plenty of lodging inside the park – and this is some of the best lodging you’ll find anywhere in all of Thailand!
Private bungalows are located throughout the park, giving you a lot of privacy, a lot of space, but also an opportunity to enjoy traditional Thailand architecture in a way that you might not have been able to otherwise. Almost all of these rooms have incredible views (360° views for the most part), and you feel like you are a big part of the rain forest when you book your visit here.
The food served in Khao Sok National Park is as authentic as it gets
All of the food available in the Khao Sok National Park area is 100% sourced locally, prepared by local culinary professionals, and about as traditional as you are going to find in Thailand today.
If you love the food in the places that you visit while you are traveling as much as anything else, you’ll be swept up in the amazing culinary delights prepared by chefs in the Khao Sok National Park restaurants and eateries. All accommodations have kitchens on site, a large variety of Thai dishes to pick and choose from, and you even have the opportunity to order meals ahead of time and have them brought to you throughout the day during your entire visit!
You’ll get to see wild monkeys!
The Khao Sok National Park is home to wild monkeys that you’ll find swinging through your path, following you around all over the park, and playing their own little games in their natural habitat. This is a unique opportunity to watch these monkeys in their own little worlds, and because people have been coming to Khao Sok National Park for so long they’ve pretty much gotten used to people.
It is important that you do not feed the monkeys forget to close to them. They can get a little bit aggressive, and then when they start to work in packs things can get out of hand really quickly. Some of these monkeys may carry rabies as well, so might be a good idea to get a rabies vaccine before you adventure into the Khao Sok National Park just to make sure you don’t have anything to worry about.