This virgin rainforest dotted by limestone mountain
ranges and rugged high cliffs was established as a
national park in 1980. The poised limestone mountains
resemble to those in Guilin, China resulting in the
local nickname of “Thailand’s Guilin”. Covering an area
of approximately 646 square kilometers, the park extends
beyond Ban Ta Kun, Phanom and Khiri Ratniyom Districts.
The main attractions in the park include Namtok Mae Yai
which can be reached by car and Namtok Sip Ed Chan
(eleven-tiered waterfall), situated approximately 4
kilometers from the park office. There are also other
magnificent waterfalls and caves, which are mostly
accessible by foot.
Khao Sok is
inhabited by rare wildlife such as wild elephants,
leopards, serow, banteng, gaur, dusky langurs, tigers
and Malayan sun bears. Bird lovers will be enthralled
visiting , as there are over 180 bird species to watch.
Rare flora are found along nature trails particularly to
the south of the park where local plants such as lianas,
bamboo, ferns and giant rattan, of over 10cm. in
diameter, can be found. To top it all, the bua phut is
perhaps what visitors to Khao Sok look forward to seeing
most. Bua Phut or Rafflesia kerri meyer, a flower which
can only be found in Khao Sok, is claimed as the largest
flower in the world. When in full bloom, the Bua Phut is
approximately 80 centimeters in diameter. The flower is
a natural parasite without roots of its own, but relying
on roots of a jungle vine to survive. The best time to
see Bua Phut is from October to December, when they are
in full bloom. Contact the park’s headquarters for a
local guide. Note that a 5-8 hour walk is required to
see such a rare flower. However, there photographs of
Bua Phut in the headquarters’ office, with information
displayed on the ecological system of the park.
The park and other entrepreneurs provide bungalows,
camping areas and raft-houses while accommodation owners
normally provide food.
office is located 1.3 kilometers off of the Surat-Takua
Pa Road at kilometer 109 marker. From Surat Thani City,
take Highway No 401 to Takua Pa District (in Pang-nga
province). Total distance is approximately 100
kilometers. The park is at its best from December to
Bang Hua Rat Waterfall - Lum Khlong Sok
Bang Hua Rat Waterfall - Lum Khlong Sok consists of
rapids which drop down looks like stairs, and and is a
popular place for shooting the rapids by boat.
Khang Cow Cave
Thousands of bats live in this large chambered cave. You
can hear them twittering and squeaking and will smell
their distinctive aroma as you explore the cave with its
beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Please do not
shine torches up onto the bats, as this will disturb
them, as will loud noise.
This is the only waterfall that can be reached by car.
It is located next to the Suratthani-Takuapa road (also
known as 113rd km), or 5.5 kilometers away from the
headquarters. The waterfall, although is only one-level
high, measures an approximate 30 meters in height. The
best time to visit this waterfall is during the rainy
It’s located at Ranger Station 4 near by Ratcha Prapa
dam’s reservoir. It can be accessed by boat only. Taking
boat at Ratcha Prapa port, it takes only 15 minutes to
go to the start walking point, then walk further about 2
km long, you will reach the cave eventually. The cave’s
entrance is 30 meters width and inside is wide with a
beautiful scenery stalactites and eroded stones.
Interestingly, there is a stream runs through the cave
along the 500 meters length.
The best part of the cave was navigating through it
while surrounded by large stalagtites and stalagmites.
At some points we were swimming in the river because the
water was over our heads. Other times we had to climb
down rocks and help each other. It was an amazing
adventure (think Indiana Jones), but the greatest part
was seeing the kids working together to help everyone
through. It was awesome!
Rafflesia Kerrii Meijer
Among all flora in the world, Bua Phut or Rafflesia is
the largest bloom. Rafflesia amoldii, found in
lndonesia, is about 100 cm. in diameter. it is one of
nature's wonders when this kind of plants displays its
red blooms isn lush evergreen rainforest. People who
live in the South call this species Bua Tum or Bua Phut.
it is a parasitic plant with fiber-like tissue. it
subsists on roots and trunks of the wild grape family
known as Yan Kai Tom (Tetrastigma sp.) Bua Phut sucks
nutrient and water from its host. We can spot this
mysterious species only when its reproductive period
arrives. Their small buds appear along its host's trunk.
It takes about 9 months for these miniature buds to grow
larger and larger like a giant cabbage. After this, the
flowers only bloom for 7 days. Since the male and female
flowers are separated, the blooming must be
coincidental. This means that there is a relatively
short time for insects to pollinatal. the female flower.
With this natural comstraint, Bua Phut is on the
endangered species list.
This large man-made dam was built to provide
hydro-electricity for Surat Thani and other towns. Over
100 islands dot this massive lake, most of the clustered
in the narrowest part of the lake, an area known as
'Chong Kaeb Khao Ka Loh'. The dam is a 65 Km. drive from
Headquarters. Local people run boat trips and trekking
around the Dam as part of an eco-tourism project.
Approximately 4 kilometers in distance from the Nam Tha
Lu cave, this cave has around 4 entrances that was once
used by commuists residing in the country.
Et Chan Waterfall
Water pours over the 11-stepped staircase of rocks that
makes up this attractive waterfall. The large pool at
the bottom is great for swimming - you will need cooling
down after walking the 4km from the headquarters.
Two majestic cliffs that can be seen facing each other;
it can be located on the deep end of the Sok canal and
serves as the habitat for a variety of fish species.
Tang Nam is just 6 kilometers away from the headquarters
and requires 3.2 kilometer walk and 3.2 kilometer from
the Bang Wing Hin Waterfall.
Tharn Sawan Waterfall
It is one of
the worlds hidden gems which is starting to get a lot
more popular as a great tourist destination. One of the
amazing things in the Khao Sok rainforest is the Pra Kay
Petch Cave which is also known as the Diamond cave, It
was national geographic style in there with
stalagmites/tites, monster spiders, bats, dripping
water, and sparkly things. It might be a good idea to
bring your own torch as it is very dark inside.
is a beautiful waterfall along
a tributary of the Sok River. The forest torest trail
leading here is difficult and requires wading along the
stream bed for the last 1 km. This is slippery and can
be dangerous during rainy season when the warter is at
Wing Hin Waterfall
one-level waterfall on the Sok canal and has a
consistent water stream flowing all year round. It is
located approximately 7 kilometers from the
headquarters, or 1 kilometers away from the Tang Nam.
Waterfall is an
attractive waterfall on Klong Sok River. Huge boulders
litter the stream about 20 m. from the base of the
falls. You can use these boulders as stepping stones to
cross the river. The attractive crossing point is known
locally as 'Bang Wing Hin' or 'Narrow Running Rocks'.
The waterfall is about 2.5 km. from the Headquarter.