Journey Into Thailand's Rainforest

Posted on: 23 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

There's more to Thailand than exotic beaches, so why not journey into Thailand's natural jungle.

Thailand sits in south-east Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

The country borders Myanmar (Burma) to the north-west, Laos to the north-east, Cambodia to the south-east and Malaysia to the south. With great food, a tropical climate, fascinating culture and great beaches, Thailand is a magnet for travellers the world over.

But away from the picture-postcard sights of the golden sand and sparkling sea, Thailand is awash with tropical jungle, waiting to explored.

Jungle Journeys In Khao Sok

Elephants, waterfalls, jungle treks and riverside lodging make Khao Sok cottages a truly memorable holiday experience.

Khao SokKhao Sok National Park covers an area of about 645 square kilometres. It is one of Thailand's best preserved habitats for tropical vegetation and wildlife, with evergreen virgin jungle, waterfalls, sparkling clear rivers and streams, limestone cliffs, and many kinds of protected wildlife including monkeys and wild gaur.

An area of about 20 square kilometres is occupied by a lake, a beautiful large reservoir, studded with jagged limestone cliffs.

The national park is home to thousands of species of birds, animals, insects, reptiles and plant life.

A stay in and around Khao-Sok National Park guarantees sights and sounds which surprise and beguile the mind.

Lose yourself on a nature walk, bathe in the natural swimming pool flanked by waterfalls at both ends, an eleven-tiered waterfall where wild animals are sometimes seen, and a natural rock arch over a stream.

From June through to November you can even float through this majestic landscape on a kayak.

Where To Stay

Khao-Sok Riverside Cottages is adjacent to the park, and has 30 thatched roof cottages each unique in size, shape and design. Some cottages have double beds and others have twin single beds, and all are situated in the national park.

Reviews on Responsible Travel cannot rate this lodge highly.  Everyone praises the cleanliness, the fantastic food and the owners and staff, and some even cancelled their reservations elsewhere to spend longer at this location. 

Prices start from around 900baht per day – which equates to around £20 a night.

How To Get There

Finding cheap flights to Bangkok is generally much easier than it is to almost any other city in Asia because there is so much competition on this route. Together with Singapore and Hong Kong, Bangkok is a popular stopping off point on the "kangaroo route" to Australia, with both British Airways and Qantas offering regular services.

Additional options include national airline Thai Airways and the Taiwanese carrier Eva Air, who operate regular flights from London to Taipei via Bangkok.

There have been various attempts to offer more budget oriented flights to Bangkok, but these have been less successful, partly due to poor management, but also simply because there is already healthy competition between the established network carriers.

Travelling from the UK, only London Heathrow offers direct flights to Bangkok.

Once in Thailand, Khao-Sok National Park is 86 miles from the Thai capital and a taxi journey from Bangkok to Khao-Sok will take just under two hours.

Web Links

Thailand's Tourist Board

Khao-Sok Riverside Cottages

Responsible Travel

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