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22
Nov-2013

Khao Sok, Thailand – Living Life in the Treetops

Imagine waking up in the morning to the sounds of tropical birds calling in the treetops and the scent of lush flowers. You get out of your bed and look out the window of your treehouse, enjoying the view from 15 metres up in the jungle canopy! You’ve spent the night in a treehouse in Khao Sok National Park, a unique and beautiful natural attraction in Thailand.

Khao Sok National Park is located in Southern Thailand and it is the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. This verdant paradise is home to dramatic limestone mountains, cool and clear lakes, deep caves, colourful birds, vibrant flowers and much more. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and vast areas of unspoiled wilderness.

Sleeping in the Treetops

Staying a night in a treehouse is a must while you are in Khao Sok – it is a travel experience that you will never forget! If you had a treehouse when you were a little kid, it will certainly bring back a lot of good memories for you!

There are many different options for treehouse accommodation in Khao Sok. The typical treehouse is small and basic and is located between 5-15 metres off the ground, usually with a ladder to get up to it. Some resorts have more luxurious tree houses than others, but this of course depends on your budget.

khao-sokHow to Get There

Khao Sok is located on mainland Thailand, between Krabi, Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Samui. You can get there via plane from Bangkok by flying to Surathani, Krabi or Phuket. From those airports, you can take a bus to the National Park. Also, you can take a second class air conditioned sleeper train from Bangkok to Khao Sok which takes approximately 11 hours (overnight).

What to Do in Khao Sok

There are a number of activities in this region, including tours that will take you tubing down the river, kayaking, caving and zipline riding in the forest canopy. There is also the option to go elephant trekking or take a jeep safari.

Also, starting from the Visitor’s Centre you can choose one of the many trails and hike to natural attractions in the area. The Wing Hin Waterfall is a short 2.8 km walk and the Wang Yao Pool is only 3km away.

Staying in Khao Sok is a wonderful opportunity to get up close with nature and spend your time enjoying the peace and quiet. You can swim in the cool waterfalls and pools, listen to the sounds of the birds and watch the monkeys play in the treetops.

Safety Warnings

While Khao Sok is a beautiful place, there are some dangers to keep in mind. If you are considering staying on a raft on the lake, make sure that you check the weather forecast. This type of accommodation will be far from comfortable if it starts to thunder and rain. Also, avoid staying in a treehouse during the rainy season – as the heavy rain and winds can make this forest canopy accommodation very dangerous. It is also important to remember that elephants and monkeys and other jungle animals are wild animals, so although they might seem cute – be careful around them and listen to your guide.

Have you ever stayed in beautiful Khao Sok, Thailand? Share your stories in the comments below.

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