Khao Sok Kayaking Itinerary
Our Khao Sok National Park trip is a very soft adventure. This trip is for just about everyone. The bird watching and wildlife-sighting is unbelievable. Gibbons and hornbills are actually common. In fact, Khao Sok is one of the best birding spots in Thailand.
Even if you don't see many animals, this area is the largest area of old-growth jungle in Southern Thailand. Massive trees are everywhere.
Khao Sok Wildlife
You will likely see Long-tailed macaques, Pig-tailed macaques, and Dusky Langurs (monkeys) on this trip. You might see Stump-tailed Macaques. White-handed Gibbons have been seen on every trip in the past! One thing is inevitable, you'll see and/or hear plenty of monkeys! Big mammals, including wild elephants are always a possibility. Elephants are seen several times per year as are Malayan Tapirs and Malayan Sun Bears. Click here to see some mammal images.
Khao Sok birding
Sok is birding heaven. There
are over 980 species of birds in Thailand, a huge number of them can
be seen in Khao Sok National Park.
Our birding guides are very serious birders. Even if you're not
a birder, you'll be impressed with our passion and knowledge.
The food at the floating restaurant is outstanding. The cooks always serve a variety of tasty Thai dishes. Breakfast favorites include fruit pancakes or the traditional Thai breakfast treat, rice porridge. The bungalow staff is very helpful and friendly, ensuring a tranquil and safe environment.Day 1
We pick our
guests up from their hotel in Phuket or from the Phuket International Airport and transfer them to the dam at Khao Sok National Park reservoir.
The drive from Phuket takes about two and a half hours. Surat Thani transfers can be arranged, but are not included in the trip price. It's about an
hour's drive from Surat Thani to the dam. Once at the dam, we'll board
a motorboat to transfer to the bungalows.
The motorboat ride takes about ninety minutes. The scenery along the way
is very dramatic, with towering limestone
karst cliffs and thick tropical jungle. Khao Sok has
the tallest limestone karst formations in all of Thailand.
in the morning, we'll head out to do some birdwatching and wildlife sighting.
Gibbons make their weird and wonderful calls early in the morning. It
is nature's alarm clock.
we'll do an early morning birdwatching and wildlife sighting paddle.
we sleep in a bit, then have breakfast. After breakfast, we'll board the
longtail motorboat (kayaks in tow) and head to the tallest limestone cliffs
in the park. We'll start paddling in the direction of the dam.
The motorboat will leave the bungalows at 3:00 PM to find us. We'll board the boat and head back to the dam.
Alternatively, we'll not visit the cliff area. Instead, we'll paddle to a different part of the park.
You have the option of visiting a wonderful cave. This cave hike is a three-hour loop. You will spend about an hour inside the cave. We won't go in if it's raining outside, but during most of the year it's a safe place to visit. Here is some more info on the Nam Talu Cave. Check out these Nam Talu Cave images.
Alternatively, you can travel to a more remote part of the reservoir called Klong Yee Wildlife Sanctuary. This area tends to have more big mammals. There are also some very nice creeks to explore. You get the feeling of being truly remote in this wonderful area.
Note: This is merely a sample itinerary. More trekking/hiking can be added if that interest you. The cave can be added to a four-day program at no extra charge. There is a lot of flexibility in this trip. Time of year, where wildlife has been seen most recently and other factors influence the day to day planning.
Khao Sok photo galleries
Note: Three-day packages do not usually include the trek. However, as our goal is to give every trip participant exactly what they want, we will trek if asked. Flexibility is one of our many strong points.
We also offer longer Khao Sok trips on request.
If you're ready for something really special, you can experience Tropical Mountaineering on Khao Sok.
No experience is needed for any of our trips. The majority of our guests have never paddled before. No problem, we'll teach you proper paddling technique.
This trip includes all transfers from and to anywhere in Phuket (airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the trip, all meals, all snacks, coffee, tea, and insurance.
Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park is our easiest trip!
All photos © Dave Williams
Moo 3 Thanon Rasdanusorn, Ban Kuku, Phuket 83000
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