- Khao Sok National Park Kayaking tour
Our Khao Sok National Park kayaking trip is aptly labeled a "soft adventure". It's our easiest small group tour and the perfect vacation in Thailand. The pace is very slow and easy as the main focus of this trip is spotting wildlife. The birding in Khao Sok is superb and the wildlife sightings are astonishing. Khao Sok is by far the best eco tour in southern Thailand to view wildlife!
has the most highly certified tour guides in the
Safety is our top priority and we take it very seriously. (Scroll
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Birdwatching in Khao Sok
are actually common on this kayaking adventure tour. We frequently
see several species and we have seen eight species so far. We see
Great Hornbills, Bushy-crested Hornbills,
Wreathed Hornbills, Oriental-pied Hornbills,
Southern Pied and Helmeted Hornbills
on almost every kayaking trip. The
Plain-pouched and White-crowned Hornbills
also reside in Khao Sok. If youve never seen a hornbill, this
eco tour will prove to be very special.
Monkeys, Elephants, Gibbons and other Wildlife
Macaques (monkeys), Pig-tail Macaques, Dusky
Langurs (monkeys), and even White-handed Gibbons
(apes) are seen on this kayaking tour. One thing is inevitable, youll
see and hear the monkeys of southern Thailand on your vacation! Weve
had numerous close-up wild pig sightings. Elephants
can still be found in the park. They are a fairly common element of
this eco-tour. Even if you don't see an elephant, it's common for
us to encounter elephant tracks or hear elephants rustling beyond
the underbrush. Other animals that we've see a few times include the
very rare Serow (a type of endangered mountain goat),
Malayan Sun Bears, Gaur, Tapir,
Red Muntjac (deer), Yellow-throated Marten,
Binturong, a couple of species of otter
and porcupines. Click here to see some mammal
images. There are no tigers in Khao
Sok and haven't been there for decades. There are other cats,
but they are extremely difficult to see.
Khao Sok is the ideal jungle survival destination. The park offers rugged terrain and a very impressive amount of bio diversity. Khao Sok jungle survival courses are customizable, but normally include sunrise and sunset wildlife-spotting paddles as well as some of the regular treks we take on our standard Khao Sok tours.
are plenty of opportunities for you to go trekking in the jungle of
Khao Sok National Park. There are only two main trails that most tourist
visit. We have dozens of trails that we've developed for you. They
range in difficulty from flat and easy to rugged, strenuous and a
The limestone karst topography in Khao Sok National Park is some of the highest in the world. The tallest is 960 meters high! This dwarfs anything in famous Phang Nga Bay. Read more about the karst topography of Khao Sok.
here to see a map
of Cheow Lan Reservoir in
Your vacation headquarters are unique floating bamboo bungalows located in a remote area of the massive 165 square kilometer Khao Sok National Park reservoir. These bungalows are very basic. They are made out of low impact material. Bamboo and thatched roofs provide a very simple, environmentally friendly shelter which fits well with the jungle surroundings of southern Thailand. There is electricity in the bungalows until the late evening when they turn the generator off. There is electricity in the restaurant and toilets during the same timeframe. The shared toilets are clean and adequate.
Amazingly, mosquitoes are rare in the area. No one seems to understand why, but it certainly makes for an easy-going kayak adventure vacation in the middle of one the most expansive jungles in all of Southern Thailand.
The bungalows have fairly firm mattresses and the floating walkways to the bungalows require your attention when walking. These accommodations are not up to normal PaddleAsia standards but is what is provided for us by the National Park and the government under contract. However, the jungle solitude of this eco-tour and the joy of a kayaking trip amidst the profusion of birds and wildlife bring us back here time after time. This is Dave's personal favorite destination in all of Southern Thailand.
Click here to see more pictures of the floating bungalows of Khao Sok National Park. These bungalows are owned and operated by the national park. They are not PaddleAsia's bungalows.
Click here to see a list of common birds found in Khao Sok National Park.
You'll want a closer view of the animals and binoculars are very useful at Khao Sok National Park.
Sok Photo Galleries:
If you'd like to see a photo gallery of Khao Sok, check out this photo gallery. There is a wildlife gallery. We also have a reptile gallery,a bird gallery and a butterly photo gallery. Click here to see some photos of Khao Sok taken by one of our guests.
If you'd like to read more about Khao Sok, check out our trip reports (click on the link):
Click here to go to our main websited dedicated to Khao Sok National Park.
We are part of the natural system. Humans cannot live separate from nature. Take a look at our Systems Theory page to read more.
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.
Our trips are all-inclusive
Our Khao Sok National Park Kayaking Tour is suitable for everyone!