Khao Sok National Park lake itinerary for hiking, caving, and wildlife tour
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.
Once at the dam, we'll board a long tail boat to transfer to the floating jungle bungalows. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes. The scenery along the way is very dramatic, with towering limestone karst cliffs and thick tropical jungle.
We'll go to the bungalows (owned by the National Park, not Paddle Asia) and check in. Other tour operators use these same bungalows and they can be rather noisy.
Next, we visit the viewpoint. This is a fairly easy hike, but you will be climbing up for about an hour.
Time-permitting, we'll do a cascading waterfall hike. This has some very steep areas.
It looks quite challenging, but the limestone is extremely 'grippy'.
General safety note: the buoyancy in the freshwater reservoir is not very good. You should wear a life jacket when you are swimming at the bungalows. It's not required in the creek pools. However, please let us know if you cannot swim at all.
You’ll travel by longtail to a remote part of the park. You’ll technically be outside of Khao Sok National Park and in an adjacent wildlife sanctuary.
Traveling by longtail, you’ll head up a river as far as you can go before getting off. There is usually quite a bit of wildlife along the way. This area is particularly good for Gaur (wild bovines). They are massive and majestic. Wild pigs, monkeys, and White-handed Gibbons are also common in this area. A variety of exotic birds, including hornbills, are also on tap.
If your focus is hiking, this is a lovely day hike. There are several deep swimming pools along the creek.
If you’re here for our jungle survival or bushcraft course, you’ll build fires, build shelters, and learn about the wide variety of wild edible plants. There are plenty and wild edible plants are our specialty.
Did you know that baby Dusky Langurs (see image) are cinnamon colored while adults are black? It's quite a contrast.
After breakfast, we'll trek to a different remote part of the national park. The creek trail in this area meander through thick old-growth jungle.
It's safe and easy. It's also something you'll remember for a long time.
Creeks are a superb way to travel deep into the jungle. We would be more than happy to take you out of the creek and up into the jungle.
Alternatively, if you are doing a 4 day trip and if it is the dry season we visit the Nam Talu Cave on this day. This cave hike is a three-hour loop. Don't forget to bring a flashlight for the cave.
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.
Normally, we sleep in a bit, then have breakfast. After breakfast, we'll go for a hike in a mountain swamp area. This is a unique environment that includes freshwater mangrove trees at elevation.
You will be walking in water, so be prepared to get wet.
After the wet area, it's up and down rolling hills. There are quite a few very tall trees in this area too.
This is an A to B hike. The longtail that dropped you off at A will pick you up at B. After returning to the bungalows, you'll pack and get ready to travel back to Phuket.
The long tail boat will leave the bungalows at approximately 1:00 - 2:00 PM. This puts you back in Phuket around sunset.
For longer trips, we have alternate hiking routes. 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 interests you. You can also customize your adventure by adding jungle survival skills training or a bushcraft skills training course.
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.
Note: Three-day packages do not usually include the cave hike. However, as our goal is to give every trip participant exactly what they want, we can add this for an additional fee. Flexibility is one of our many strong points.
We also offer longer Khao Sok tours on request. If you're ready for something really special, you can experience Tropical Mountaineering in Khao Sok.
Check out our Khao Sok photo galleries.
Khao Sok National Park is where we offer our jungle survival courses. In addition to learning valuable survival skills, there are a lot of tasty wild edible plants as well as wild fruit in Khao Sok. It's fun and interesting to try them.
This trip includes all transfers from and to anywhere in Phuket (airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the trip, all meals, snacks, water, coffee, tea, and insurance. Alcohol, soft drinks, and fruit juices are not included.
Transfers from/to Surat Thani, Khao Lak or other areas are not included. Khao Lak is not on the way to Khao Sok from Phuket.
We don't own vans, we hire them on a trip-by-trip basis.
Hiking in Khao Sok National Park is one of our easiest trips!
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