Whether on land or water, the Khao Lak area offers a lot of attractions. Experience dreamlike hours on a day cruise to paradise beaches, explore the mysterious jungles of the region or discover the magnificent temples. Here you will find everything that makes your holiday an extraordinary experience.
The Khao Sok National Park was launched on 22 December 1980, initially with a size of 645 km ². In the same year, the borders were moved to flood after the construction of the Ratchaprapha dam (locally also called Chiao Lan dam) part of the park. The resulting Lake Chiao Lan is 162 km ², about twice as large as the Chiemsee. He is part of the park today. The Khlong Saeng Game Reserve joins the park to the north.
In 2001 the national park was extended to 739 km². It offers an information center that presents in Thai and English with many, partly faded photos an overview of the flora, fauna and geology of the National Park. This national park lies at altitudes of 300 to 600 meters and the highest elevation is Khao Mok with 960 meters.
While the northern part of Thailand has a monsoon forest with pronounced periods of drought, there is an evergreen rainforest to the south, which has a good chance of survival due to declining deforestation. It impresses with a good secondary forest with approaches to the primary forest, in which tree species of the family of the Flügelnut family (Dipterocarpaceae) prevail, the so-called Dipterocarpus forest. Plant species include the up to 80 cm large Rafflesia kerrii Meijer, which was discovered only in the late 1990s in the local rainforest, to emphasize.
Striking are already in front of the park, the diverse colorful dragonflies and colorful butterflies, ranging from miniature specimens to magnificent dovetails, which already reach the size of a small bat. In addition, in addition to the attractions of the black and white hornbill, species from the genera kingfisher, macaque, tiger, leopard and wild boar and the endangered Malayan bear (Helarctos malayanus).
Although the main trail has been severed, some specimens of migratory wild Asian elephants and broken signs make it difficult to find attractions such as waterfalls and lookout points.
- Numerous waterfalls, such as the Bang Hua Raet waterfall (Thai: น้ำตก บาง หัว แรด) or the Bang Liab Nam waterfall (Thai: น้ำตก บาง เลียบ น้ำ), as well as some stalactite caves can be visited.
- Lum Khlong Sok Rapids (ล่องแก่ง น้ำตก บาง แ ดรด - ลำคลอง ศก) - Near the Bang Hua Raet Waterfall there are rapids that can be accessed by inflatable boats.
- Khang Khao Cave (Thai: ถ้ำ ค้างคาว) - Thousands of bats live here. Also on display are numerous stalagmites and stalactites.
- Nam Talu Cave (Thai: ถ้ำ น้ำ ทะลุ) - The cave is located near the Rachabrapha Dam and can only be reached by boat. A 500 meter long river leads past bizarre rock formations and stalactites.