Khao Sok National Park General Information
Khao Sok Nation Park is one of the most
beautiful national parks in Thailand. Due to its majestic
scenery and biological diversity the park is nicknamed the
‘Gui – Lin of Thailand’, which refers to a very beautiful
place in China. The name ‘Khao Sok’ is derived from the
word ‘ Ban Sop”, which means ‘house of dead bodies’, The
Royal Forest Department declared Khao Sok as the 22nd national
park of Thailand on December 22nd, 1980. The park has a
total area of 738.74 square kilometres, which covers parts
of the Khlong Yee and Khlong Pra Sang forests as well as
portions of the Krai Son and the Khao Pung sub-districts
in the district of Ban Ta Khun and the Khlong Sok and Panom
sub – districts in the province of Suratthani.
General Information Topography
The park has a general topographic composition of Limestone
Mountains and possesses the scattered peaks of Ka Lo
Mountain whose form resembles those of towers. The highest
peak to reside in the park measures at 961 m above sea
level. The area in which the park is located contains
highly acidic, sandy soil that is easily eroded during
General Information Climate
The weather is influence by monsoon winds
from both the Indian and Pacific Ocean with rain beginning
in late April until late December. Heaviest rain is during
May to November. The best time to visit the Khao Sok Park
is December to April.
General Information Flora and Fauna
Khao Sok National Park is a virgin forest
where various types of plant life can be found. This includes
a number of very rare and sacred tree species such as the
Neobalanocarpus heimil. A few other plants that can be seen
in this park include the following: Genus Hoper, Chisocheton
and Anisoptera etc., as well as small bushes such as the
Rafflesia kerrii, palm, rattan, betel palm, and various
types of bamboo.
The park serves as a home for a
wide variety of wildlife such as the gaur, banteng, sambar
deer, bear, Malayan tapir, macaque, gibbon, serow, mouse
deer, porcupine, marbled cat, wild boar, and Asian wild
dog. It also acts as the natural habitat for several for
several bird species.
Bang Hua Rat Waterfall
Bang Hua Rat Waterfall - Lum Khlong Sok is a big rapids
water which drops down looks like flight of stairs,
and is a famous place for shooting the rapids by boat.
Beware of flash floods during Monsoon season. People
have been caught and died this year already.
careful when caving.