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Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Parks
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Khao Lak National Park & Khao Sok National Park

Introduction

Khao Lak National Park headquarters is located 50 meters off Route 4 on the Laem Hin Chang headland, just south of Khao Lak Town (Nang Tong). The Park is officially called Khao Lak Lamru National Park. It was a terrestrial park until 1995 when a portion of the coast was added to the park.

There are thus 2 distinct areas in the park - the coastal region with its cliffs, beaches, granite formations and marine resources; and, the the hilly landscape of the tropical evergreen forest inland.

More about Khao Lak Lamru National Park

A visit to Khao Lak Lamru National Park is a must for anyone visiting the area. It is possible to visit for the day or to stay over night. Activities in the park include hiking, visiting waterfalls, viewing wild life and relaxing on beaches in the park area.

The forest of the park has a 3 level canopy with a few larger trees protruding. There is a great bio-diversity in the area considering the size of ther park (125 sq km). The forest is dominated by climbers such as rattan and has many types of epiphytes such as orchids and ferns.

Animals

For those keen on spotting animals the park holds flying lemur, langurs, macaques, black drongos, porcupine, Asian bearcat, tapir, barbets, giant squirrel and bats.

Reptiles and Amphibians

Reptiles can be seen such as Bengal Monitor, iridescent earth snake, 2 types of pit viper, reticulated python. Amphibians include Asian giant toad, southern big headed frog and Heymon's froglet.

Birds

Birders and twitchers can expect to see the following speices of bird: crested serpent eagle, white bellied sea eagle, emerald dove, scarlet minivet, bushy crest and oriental pied hornbill and the homrai.

Butterflies

Such butterflies as Troides aeacus thomsoni, Troides amphrysus ruficollis, and Stichophthalma godfreyi can be seen in the rain forest part of the park.

Marine Life

For those who like snorkeling the coastal waters of Khao Lak Lamru National Park holds such marine life as sea cucumber, sea slugs, moray eel, lizard fish, giant murex, tiger cowrie and feather star.

Waterfalls

There aare a number of waterfalls to visit in the park: Chong Fa has a 10 meter drop; Nam Tok Lamru is the most popular waterfall has 5 levels and lots of birds to see nearby; Ton Pling (close to marker 55 on Route 4); and Hin Lad near Khao Lak town.

Facilities at the Park

Khao Lak Lamru National Park has public toilets, a few restaurants, a parking area and 4 bungalows available for rent. These must be booked in advance (Tel: (02) 5780529, 5794842, 5795269). Camping is allowed within the park, but their is no designated campsite.

Khao Lak Lamru National Park
waterfall   butterfly  
Visit waterfalls   Spot wildlife
beach   scarlet minivet
Snorkeling   Birdwatching  
       

Resources for Khao Lak National Park


Khao Sok National Park

If Route 4 is taken north until Takuapa (35 km) and then Route 401 is taken east (50 km) it is possible to drive to Khao Sok National Park. There are buses between Khao Lak and Khao Sok National Park.

Khao Sok National Park is one of the most impressive nature reserves in Thailand. It is a rainforest area with limestone cliffs, waterfalls, streams and an inland lake with many islands. The imposing karst mountain scenery has lead to many people calling Khao Sok the Guilin of Thailand.

There are 48 mammal speices in the park including tigers, leopard, Malaysian sun bear, tapir, serow, elephant, langurs, macaques, gibbons and wild pig. There are also nearly 40 species of bat and 180 bird species including woodpeckers, bat hawks and kingfishers.

One of the highlights of Khao Sok National Park is the world's largest flower- the wild lotus that has 10cm diameter stems and weighs up to 7kg.

Activities in Khao Sok National Park

There is plenty to do in Khao Sok National Park. You can enjoy:

  • Elephant trekking
  • 8 different waterfalls to visit
  • View caves including Tham Khang Khao, a bat cave
  • Night safari
  • boat tours of the lake
  • Visit Pantoorat Mountain
  • Jungle tours
  • Rafting trips

Facilities at Khao Sok National Park

Near the Park Headquarters there are bungalows for rent as well as camping facilites. There are also private businesses in the park operating bungalows. Some of these bungalows are on stilts in water and also in trees.

There is a visitor center with maps of walking trails. Park rangers also organize jungle tours and rafting trips. Guides can be hired at the HQ to lead groups to waterfalls and caves. Around the lake (about 60 km east of the park HQ) there are raft houses to stay on. At the lake there are operators offering various tours.

In Khao Lak you can easily find travel agents that will put together a package for you. Itineries for 1 to 4 days are the norm.

Khao Sok National Park
Cave in Khao Sok   elephant trekking  
Cave exploration   Elephant trekking
karsts   river accommodation
Karst Scenery   River accommodation  
     

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