If I could describe Khao Sok National Park in one word, I would choose otherworldly. Located in southern Thailand, I actually didn’t know this part of the world existed until I started researching things to do near Khao Lak Beach, where I was staying. If anything I stumbled on this by pure chance. So here are 5 surprising reasons why you need to visit Khao Sok National Park in Thailand. Khao Lak National Park Thailand Bamboo Rafting

REASON ONE Khao Sok is the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Surrounded by impressive limestone mountains, when the sun hits the side of the mountains no memory captured or photo taken will ever be the same.

REASON TWO The best way to experience Khao Sok National Park is by bamboo rafting down Cheow Larn Lake. My advice – don’t do a day tour. I did this and as I only had a couple of days at Khao Lak, I found it a waste of my time. The tour took my group to a few different places but nothing worth mentioning, sorry! So I highly recommend organising a one hour bamboo rafting trip through your hotel or hire a local to take you down the river.

REASON THREE Khao Sok National Park is perfectly located on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, so organising a trip from these destinations will be easy. If you want to spend a couple of days exploring the National Park there are plenty of camping options, which would be incredible!

REASON FOUR Exploring the National Park on your own. A tour is restricting and usually your driver isn’t allowed to stop when you want them to so you can take photos. This kills me about tours. I highly recommend hiring a car or motorcycle and enjoy the deep valleys, lakes and caves at your own pace.

REASON FIVE You can go jungle trekking. Enough said.

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If you’re looking for accommodation I stayed at Centara Seaview Resort in Khao Lak. The hotel can easily organise a visit to Khao Sok National Park for you – and remember, just go bamboo rafting!

TRAVEL NOTES What: Centara Seaview Resort Where: 18/1 Moo 7 Nang Thong Beach, Khao Lak 82190, Thailand Phone: +66 (0) 7642 9800 Email: csk@chr.co.th Website: www.centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/csk