Of all the majestic parks in Thailand, few if any match the grandeur and diversity of Khao Sok. This 739 sq. km landmass is comprised of towering limestone mountains, awe-inspiring lakes, teeming rivers, scenic valleys; oh yeah, and a rainforest that predates the Amazon. Whether you're here to hike, climb, swim or paddle, rest assured you'll be doing it through some of the most incredible scenery in southeast Asia.
Highlights of this national park include Cheow Larn Lake with its trademark "raft houses," considered to be one of the most breathtaking lakes in Thailand. You'll also have access to beautiful caves like Nam Ta-lu and the bat-filled Khang Cow, as well as a variety of waterfalls to repel down during guided hikes through the interior of Khao Sok's almost untouched rainforest. And don't even get us started on the animal- and plant-life diversity, which would honestly require summaries of their own.
With so much to experience, it's best to set aside several days in this isolated wilderness in order to get the most out of a truly incredible adventure in south-central Thailand. Don't worry, the islands and all the other tourists will still be there when you get back.
Location:Surat Thani, Thailand
Note:Khao Sok is not for those with an aversion to leeches. Especially during the rainy season, these blood-suckers are a pest encountered by nearly all of the park's visitors. Overall, however, they're a small price to pay for such an experience.