Khao Sok National Park
The Khao Sok National Park is the biggest area in Southern Thailand of virgin rainforest, thanks to the inadvertent efforts of a group of communist guerrillas. From around 1975 and 1982, some ex-students who wanted to protect such a beautiful place did manage to keep at bay the miners, loggers and hunters. Even the Miltary could not stop the ex-student. A short time after their insurgency fizzled out in 1982, the Thai government passed strict anti-logging laws. Had it not been for the communist students’ seven year occupation, Khao Sok’s forests may well have gone the same way as much of the rest of Thailand’s wilderness – up in smoke. Khao Sok National Park’s 739 square kilometers of virgin rainforest include spectacular waterfalls cascading down vertiginously towering limestone cliffs, complex cave systems and primeval jungle trails.
A lot of the visitors love to explore the National Park on elephant-back, trekking or Canoe trips which acan be organized in the Khao Sok Visitor’s Centre, its a little resort at the entrance of the park. In the year 1983 the Pasend river which is close by was dammed too to generate hydroelectric power, it created the massive and wonderfully atmospheric Cheow Larn Lake which is only 1 hour drive away from the resorts in Khao Sok Visitor’s Centre.
Both the Cheow Larn Lake and the Khao Sok National Park are the southern Thalaind’s best inland soft adventure destination, by a country mile, offering the region’s best trekking, rafting, elephant trekking, tubing, canoeing and camping. Visitors can either explore the nationalpark and lake on day-trips from Khao Lak or from the resorts in the Khao Sok Visitor Centre, or they can stay in or near the lake, either in tents or in the lake’s hugely popular floating bamboo bungalows. Species diversity is high in Khao Sok.
The number of different fauna present in the fossil record increased markedly during the last ice age, when sea levels fell to such an extent that new land bridges formed from the Malaysian mainland to Borneo and to some of the Indonesian islands. This opened up new migration routes to land-based animals.