Khao Sok National Park is located in Southern Thailand’s Surat Thani province covering an area of 739 square kilometers. The Royal Forest Department established this in 1980 as Thailand’s 22nd National Park. This national park is home to the largest virgin rainforest found in Thailand which is one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
This region has the highest level of rainfall in Thailand which is 3,500 mm per year because it is influenced by both the Northeast and Southwest monsoons.
Quick Facts: –
- There are many bird species found in Khao Sok National Park including the rufous-collared kingfisher, blue-banded kingfisher, white-crowned hornbill etc.
- This national park is also home to mountains, evergreen rainforest, valleys, lakes, caves, and rivers.
- There is a 400 meter long cave named as Cave Underwater in this national park.
- Elephants found in this region include the Asian elephant, Malayan tapirs, marbled cats, wild boars, clouded leopard.
- The flora and fauna of this region include more than 1,500 species of Bamboo and a number of varieties of Rafflesia which is one of the largest flowers in the world.
- The area has warm temperatures throughout the whole year but March and April are the hottest months.
- The rainy season in this region starts in the month of May and ends in November.
- The average maximum temperature ranges from 29 to 33 degrees and average minimum temperature ranges from 20 to 23 degrees.
- Khao Sok National Park consists of 40 percent foothill rainforest and 27 percent rainforest plains.