Khao Sok National Park Kayaking Tour - Kayaking to view Jungle & Wildlife
Level: very easy (our easiest trip)
Our Khao Sok National Park kayaking tour is aptly labeled a "soft jungle adventure". This easy small group wildlife eco tour is the perfect vacation in Thailand.
The pace is very slow and easy as the main focus of this trip is spotting wildlife. The birding in Khao Sok is superb and the wildlife sightings are astonishing.
Paddle Asia has the most highly certified tour guides in the region (proof). Safety is our top priority and we take it very seriously.
Monkeys, Elephants, Gibbons, and other Wildlife
Long-tailed Macaques (monkeys), Pig-tail Macaques, Dusky Langurs (monkeys), and even White-handed Gibbons (apes) are seen on this kayaking tour. One thing is inevitable, you'll see and hear the monkeys of southern Thailand on your vacation! We've had numerous close-up wild pig sightings. Elephants can still be found in the park. They are a fairly common element of this eco-tour. Even if you don't see an elephant, it's common for us to encounter elephant tracks or hear elephants rustling beyond the underbrush. Other animals that we've see a few times include the very rare Serow (a type of endangered mountain goat), Malayan Sun Bears, Gaur, Tapir, Red Muntjac (deer), Yellow-throated Marten, Binturong, and a couple of species of otter and porcupines.
Click here to see some general wildlife & scenery photos. There are no tigers in Khao Sok National Park and haven't been there for decades. There are other cats, but they are extremely difficult to see.
Bird watching in Khao Sok
Hornbills are actually common on this kayaking adventure tour. We frequently see several species and we have seen eight species so far. We see Great Hornbills, Bushy-crested Hornbills, Wreathed Hornbills, Oriental-pied Hornbills, Southern Pied and Helmeted Hornbills on almost every kayaking trip. The Plain-pouched and White-crowned Hornbills also reside in Khao Sok. If you’ve never seen a hornbill, this eco tour will prove to be very special.
But hornbills aren't the only birds we see on this small group tour. Serious birders can easily add a plethora of tropical birds to their life lists after only a couple of days on their vacation. A large number of kingfishers also reside in the area, along with many other colorful resident birds of Thailand. You never know what you'll see when you paddle into a cove.
But, you don't have to be a seasoned birder to enjoy the pleasures of birding in this tropical wonderland. Dave's, and his guides' enthusiasm, with this small group tour will make your Thailand birding vacation both educational and fun.
Khao Sok is the ideal jungle survival destination. The park offers rugged terrain and a very impressive amount of bio diversity. Khao Sok jungle survival courses are customizable, but normally include sunrise and sunset wildlife-spotting paddles as well as some of the regular treks we take on our standard Khao Sok tours.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to go trekking in the jungle of Khao Sok National Park. There are only two main trails that most tourist visit. We have dozens of trails that we've developed for you. They range in difficulty from flat and easy to rugged, strenuous and a bit tricky.
If you have the time and like hiking, you can sign up for the Phang Nga Province add-on. This is on the way back from Khao Sok to Phuket. The jungle here is very impressive and it will give you a nice taste of the difference between the two destinations. It can be added as a hike or as a jungle survival add-on.
The limestone karst topography in Khao Sok National Park is some of the highest in the world. The tallest is 960 meters high! This dwarfs anything in famous Phang Nga Bay. Read more about the karst topography of Khao Sok.
Click here to see a map of Cheow Lan Reservoir in Khao Sok.
Your vacation headquarters are unique floating bungalows located in the massive 165 square kilometer Khao Sok National Park reservoir. They are made out of low impact material. Bamboo and thatched roofs provide a very simple, environmentally friendly shelter which fits well with the jungle surroundings of southern Thailand.
There is electricity in the bungalows until the late evening when they turn the generator off. There is electricity in the restaurant and toilets during the same timeframe. The shared toilets are clean and adequate.
Amazingly, mosquitoes are rare in the area. No one seems to understand why, but it certainly makes for an easy-going kayak adventure vacation in the middle of one the most expansive jungles in all of Southern Thailand.
The bungalows have fairly firm mattresses and the floating walkways to the bungalows require your attention when walking. These accommodations are not up to normal Paddle Asia standards but is what is provided for us by the National Park and the government under contract. However, the jungle solitude of this eco tour and the joy of a kayaking trip amidst the profusion of birds and wildlife bring us back here time after time. This is Dave's personal favorite destination in all of Southern Thailand.
Click here to read more information on the floating bungalows of Khao Sok National Park. These bungalows are owned and operated by the national park, they are not Paddle Asia's bungalows.
Click here to see a list of common birds found in Khao Sok National Park.
You'll want a closer view of the animals and binoculars are very useful at Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok Photo Galleries, all the animal photos were all taken on Paddle Asia trips by us or our guests. The gallery has general wildlife & scenery, birds, reptiles, and elephants.
If you'd like to read more about Khao Sok, check out our trip reports:
Our tours are all-inclusive
Tour prices includes transfers (airfare not included), all equipment, accommodations once on the trip, all meals, snacks, water, coffee, tea, and insurance. Alcohol, soft drinks, and fruit juices are not included.
Transfers to Surat Thani, Khao Lak and other areas can be arranged at an additional fee.
Certification in Paddlesports and First Aid
Dave is a British Canoe Union Level 2 Coach (trained to Level 3) and is the most experienced paddler in all of Southern Thailand.
Dave is an Emergency First Response Instructor and a certified rescue technician through the Rescue 3 International organization. Dave is also a certified Life Guard through the British Canoe Union. View certifications. Paddle Asia guides are EFR certified (April 2014) in CPR, First Aid, and basic life guard training.
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