Thailand's pristine Khao Sok National Park abounds with exciting wildlife encounters: the sights and sounds of macaque monkeys bathing... the melodic chattering calls of vivid technicolor hornbill parrots preening. The pervasive smells of tropical floral blossom bouquets... strange exotic fruits... aromatic trees and roots. A dreamy canoeing paradise, hiking deep into the mysterious misty jungle rainforests of legendary Khao Sok.
Ask your canoeing boatman to linger for a brief respite, by the shaded mangrove riverbanks of these hidden estuaries.
Ask gently, and he'll retrieve the delicate, unfamiliar fruits from the rainforest canopy, and chuckle at your awkward peeling discovery of your sensory ripe delight. Canoeing heaven...
The soaring limestone escarpment karsts, ancient skeletons of long-gone tropical coral reefs, lean precariously at gravity-defying angles not normally witnessed on planet earth. Towering ominously above the welcome refresh of the cool waterfalls, they provide shade and shelter, a sanctuary against the tropical monsoon climate.
The Khao Sok National Parkland nestles commodiously amongst an environmental backdrop of picturesque hazy valleys cultivated by friendly rural farmers, punctuated by the enigmatic Budhist Temples of this sleepy backwater of Southern Thailand. But please! Don't tell ALL your friends!
Elephant Rock n' Roll
Take a leisurely stroll upon the back of a rocking Indian elephant, lurching and rolling like a crazy drunken fairground ride, pluck ripe rambutan as you pass beneath the boughs. But hang on tight as these majestic old gentlemen of the forests negotiate the slippery, rock-strewn streams, hiking impatiently onward towards the refreshing waterfall pool for lunch, urged on impatiently by their mysterious mahouts.
You'll not want to forget a second of this profoundly impressive experience. So bring your diary, and be sure to pack plenty of film for photographs - but don't forget a plastic ziplock bag to keep it dry when the canoeing wet fun starts! You'll not need any bug spray though, for hiking at the altitude of 800 meters (2,500 feet) and fresh marine breezes keep those pesky critters at bay.
Rocky Bath Time
The waterfall grotto suddenly appears as the stream widens into a series of shallow pools in the stream's time-eroded bedrock. A chance to pause and stretch out on the banks. Take the plunge in a light-hearted water frolic and frame photographs of your companions in the dark mineral pools beneath the gentle waterfall showers.
Time to relax and reflect on your days of discovery as we take a leisurely return trip back to Phuket Island on the surprisingly well-maintained highway environment, tirelessly winding our way through the bizarre landscape of Phang Nga Bay, better known for the famous James Bond Island. Back in the cocoon of your hotel room, you'll sleep well on the night of your return, perhaps re-living your day's adventurous exploits of discovery in the enigmatic Khao Sok National Park. Either way, you'll still have the photographs to prove that it wasn't just a dream!
Price per Person: 8,700 Baht = $271 USD approx.
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