Ecotourism is predicted to reach a value of almost $348 billion by 2027, with the current global health crisis only heightening the appeal of exciting outdoor destinations in which to discover amazing landscapes and unique animal life from across the globe.
When it comes to jungle destinations, Thailand (alongside destinations like Costa Rica, Rwanda, Bolivia and other lush destinations) is a firm favorite. It is home to verdant rainforests like Khao Sok National Park, which is one of the oldest in the world. If you do make your way to this natural paradise, make sure you don’t miss out on the following experiences.
Floating along Cheow Lan Lake
One of the most serene ways to view the beauty of Khao Sok is from atop a boat. There are dedicated companies that take you on a full day’s excursion so you can view the beauty of majestic limestone mountains and cliffs that are capped by large sections of tropical rainforest.
Cheow Lan Lake is home to over 100 islands, so you can view a host of fascinating landforms and enjoy a refreshing swim. You can also enjoy activities like trekking through caves, kayaking, and sunbathing.
If you love nothing more than coming across unique wildlife, then there are few destinations quite as ideal as the Khao Sok National Park. Regardless of the resort you are staying at, there is a wide range of organized jungle treks that last between four to eight hours, approximately.
Just a few of the many species you will encounter (remember to take a great camera with you) are hornbill birds, macaques, elephants, porcupines, mouse-deer, and more.
The park is home to approximately 48 mammal species, 311 bird species, over 30 bat species and a host of colorful insects, some of which bear eye-catching iridescent hues.
Enjoying a Soothing Thai Massage
Because your days will be filled with action, take time to relax with a traditional Thai massage. Khao Sok is a leading destination for outdoor spa lovers since it offers discerning travelers the chance to receive soothing facials and body massages, often in the majesty of the Great Outdoors.
Imagine having your body gently stretched, pulled, and rocked while you overlook rolling mountains and vertiginous cliffs from your jungle bungalow. It is easy to feel the flow of chi move through your body as you hear the sounds of nature and breathe in the pure air from one of nature’s most impressive ‘green lungs’.
Take on an Elephant Experience
This is one activity that is particularly popular among families with kids. Ethical elephant experiences are taken on at ground level, so no elephant rides involved. Journey from base camp to a hillside elephant sanctuary, help prepare meals and various educational experiences.
Why not stay at a luxury all inclusive jungle resort to truly embrace the best of Khao Sok? Elephant Hills Tented Camp is one of the best resorts in Thailand, with ethical elephant encounters included as part of your package.
The Khao Sok National Park is one of the oldest surviving rainforests in the world and it is home to an impressive number of animal and plant species. Whether you are traveling alone or with family and friends, there is so much to do. From taking a boat ride right through to swimming, animal watching, or enjoying an elephant encounter experience you can have the time of your life while discovering key information about this unique part of the world.
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