Attractions in Surat Thani

Khao Sok National Park

Thai: อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาสก
Tourist attractions: Waterfalls, Caves, Nature Trails, Lakes, Famous for: Rafflesia Kerrii Meijer (a genus of parasitic flowering plants)
Established: 1980
Address: Mu 6, Khlong Sok Sub-district, Amphur Phanom, Surat Thani, Thailand 84250
Province: Surat Thani
Region: Southern Thailand

The main attractions in the park include Namtok Mae Yai which can be reached by car and Namtok Sip Ed Chan (eleven-tiered waterfall), situated approximately 4 kilometers from the park office. There are also other magnificent waterfalls and caves, which are mostly accessible by foot. Khao Sok is inhabited by rare wildlife such as wild elephants, leopards, serow, banteng, gaur, dusky langurs, tigers and Malayan sun bears. Bird lovers will be enthralled visiting , as there are over 180 bird species to watch. Rare flora are found along nature trails particularly to the south of the park where local plants such as lianas, bamboo, ferns and giant rattan, of over 10cm. in diameter, can be found.

Rafflesia a genus of parasitic flowering plants in Khao Sok National Park

To top it all, the bua phut is perhaps what visitors to Khao Sok look forward to seeing most. Bua Phut or Rafflesia kerri meyer, a flower which can only be found in Khao Sok, is claimed as the largest flower in the world. When in full bloom, the Bua Phut is approximately 80 centimeters in diameter.

Rafflesia a genus of parasitic flowering plants in Khao Sok National Park

The flower is a natural parasite without roots of its own, but relying on roots of a jungle vine to survive. The best time to see Bua Phut is from October to December, when they are in full bloom. Contact the park’s headquarters for a local guide.

Note that a 5-8 hour walk is required to see such a rare flower. However, there photographs of Bua Phut in the headquarters’ office, with information displayed on the ecological system of the park.

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