Sorrel floats down the river.
Stay in a tree-house.
Sorrel spends a night in a raft-house.
Khao Sok National Park is home to one of the earth's oldest rainforests and the last bastion of southern Thailand's big game: tigers, clouded leopards, elephants and Malayan sun bears.
Fifteen years ago the park was dammed to generate hydroelectric power for the rapidly developing south. Villages and thousands of animals had to be relocated, but some people decided to stay put and adapt to the new environment. They have made floating houses from bamboo and even grow vegetables and spices on board.
Arts View River Lodge, complete with mountain stream, is at the entrance to the national park. It has no electricity, meals are taken with the locals, and sleeping in the tree-house is just like sleeping in the jungle.
To really experience Khao Sok you need to venture deep into the jungle and spend a night on a raft-house. The bamboo flotilla is completely isolated and very primitive. There are 12 small huts with mattresses on the floor and communal toilet facilities.
From its jade lake to the magnificent limestone mountains and primeval emerald forest, this national park is certainly one of the world's treasures.
CostIntrepid's Small Group Adventures
have a 15-day southern Thailand tour, including return economy airfares, twin share accommodation and most meals, starting at $1795 per person from the east coast, Adelaide and Perth. Qantas
flies daily to Bangkok.
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More informationIntrepid Small Group Adventures
: 1300 360 667 or see your local travel agent
Website: www.intrepidtravel.com.auTourism Authority of Thailand
: (02) 9247 7549
email: Tourism AuthorityQantas
: 13 13 13
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