Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park

Khao Sok National Park is close to the Andaman Sea, and possesses the classic Andaman topography: signature fern-covered limestone cliffs that shoot straight up into the air like crocodile teeth. It's also home to a number of gorgeous waterfalls that gush during the rainy season (May to October). You'll need a guide (per day 1200B) to access them; this can be arranged at the national park headquarters.

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Nearby Khao Sok National Park attractions

1. Tham Si Ru

5.97 MILES

Tham Si Ru features four converging passageways used as a hideout by communist insurgents between 1975 and 1982. It can be accessed on foot from the…

2. Tham Nam Thalu

5.97 MILES

Reached on foot from the southwestern shore of Chiaw Lan Lake, Tham Nam Thalu contains striking limestone formations and subterranean streams. It is only…

3. Chiaw Lan Lake

12.01 MILES

This stunning 165-sq-km lake sits 65km east (an hour’s drive) of Khao Sok National Park Headquarters. It was created in 1982 by an enormous shale-clay dam…

4. Tsunami Memorial Park

18.07 MILES

The wave-shaped Tsunami Memorial Park in Ban Nam Khem, a squid-fishing village 26km north of Hat Khao Lak that was nearly wiped off the map in the 2004…

5. Ton Chongfa Waterfall

24.43 MILES

This tiered waterfall makes for a nice half-day trip away from the beach. You can reach the park entrance by travelling 5.3km from the main road. From the…

6. Boat 813

25.29 MILES

This police boat was hurled into an open field 1km inland from Hat Bang Niang (2.5km north of central Khao Lak) by the powerful 2004 Boxing Day tsunami…

7. Tsunami Museums

25.3 MILES

Tsunami museums have become something of a cottage industry in Khao Lak. Several have popped up in shops located close to Boat 813 – at least four at the…

8. Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Park

27.17 MILES

Immediately south of Hat Khao Lak, this vast 125-sq-km park is a collage of sea cliffs, 1000m-high hills, beaches, estuaries, waterfalls, forested valleys…