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Enjoying the Rainforest in Khao Sok National Park
Southeast Asia is home to thousands of square miles of rainforests. Though the coastal waters and cities are the centers of culture, commerce, and history, the jungles here play a huge role in the overall scheme of life in this land of peninsulas and islands. For most of history, they have been home to an astonishing array of wildlife, as well as numerous indigenous tribes. They have also served as natural boundaries, playing a role in the development and preservation of several historically significant civilizations.
Today, after years of relentless exploitation and decimation, people are finally catching on to the idea that rainforests are essential to our survival and worth saving. There has been a major push toward ecotourism recently, because it holds the promise of simultaneously saving the rainforests and making them viable sources of revenue. It’s a win-win situation. While other areas of Southeast Asia have been slow to jump on the ecotourism bandwagon, Thailand is much more progressive in this regard.
Khao Sok National Park, on the isthmus between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, is perhaps Thailand’s greatest achievement in ecological preservation. The diversity of flora and fauna here is as impressive as, perhaps moreso than, the Amazonian forests. Scientists have determined that this forest is actually older than the Amazon.
This national treasure is around 800 square kilometers of pristine, untouched rainforest. Together with a few other spots in the area, it represents the final remnant of the once dominant ecosystem of the entire region. Here you will find white handed gibbons, mouse deer, Asian elephants, tigers, barking deer, and even bears. Rafflesia Kerri, a member of the largest terrestrial flower genus, is native to this area, and is a great source of pride for the people who live near the park.
The creatures of the jungle are wonderful things to see, but ecotourism would not be viable for most people without some creature comforts as well. That’s where the numerous lodges and resorts surrounding and studding Khao Sok come in to play. Built in complete harmony with the natural environment, with natural materials and unobtrusive designs, they are the perfect way to “rough it” without getting too rough.
In all honesty, you could spend your entire time in Thailand exploring and just taking in your incredible surroundings at Khao Sok. But there are so many other attractions nearby. Don’t you want to take as much in on your journey as possible? Whatever your intentions are, make sure you contact www.phiphi-ferry.com before you jump into your adventure. We’re the premiere tourism transportation agents for all of Thailand, and will jump through hoops in order to make your stay in Thailand one of optimal bliss and excitement.