Early morning in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

What To Do And Where To Stay At Khao Sok National Park

Hello everyone!

Have you ever thought about going for a Solo Trip to the rainforest? Have you ever heard of the Khao Sok National Park in Thailand?

It’s one of the oldest Rainforests in the world and it’s right in the heart of Thailand. Here you will be totally immersed in nature and will learn about how would you actually survive if you weren’t a city girl (like I am). During a forest tour, the guide told me the forest can feed you (fruits, plants and insects), cure you (through medical herbs) and even provide water (from bamboo trees). What he didn’t say was that it could also kill you and that’s what I was worried about the most!

Despite all this, in this blog post, I will explain why this is something you should try, what to do and where to stay. Ready? Let’s dive in!

Why you need to go to the rainforest on your own

1. When was the last time you’ve been afraid? Would you sleep alone in an open treehouse in the cold hearing the loud rainforest? Most of the animals would wake up at night. The first night I was so scared, that I fell asleep counting my heartbeats. Would I do it again? Definitely! It was the only time in my life when I felt one with nature.

2. Embrace the wildness. In the forest, you can find food, water and medicines. You will be surprised to know how smart plants are. I went on a forest tour where I was encouraged to eat leaves, shake bamboo to hear the fresh water running inside and go for a swim in a pond. Would you see yourself doing the same?

Elephant experience in Khao Sok Park - A Solo Trip to Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
The elephant camp – Khao Sok

3. Experience everything. Cook things you’ve never seen. At the rainforest, you can get cooking classes using local ingredients collected from the forest. Give a spa treatment to an elephant, and try an early yoga class hearing nothing but your heartbeats and the forest inhabitants (some of the loudest would be the monkeys).

How To Get Here

From Ao Nang, it took me 4 hours taxi (car) which I booked through my resort. If you book the accommodation in advance, you can ask to be picked up from wherever you are. However, coming back to Ao Nang later has been a mission! The driver was also picking up other guests on the same journey and it took me 6 hours to go back. If you have a car, this is a really simple route and it’s not much traffic either! The taxi costs about £70 each way.

However, there is a cheaper way. There is one direct minivan a day that leaves at 12 noon from the van station on Soi Roi Thai (15 km from Krabi airport) that goes direct to Khao Sok (4 hours) for around £9.

Where to stay in Khao Sok National Park

I stayed at Our Jungle Camp – Eco Resort. They organised the pickup from Krabi and my entire schedule for my activities. The environment is just like nothing you’ve ever seen, the resort is not only super eco-friendly but also provides old wooden games, cards and books. Hopefully, you won’t use your phone at all.

Conclusion

There is so much more to explore and experience in Khao Sok National Park. There is a variety of accommodation types too. Some of the most impressive are floating bungalows on the lake or spending the night camping in the jungle.

If it’s a long trip from where you are right now and you’re not sure what to bring with you, follow my tips on what to pack for your Solo Holiday.

Are you ready now?

Ciao for now! 😊

Silvia x

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