Khao Sok Explorer – 3 Days
Our “Khao Sok Explorer” offers the perfect wet, wild and wonderful long-weekend getaway for students, teachers and family groups. This 3-day, 2-night study adventure can begin at Phuket, Krabi or Suratthani airports in southern Thailand, or at Surattthani train station following the overnight (sleeper car) train trip from Bangkok.
This is the quintessential study trip, combining stunning scenery, great wildlife viewing, recreational sports, as well as opportunities to advance science and share in the thrill of a real “Indiana Jones’ adventure.
Khao Sok National Park in the South of Thailand is part of the largest protected region between Bangkok and Singapore; it supports overlapping species from two distinct biological zones. Here students will have a chance to help map keystone species (hornbills, gibbons and giant fruit bats) as part of an on-going base line data project. They will explore two caves, learning about the geology as well as flora and fauna of cave ecosystems. They will trek through a tropical evergreen forest, share in a jungle lunch of forest foods cooked in bamboo over an open fire, and kayak down the lovely Sok River through towering karsts that rivals any landscape in the world for scenic beauty.
Floating raft houses will provide simple but fun accommodation for this most popular of all our ‘Wet, Wild & Wonderful’ weekends.
Adventures include: wildlife viewing by boat in one of the world’s most spectacular karsts landscapes, kayaking the lovely Sok River, a Night Safari by boat under the stars, plunging into a jungle lake from the porch of your private floating raft house, trekking through an unspoiled rainforest, and exploring two dramatic caves – one a real Indiana Jones adventure!
Wildlife opportunities abound as students focus their outdoor studies on cave, river, lake and tropical forest ecosystems. Environmental and community service projects include trail clearing and cleaning, conducting a census of Khao Sok’s keystone species – hornbills, gibbons and giant fruit bats, and visiting a local school to donate environmental education materials that encourage conservation.