For those who dream of venturing into the wilderness of the jungle and experiencing an entirely different side to Thailand, this trip to the southern National Park of Khao Sok is well worth considering. Spend four days in the incredible Thai jungle, soaking up local knowledge from experienced guides and jaw-dropping views from a tree-top stay in your very own luxury tree house. The rainforest is one of the oldest in the world and the Park has made it a top priority to promote eco-tourism in the area, giving visitors an insight into the conservation projects and amazing fauna and flora on offer.
The Park gives you the option of either staying in a fantastic tree house high up in the branches of the rainforest or a modest raft house situated right on the Chiew Larn Lake. The tree houses offer a luxury way to experience the wonders of the jungle - with air conditioning, beautiful open roof bathrooms and the tree trunks themselves protruding into the rooms to give each a unique touch.
This luxury way of living in the jungle may not seem like the most eco-friendly way to enjoy a holiday but the company assures its guests that the tree houses have been built so as not to do any damage to the trees. Electricity is also provided to the rooms only when you're in your room, allowing the camp to massively reduce its carbon footprint.
But for those who want to experience the jungle proper, there is no better way to do it than by staying in the raft houses. Though there are cold water showers provided, head straight for the warm waters of the lake to wash off the day's grime and just drift away. Extremely limited electricity is provided but most of the time you'll have to survive without. During the day, it's easy to forget you ever needed it, but a torch will become your best friend once the sun has gone down.
The range of activities on offer doesn't fail to impress either, with canoeing, hiking and boat trips past waterfalls and through untouched rainforest. The guides are all locally employed in keeping with the camp's 'give back to the community' ethos - and who better to guide you through the undergrowth than those who grew up in the area and have a wealth of knowledge on everything from the wide range of bird species (300 to be exact) to the best places to find the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia.
Whichever accommodation you choose or activities you partake in, this is a unique adventure that is sure to return you home full of stories and facts from the Thai jungle.
Tel: +66(0) 86 479 3852
Address : 123 Moo. 6
Surat Thani 84250
Prices: full range of prices available from the Tree Tops website for both tree houses, raft houses and toursBrecon Beacons, Wales Harriniva, Finland