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Khao Sok National Park

Coordinates: 8°56′12″N 98°31′49″E / 8.93667°N 98.53028°E / 8.93667; 98.53028
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Khao Sok National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Khao Sok
LocationSurat Thani Province, Thailand
Nearest citySurat Thani
Coordinates8°56′12″N 98°31′49″E / 8.93667°N 98.53028°E / 8.93667; 98.53028
Area739 km2 (285 sq mi)
Established22 December 1980
Visitors419,470 (in 2019)
Governing bodyDepartment of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP)

Khao Sok National Park is a national park located in southern Thailand. It was established in 1980. It covers an area of 739 square kilometers.[1]


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It is located in Surat Thani Province in southern Thailand. It is part of a larger protected area known as the Khlong Saeng-Khao Sok Forest Area.

It was once part of a larger coral reef. Over time, the coral and other debris transformed into limestone. When tectonic plates shifted, limestone was pushed upward to produce tall cliff and mountains.

In 19th century, many people moved to Khao Sok to avoid violence in coastal towns. In 1980, the Thai government declared Khao Sok as an official national park for the preservation of the jungle and wildlife.


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It has ancient rainforests, tall limestone cliffs, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. Cheow Lan Lake is located in the eastern part of the National park.


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It is home to 48 types of mammals, over 300 kinds of birds, more than 30 bat species. It also has reptiles and insects.

Elephants, Barking deer, Gaur, Gibbon and monkeys are among the other animals found in Khao Sok National Park. It also has the Rafflesia, largest flower in the world. It can grow up to 1 meter wide.[2]


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  1. "ข้อมูลพื้นที่อุทยานแห่งชาติ ที่ประกาศในราชกิจจานุบกษา 133 แห่ง" [National Park Area Information published in the 133 Government Gazettes]. Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (in Thai). December 2020. Archived from the original on 3 November 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022, no 22{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  2. Nijhuis, M. (3 July 2016). "It's always a joy to discover a new species. But there is a downside..." The Guardian. Retrieved 13 January 2024.

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