Canoe and Thailand Jungle Trek
This new four-hour expedition explores the neighboring and unspoiled Thailand jungle of Klong Phanom National Park. It is also best enjoyed in the morning. It is a moderately challenging hike on a rocky, mountainous trail off the grid. Lek, a local farmer born and raised in Saphan Tao Community, guides me. My adventure begins with a peaceful canoe ride down a serene river used historically as a transport route for locals and their produce. The gentle stream winds past brightly colored birds perched on branches towards the starting point of the morning trek.
The slender trail then leaves the river and slowly winds up through vibrant overarching trees and mighty rock faces. Lek has spent his whole life in this terrain. He keeps his senses attuned for any wildlife or edible plants along the way. We keep a close eye on the land to ensure we’re not caught wrong-footed by the inconspicuous vines and loose rocks. Halfway through our mountainous maneuvering we have a coffee and snack stop at a breathtaking perch overlooking the unspoiled Thailand jungle below.
After completing our hill climb, we enter the vast, 65 million-year-old Tam Gao cave. Previously inhabited by indigenous mountain tribes, the cave still bears evidence of the fascinating ancient rituals they practiced. Avoid stalactites and get a better view of the dramatic limestone formations by wearing a headlamp. We later emerge from the cave and descend through the jungle on a fun and challenging rope-led route. Depending on the time, and your interest, you can end the tour with a visit to Lek’s farm or the nearby temple before heading back to Riverfront Resort!
I really felt that this was one of the most unique things to do in Khao Sok national park.