Thailand (March 2008)

2008 Thailand Trip Staying in a Treehouse in Khao Sok National Park Scuba Diving in Koh Tao Exploring Koh Samui

Khao Sok National Park: Rainforest

I stayed for two days at Our Jungle House just outside Khao Sok National Park, Thailand. The picture below shows my treehouse, which was right next to the river and under a huge limestone cliff.

Our Jungle House

Khao Sok National Park covers an area of 740 square kilometers of ancient rainforest in southern Thailand, about 100km from Surat Thani. The park is home to around 200 species of birds, and 50 species of mammals, including tigers, leopards, elephants, and gibbons. I was only there for two days, so I wasn't able to go far into the jungle, but I still managed to see quite a lot (mainly insects and reptiles). I only walked about 5km along the main forest trail but it was pretty popular with other visitors, often in groups, so it wasn't particularly conducive to wildlife watching. I didn't see any mammals, but I certainly heard the gibbons calling at night! Next time I go there, I'm planning to hire a local naturalist guide and ask him to take me deep into the jungle for a few days. Dealing with the leeches might not be fun, but I'd see a lot more of the birds and mammals I hope.

My treehouse at Our Jungle House
My treehouse at Our Jungle House.
View from my treehouse bedroom
View from my treehouse bedroom. Mosquito net above the bed.
Walking along the path to my treehouse
Walking along the path to my treehouse.
The approach road to Our Jungle House
The approach road to Our Jungle House.
The reception and restaurant at Our Jungle House
The reception and restaurant at Our Jungle House.
Wonderful food at Our Jungle House
Wonderful food at Our Jungle House.
The trail from Our Jungle House to Khao Sok village
The trail from Our Jungle House to Khao Sok village.
Looking back at the huge cliff above my treehouse
Looking back at the huge cliff above my treehouse.
Breadfruit
Breadfruit.
Roadside altar
Roadside altar in Khao Sok village.
Motorbike for rent
Motorbike for rent.
One of the bars in the village
One of the bars in the village.
Entrance to Khao Sok National Park
Entrance to Khao Sok National Park.
Khao Sok visitors' Center
Khao Sok visitors' Center.
Khao Sok trail map
Khao Sok trail map.
View of the river
View of the river in the jungle.
Bridge across the jungle river
Bridge across the jungle river.
Bridge across the jungle river
Bridge across the jungle river.
Big tree
Big tree with buttresses.
The main trail from the park headquarters
The main trail from the park headquarters.
Insects eat a lot
Insects eat a lot!
White-rumped Munia
White-rumped munia.
White-rumped Munia
White-rumped munia.
Asian Drongo Cuckoo
Asian Drongo Cuckoo.
greenbilled malkoha
Greenbilled malkoha glimpsed through the trees.
greenbilled malkoha
Greenbilled malkoha glimpsed through the trees.
Flower
Flower
Common bronzeback
Common bronzeback
Common bronzeback
Common bronzeback
Common bronzeback
Common bronzeback
Tockay
This 25cm-long Tokay (Gekko gecko) was up in the rafters of my treehouse.
Tockay
I took a photo of this Tokay (Gekko gecko) by torchlight in my treehouse.
Gecko
Another species of large gecko in my treehouse.
Mountain horned dragon
Mountain horned dragon (Acanthosaura crucigera).
Mountain horned dragon
Mountain horned dragon (Acanthosaura crucigera).
Mountain horned dragon
Mountain horned dragon (Acanthosaura crucigera).
Forest Crested Lizard
Forest crested lizard (Calotes emma).
Forest Crested Lizard
Forest crested lizard (Calotes emma).
Forest Crested Lizard
Forest crested lizard (Calotes emma).
Gecko in the restaurant
There were geckos hunting for insects at every light in the restaurant.
Gecko in the restaurant
There were geckos hunting for insects at every light in the restaurant.
Varanus bengalensis
Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis) on a rock near the park entrance
Varanus bengalensis
Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis) on a rock near the park entrance
Varanus bengalensis
Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis) on a rock near the park entrance
Varanus salvator
I watched this water monitor (Varanus salvator) catch and eat a frog.
Varanus salvator
I watched this water monitor (Varanus salvator) catch and eat a frog.
Varanus salvator
I watched this water monitor (Varanus salvator) catch and eat a frog.
I put a video on Youtube of this water monitor eating a frog.
Skink
Young Skink
Skink
Skink eating a small worm.
Skink
Skink
Frog
Frog
snail
Beautiful snail outside my treehouse door (on the tree trunk)
snail
Beautiful snail outside my treehouse door (on the tree trunk)
spider
Spider
spider
Spider
spider
Very large spider
millipede
Millipede
ants
Small red ants hauling a dead black ant to their nest.
carpenter bee
Large black carpenter bee
carpenter bee
Large black carpenter bee
dart butterfly
A species of Dart Butterfly (Potanthus sp.)
Junonia iphita
Chocolate Pansy (Junonia iphita)
Junonia atlites
Gray Pansy (Junonia atlites)
Junonia atlites
Gray Pansy (Junonia atlites)
butterfly
Butterfly
Rustic butterfly
Rustic (Cupha erymanthis)
butterfly
Butterfly
Rice Paper Butterfly
Rice Paper Butterfly (Idea lynceus)
Lycaenid butterfly
Lycaenid Butterfly
Cirrochroa orissa
Banded Yeoman (Cirrochroa orissa)
Cirrochroa orissa
Banded Yeoman (Cirrochroa orissa)
butterfly
Yellow butterfly (Eurema sp.)
Click beetle
Click beetle
Chafer
Chafer
Chafer
Chafer
Leaf beetle
Leaf beetle
Weevil
Weevil mimicking a bird dropping
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Tiger beetle
Small leaf beetle
Small leaf beetle
Small leaf beetle
Small leaf beetle
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Bugs covering a plant
Bugs covering a plant
Red bug
Red bug
Fly
Fly
Fly
Fly
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