Witness the Magical Beauty of Khao Sok National Park, Thailand’s Seventh ASEAN Heritage Parks

Home to multiple vulnerable or endangered flora and fauna, Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park has brought the country’s list of ASEAN Heritage Parks to seven.

Witness the Magical Beauty of Khao Sok National Park, Thailand’s Seventh ASEAN Heritage Parks

Home to multiple vulnerable or endangered flora and fauna, Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park has brought the country’s list of ASEAN Heritage Parks to seven.

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Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand has officially become the 50th ASEAN Heritage Park, and seventh in the country, for its unique wildlife and limestone landscape.

It is no secret that Thailand teems with bounteous cultural and historical heritage, in addition to its breadth of natural wonders and culinary excellence. For Eat Vacation, this tropical kingdom is the ultimate holiday hotspot. Among the many tourist destinations are multiple ASEAN Heritage Parks, with its seventh joining the list most recently.

Khao Sok National Park has been named the 50th ASEAN Heritage Park, or 7th in the country. This mountainous reservoir flaunts a uniquely breathtaking landscape of rugged limestone cliffs and a small plain. Eat Vacation is entranced not only by the pure natural beauty of this place, but also its luscious wildlife. The Park’s history dates to 1980, when all 738.74 square kilometres were established as the 22nd national park in Thailand. This region covers both Phanom and Ban Takhun districts in Surat Thani.

Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park has been designated as the 50th ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) bringing the numbers of the ASEAN Heritage Parks in Thailand to seven in total.

Amble through Khao Sok National Park and feel the lush forests and impressive vista ease away any urban stress or work-related pressure. In fact, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) states that various vulnerable and endangered species have made their home in the Park. Stumble across the Mainland Serow or the exotic Malay Tapir.

In terms of its flora inhabitants, one could experience the signature rotten smell of the Rafflesia Kerrii Meijer, the world’s largest flower. Or perhaps the unique and endemic Khaosokia caricoides. The ACB played a crucial role in evaluating the protected regions that have been nominated as an ASEAN Heritage Park, which involve a series of stringent rules and standards. Khao Sok National Park was evaluated back in October 2020.

Khao Sok National Park
Well-known for its unique landscape of limestone cliffs towering up from a reflecting reservoir, Khao Sok National Park features a rugged mountain range with a small plain.Khao Sok National park

ASEAN Heritage Parks are essentially a protected area intended to conserve important ecosystems native to the ASEAN region. They are aimed to increase community awareness, pride, and appreciation of the ASEAN natural heritage. For those wanting to explore other Parks in Thailand, Eat Vacation highly recommends visiting Khao Yai National Park. It is the first and third largest national park in the entire country, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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