Rainforest Eco Camp -Khao Sok, Thailand

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Rainforest Eco Camp – Khao Sok, Thailand

I was invited in October 2011 to visit this amazing eco retreat as part of an educational trip to study eco based retreats and resorts; I also visited Elephant Hills as part of this trip. See Elephant Hills post.

The Rainforest Camp, one of the only floating tented camps in the world is surrounded by the jungles and towering Limestone Mountains of Khao Sok National Park. The plants and animals resident in the flooded forest still thrive in the dense jungles and towering mountains that surround the lake. Species include numerous monkeys, elephants, water buffalos, bears and countless plants including the world’s largest flower species the Rafflesia which can measure almost a meter across.

Following on from our stay at the Elephant Hills Camp we arrive at Cheow Larn Lake, a Hydro lake operated by the Thai Government. Here we board a traditional Long Boat which takes us for a pleasurable 1 hour ride to the far reaches of this huge, 185 Square kilometres, and deep, an average of 90 metres, lake.

10 Luxury Safari Tents with en-suite bathrooms provide an intimate base for us to explore southern Thailand’s tropical rainforest. Powered purely by both Solar and Wind energy and using unique waste management systems, Black Water Recycling, our stay at the Rainforest Camp will leave no negative impact on the surrounding forest. Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is designed to be as responsible as possible, allowing you to be at one with nature. This has to be the most unique and responsible way to experience the true beauty of Southern Thailand’s endangered rainforest habitat!

On arrival we were greeted by the local camp manager and our guide who was to be with us for the next couple of days. We dropped our gear and quickly took one of the many kayaks to paddle through klongs and channels in search of monkeys and birds, we were lucky enough to see a flock of the rare Horn Bill birds which are known for inhabiting this area but rarely seen.

Once back to the camp we relax from the front of our tent and watch the sun set over the jungle, followed by a swim in the emerald waters of Cheow Larn Lake. The evening meal is a combination of fish, fresh from the lake, local salads and vegetables and a few refreshing cold beers.

Day two we raise to a stunning sun rise and hearty breakfast, in readiness for a half day trek in a part of the National Park. Here we climb up, very steeply, through the dense jungle on a narrow track, seeking out wild hogs, butterflies, birds and gibbons, and it’s HOT.

Almost at the top of the mountain our guide takes us into a deep, and cool, cave where, from a safe distance we encounter a number of snakes, an amazing experience if somewhat frightful.

Our decent is steep and slippery through the lush jungle but we finally make it to a deep blue lagoon where a Long Boat is awaiting to return us to the camp to collect our gear and have a final refreshing swim.

As we speed across the lake we can see many monkeys and bird life scattered across the high cliffs and low grass banks of the lake. The journey ends with a boat ride back to Cheow Larn Lake port where we head off to Khao Lak with many great learning’s about these fantastic and unique eco retreats.

See Elephant Hills post for more information and follow Flickr link to see photos.

http://www.rainforestcamp.com

http://www.youtube.com/user/ElephantHills

Comments

  1. Sounds amazing!

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