Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Khao Sok National Park
Map showing the location of Khao Sok National Park
Map of Thailand
Location Surat Thani Province, Thailand
Nearest city Surat Thani
Coordinates 8°56′12″N 98°31′49″E / 8.93667°N 98.53028°E / 8.93667; 98.53028Coordinates: 8°56′12″N 98°31′49″E / 8.93667°N 98.53028°E / 8.93667; 98.53028
Area 739 km²
Established December 22, 1980
Khao Sok view from a kayak

Khao Sok National Park (Thai: เขาสก) is located in Surat Thani province in Thailand. Its land area is 739 km², and it includes the Chiao Lan reservoir dammed by the Ratchaprapha dam. The park comprises the largest area of virgin forest in Southern Thailand and is a remnant of rainforest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest. The wild mammals include Malayan Tapir, Asian Elephant, Tiger, Sambar Deer, Bear, Guar, Banteng, Serow, Wild Boar, Pig Tailed Macaque, Langur, White handed Gibbon, Squirrel, Muntjak and Mouse Deer.

It is perhaps most famous for the Bua Phut (Rafflesia kerrii) flower which grows within the park. In addition to its flora, Khao Sok is inhabited by a wide variety of animals, including gibbons and barking deer.

The 94 m high Ratchaprapha Dam was built in 1982 at the Khlong Saeng River, a tributary of the Phum Duang River.

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