Unfortunately I have to add to the warning on false National Park Trips to Khao Sok – and more sadly how difficult they are to avoid. We read the postings here before our tour and still ended up with exactly a scam tour as prior warnings described.
As we were a group of 8 we booked upfront through a travel agency – Phuket-trips.com aka Andamanda Travel (the operator turned out to be khaosokdiscovery). If you look up their Website(s) you will get a very clear impression that you are up for the “real thing”. We even went as far as writing to them about our concern to get one of the fake tours. They confirmed in writing to us “Our tour is National Park tour and the itinerary is as suggested.” and “National park fees are included” – I won’t bother to write all the broken promises here but just let’s just say the Rainforest Elephant Tracking turned out to be 45 minutes riding in a Palm Tree Plantation. The “river jungle canoe” turned out as 45 minutes on a river along the road with three street bridges crossing, garbage swimming in the river and plantations and living areas along the way
What would be great for future travelers is someone posting great operators for Khao-Sok day trips – we can unfortunately only add this warning on another set of bad ones.
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