Photos from Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

Photos from Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

One of the biggest illusions about travel — especially family travel — is that it’s romantic. It’s often ugly. It can be frustrating and taxing and exhausting. It is far easier to stay home. Still, the traveler ventures out because the traveler knows there’s something else out there that the soul requires.

And occasionally, after long plane rides and transfers and consoling a crying baby and coaxing your kids to eat new and “strange” foods, you find what your soul was looking for.

And in the morning you open your door and you see this…

Khao Sak National Park, Thailand. Photo by Clark Vandeventer. All Rights Reserved.

Khao Sok National Park in Thailand is one of the oldest rainforest in the world. It’s older than the Amazon. It’s loaded with steep limestone mountains, deep caves and crystal clear, fresh blue water. It is also home to many wild animals including elephants, snakes, monkeys, and more species of birds than you can imagine.

We arrived at Khao Sok from Khanom, Thailand, a town a few hours away by car on the coast of Thailand. Our guide for our two days was Chanakorn Thaicharearn, who goes by Toon. We spent two days canoeing down rivers, riding elephants, hiking and exploring caves, and sleeping in the floating houses. It was one of those experiences we will never forget.  My wife Monica has already written a narrative about our time at Khao Sok, but I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our two days in this magical place. Our time in Khao Sok was an experience of a lifetime.


Long tail boat Khao Sak National Park Thailand. Photo by Clark Vandeventer. All Rights Reserved.









Toon helping with Abby as we ate. Photo Credit: Toon







As I have been looking at the photos from our time in Khao Sok I have been thinking about how extraordinarily blessed I am. And I say that not in the cheesy, “Oh, well, God sure has blessed me…” kind of way. But I’ve been overwhelmed looking at these photos. Going through them, a few weeks after the experience, I am totally overwhelmed. I can’t believe what we experienced. I can’t believe we were fortunate to see and do all of this…











This is why we venture out at all. The long flights around the world and the buses and the ferries and the taxis…. it’s all dues we pay for experiences like the one we had at Khao Sok.


Check out our Thailand Trip 2014 Tag Page for more on our 3 months in Thailand.


Hi, I’m Clark.  My wife Monica and I write and publish this blog.  I’m excited you’ve stuck with us long enough to make it all the way to the bottom of this post.  I need you to know something…

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We view life as a great adventure — that’s why we never really got too down even when we were moving into her parents garage.  On this blog you’ll read about many of our traveling adventures as well as how to live a life of your own design.  Right now, we’re enjoying life in Santa Barbara and getting ready to spend 3 months in Thailand. You can like us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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