Welcome to Khao Sok, sunshine!
Winter is Khao Sok’s driest season. Days are often super sunny, and it is not too hot yet. Conditions are excellent for exploration excursions.
However, wildlife rather hides, and footprints are harder to depict due to the ground being dry, and leaves and branches covering the paths.
Especially around water holes there now is an increased activity. Footprints include elephants, gaurs, boars and deer. A rare encounter includes seeing a roughneck monitor lizard. And the cameras keep filming them all, plus serows and tapirs. Best places to film are a salt lick and a cave entrance. Cats and bears seem to be a little less active during these months. Hibernation in the tropics?
As water gets less, and even the water level of Cheow Larn Lake falls, more and more animals appear on the lake banks to drink, and can often been seen with bare eyes from a canoe.
One very memorable trip included an almost encounter with a wild elephant herd – we had to sprint up a hill and duck for cover, to then see shaking trees and breaking bamboos where we had just been about a minute ago.