Predator ridge dating
Amidst the cliffs and islands, the twin peaks of Khao Serow dominate the skyline at nearly 1,000 meters in height.The lake is surrounded by the virgin rainforest of Khao Sok National Park – giving you direct views into the canopy where you can see rare animals with greater ease than anywhere else in Thailand.
Khao Sok National Park has been eons in the making, and its mist-cloaked forests contain plants and animals both rare and beautiful, such as the wild elephant, the great hornbill, and the massive rafflesia flower.There is also biological evidence, for example, the bamboo species Gigantochloa balui is normally only found in cultivated areas of Borneo – never truly wild, yet this species has been discovered growing wild on the Thai peninsula.It is highly unlikely this species moved between these countries without being carried by human beings.Had it not been for this seven year occupation, Khao Sok’s forests may well have gone the same way as much of the rest of Thailand’s wilderness – up in smoke. Also during this period there was considerable interest from the government and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), since research had shown Khao Sok to be the largest watershed in southern Thailand.EGAT established the Rajaprabha Dam – creating a 165 square kilometre lake inside the National Park – to guarantee a source of electricity to the south, which by now had become a major holiday destination.About an hour’s drive away from National Park Headquarters lies the Rajaprabha Dam, which means ‘Light of the Kingdom,’ a fitting name for a dam built to provide electricity for the rapidly developing area.
In 1982, the government of Thailand began construction of the 94-meter dam on Klong Saeng, the largest river in Southern Thailand.
As news spread that the region was rich in animal life, with fertile fluvial soils and good rainfall, more people came to the region.
A deadly epidemic swept through the region killing a large number of the population, those who survived moved out of the area.
At the time, the area was a still a hideout for political activists who had fled Bangkok during the military crackdowns of the 1970s.
By 1989, the rebels had been granted amnesty, and the reservoir had filled up to create the 165 sq km Cheow Larn Lake.
This opened up the whole area for settlements and plantations, the modern weapons and tools that came with the new peoples meant nature was in trouble.