05/16/2012 02:14 pm ET Updated Jul 16, 2012

Thailand's Islands: Where To Escape The Crowds

Whether it is riding in the back of an open tuk-tuk or racing across the waves in a longtail boat, a journey through Thailand's islands always feels like a real adventure. Thailand's beauty is no secret, but there are still a few wonders that remain relatively under wraps. In this excerpt from an article originally by Oliver Berry, Lonely Planet Magazine takes you deeper into the Thai islands.

Khao Sok National Park
About two hours' drive north of Phuket, this national park includes one of the oldest lowland rainforests on Earth, dating back 160 million years. Covering 460sq miles, it's home to some of Thailand's rarest flora and fauna, including sunbears, barking deer and clouded leopards, plus more than 300 bird species.

The best way to visit is on a guided hike, ideally in the dry season of December-April. Bungalows and eco-lodges dot the park's

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