Khao Sok National Park
Khao Sok National Park is one of the best national parks in Thailand. It is located in Surat thani province, about 2 hours from Surat thani or 2.5 hours from Krabi. In the middle of Khao Sok is a huge manmade lake where you can take a Cheow Lan lake tour.
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Why visit Khao Sok National Park?
The main reason to visit Khao Sok is because it is an area of natural beauty. The mountains and karsts and the turquoise lake make it a wonderful place to spend some time during your Thailand trip.
Where to stay in Khao Sok
There are two types of amazing accommodation in Khao Sok. One of them is to stay at floating bungalows on Cheow Lan lake and the other is to sleep in a treehouse just outside Khao Sok National park. Even better is to combine the two and spend a Khao Sok 2 day tour here.
Khao Sok Floating Bungalows or Raft Houses
Khao Sok is home to floating bungalows on Cheow Lan lake where you can spend a night or two. The bungalows are floating on the lake, most of them are basic bungalows with a fan, a small bathroom and no electricity in the evening after 6pm. It is definitely worth spending a couple of days on and around the lake. On a clear night you can see the whole of the milky way because Khao Sok National Park is far from any big cities and light pollution. Most visitors stay at the Cheow Lan Lake floating bungalows as part of a Khao Sok overnight tour.
Khao Sok Treehouse Thailand
Khao Sok is also a great opportunity to stay in a treehouse. There are several options available around the edge of Khao Sok National Park. The most luxurious is Our Jungle treehouse (Agoda) or (Booking.com) which has big beautiful wooden decks and is a great place to spot monkeys from. For a slightly cheaper treehouse version that also offers a pool, then stay at Rock and Treehouse Resort (Agoda) or (Booking.com) which is also fun, a good place to spot monkeys and you can also organise your Khao Sok overnight tour from there.
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Things to Do in Khao Sok
There are many great Khao Sok activities and all of them include spending time in nature.
Khao Sok Activities : Night Safari
For the more adventurous, take a night safari into Khao Sok National Park and spot sleeping monkeys, snakes, scorpions, deer and other nocturnal wildlife.
Things to Do in Khao Sok National Park: Waterfalls
Another one of the fantastic Khao Sok activities you can do is Khao Sok trekking up a waterfall. The rocks are naturally ‘sticky’ so that you can walk directly up the waterfall, feeling the fresh, cool water and enjoying the views of the lake.
Things to do in Khao Sok
Another really fun activity for the adventurous is to explore inside caves in Khao Sok National Park. You can do this as part of your Khao Sok overnight tour. You will have a guide and be given a head torch and taken inside a huge cave, climbing up through it spotting bats, spiders and snakes as you climb. The stalagmites and stalactites are very impressive inside the caves as well.
Khao Sok Activities : Wildlife Spotting
The Khao Sok overnight tour often offers activities such as an early morning boat ride to spot gibbons and listen to them calling to each other as well as a chance of diving fish eagles preying on freshwater fish inside the lake.
Cheow Lan Lake – Swimming & Kayaking
From the floating bungalows or raft houses, you can jump in and swim in the warm, turquoise waters of Cheow Lan lake. A great Khao Sok activity is also to take a kayak and kayak around the edge of the lake, spotting monkeys, gibbons and hornbills as you go.
Khao Sok Itinerary
Spend 2-3 days in Khao Sok spending time in a treehouse and an overnight on the floating bungalows. You can get to Khao Sok from Krabi or Surat thani. Khao Sok should definitely be on your Thailand destinations to visit and read here for more Thailand bucketlist ideas.
Getting to Khao Sok : Khao Sok to Surat thani
You can travel to Khao Sok from Surat thani so you can either fly into Surat thani or take a night train to the train station. Your treehouse accommodation can help arrange a transfer. Please note public transport is limited to Khao Sok and the edges of the park. Alternatively leave and head from Khao Sok to Surat thani airport or train station. It is best to organise transport through your accommodation. The journey is approximately two hours.
Leaving Khao Sok : Khao Sok to Krabi
From your Thailand treehouse accommodation or hotel in Khao Sok you can organise a shared minivan for approximately 300-350 baht to take you from Khao Sok to Krabi (Ao Nang) for beach time and to get to the Andaman islands. Alternatively you can arrange a private transfer through your Khao Sok treehouse or hotel. Alternatively take a transfer from Krabi into Khao Sok from Krabi airport. It is best to organise transport through your accommodation. The journey is approximately 2.5 hours. For my Ao Nang Guide to Krabi read here.