A few days in the beautiful Khao Sok National Park
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I thought about Khao Sok Park in Thailand for a very, very long time. It was a Thai dream of mine that I wanted to fulfil. In the end, it came true. Staying in Khao Sok was a total surprise to me and I fell in love with the region. In this post I will tell you how I spent my days there, what I did. You will find some great recommendations of places to visit in and around Khao Sok National Park.
You’ve definitely heard of this park because it’s where the turquoise water and the rocks sticking out of it are. It’s also where you can sleep on a lake, in bamboo huts and enjoy the surrounding nature and silence.
For me, Khao Sok has become a benchmark for the future and not just because of the views, but also the accommodation I have come to stay in.
The mentioned forests are inhabited by many species of birds, mammals and reptiles, and are home to unique plants rarely seen elsewhere.
Khao Sok Park itself is located on the water, but a short distance away you will also find beautiful and unparalleled areas that are definitely worth seeing and exploring.
Khao Sok Park itself occupies a vast area in the south, but you’re sure to head to Cheow Lan Lake when going to see the famous sand cliffs. From there the tour boats start and from there you will also get to the cottages on the water.
Many people stay right there. You will also find a couple of nice places around the lake. Keep in mind, however, that this part of Thailand is less developed and there are stretches of road with little going on, not even decent shops or petrol stations.
The area by Baan Nam Kem is slightly more inhabited. And there is a good choice of accommodation there too.
To the south of Cheow Lan Lake is a large national park – Klong Phanom, and even further south we already have the sea and the islands of Koh Yao Yai and Koh Yao Noi, which I recommend to visit. They can also be the base for a trip to Khao Sok Park.
What to do and how to spend time in Khao Sok?
About to spend a few days in Khao Sok Park and wondering what to do there and how to make the most of your time? Here are a few suggestions.
Visit the Cheow Lan Lake
Everyone who comes to Khao Sok Park wants to go to this very place. The lake tour lasts a whole day. During this time you will visit caves, forests, learn a little about the park and there will also be a stop for photos. In addition, each tour offers swimming and kayaking on the lake.
On Cheow Lan Lake, you have the opportunity to stay overnight. In the nooks and crannies of the lagoon you will find floating rafts with bamboo houses on them. Some are very expensive and extremely beautiful, others are cheap and simple. Choose the option you can afford and spend the night on Khao Sok Lake.
Here a note of caution, these cottages are booked very far in advance. During peak season it can be very difficult to get a place.
Thai Amazon – that’s the name of the place. I went there without much expectation and I loved it.
The Thai Amazon is a network of canals in the mangrove forests where you rent a canoe with a guide and paddle along, looking at animals, birds and reptiles. You can see snakes and monkeys here. I only had the chance to see beautiful birds and lots of warblers.
Not far from Khao Sok Park is the Bung Sung Bridge. It is a metal structure that connects opposite banks of the river and adjacent fields. It may not be anything stunning, but I was personally impressed by how beautiful the area was. I walked along the bridge, watched the buffalo grazing and couldn’t get over how quiet the area was.
Just a short walk away is the Thai Amazon and then small towns where you’ll have breakfast or an early lunch. Be aware that around 2pm everything closes for the evening and it’s hard to find something to eat here.
I didn’t have this opportunity to sleep on the lake because I was looking for accommodation too late. So I chose something on land – Khao Sok Home River Resort. I highly recommend this place. The cottages are small and the receptionists could use some further training, but the views from the window and the surroundings are divine. It is certainly a beautiful place.
If you absolutely want to spend a night on the water, I would recommend it:
I didn’t come across anything special during my 3 days in Khao Sok. I ate my dinners and breakfasts at the resort. There was virtually nothing in the area where I could eat. On a trip to the lake we had a delicious lunch on the water. The only place I can think of is Kopi cafe with super desserts in Old Ta Kuapa.
Where to go next?
From Khao Sok Park, you can go to many other places. Probably the easiest to get to from here are:
Khao Sok Park is a beautiful place where nature has created something truly amazing. I only spent 3 days there and I already know that more is needed to explore the area. If you only care about seeing the lake, then 2 full days will definitely be enough.
Have you been to Khao Sok Park? Share your opinion. Are you going there? Ask me a question in the comments.