Khao Sok National Park

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Khao Sok National Park
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This is one of Thailand's most popular parks for foreign visitors but at the same time is unspoiled and uncrowded. The national park is home to a number of eco-resorts offering room, food, and tours. The park is includes a large rainforest and exception steep limestone mountains. There are also rivers and waterfalls. Tours include jungle treks, elephant experience, kayaking and tubing on the river. The most popular tour in the area is to the Rajaprapa reservoir, also known as Khao Sok Lake. Here guests can sleep on rafthouses at the edge of the jungle and enjoy kayaking, birdwatching, and hiking in pristine forest. Day trips are also available. In addition to observing numerous tropical birds including majestic hornbills, Asian buffalo and elephants are often seen, and tapirs and other jungle animals more rarely. The area can be reached easily from airports in Phuket (2 hours away) and Surathani airport (1.5 hours away).
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand863 contributions
May 2022
The Khao Sok lake (or rather reservoir) turned out to be the high spot of our trip to Surat Thani province. Our boatman was clearly very proud of his lake and took us to all his favourite spots on a two hour long trip. The lake and the surrounding forests are a nature reserve and we regretted no having the time to explore more.
Written May 27, 2022
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WillemvZ
Boxtel, The Netherlands204 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
We did a tour to the Namtaloo cave and were with 11 people. A perfect amount for this (in total) 4 km trek through the jungle and a visit to the cave, which is 820 meters long. Along the way you see tons of bats, spiders and maybe even snakes!

The tour starts with a trip around the lake by longtail which shows amazing sights. In my opinion it was a bit long, but absolutely breathtaking once you reach the actual lake!

The pace of the jungle trek is pretty high and you have to be of decent health to keep up. Saw bunch of parents with children, so seems to be doable for families as well.

The cave itself can be a bit tight at some points and also has some spots where you actually have to swim a bit. Bring decent (water)shoes and clothes that can get wet. Also mosquito spray and some sunscreen might be nice to have. We were provided with waterproof bags from our resort which were nice to have.

Tour was 1500 baht per person, excluding 320 baht for pier and park entry. Absolutely worth the money!
Written February 1, 2020
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ737 contributions
Jul 2019
From Bangkok we flew to Surat Thani and drove about an hour to the booking agency office. We booked a 2 day group tour with Khao Sok Lake Tours which was awesome! If you need to travel to and from the airports they’ll arrange the rides and include it in the total. Including an hour trip from Surat Thani and then being dropped off two hours away in Phuket with our stay for two it was around 320 USD. With our payment we received our meals (practically all you can eat) and transport/lodging as well as the daily group tours. The rooms are simple but sufficient to enjoy the overall experience. This bundled package gave us the opportunity to enjoy our time since there were no additional costs. Depending on the season they will take you on different tours as well as evening and morning boat safaris. If you get to partake in the water cave tour like us you’ll be in for a strenuous yet incredibly unique experience. The staff was great and very knowledgeable and always made sure we were attended to. They even offer rentals of some equipment such as shoes, dry bags, and headlamps to ensure we were safe during our tours. This is run by locals and truly is an authentic experience. We will definitely be back here again and hopefully for multiple nights next time!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 16, 2020
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yachtmasterjohn
Palma de Mallorca, Spain197 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I know and love Thailand having traveled almost everywhere during more than 20 visits. I came to Khao Sok following glowing reports from a friend.

I flew from Bangkok to Surat Thani, the closest airport, then took the 45 minute bus ride to Surat Thani bus station, waited 20 minutes and then took the 2:20 minibus ride to Khao Sok. Annoyance number 1, the mini bus passes almost in front of the airport on its journey. A waste of almost 2 hours. If there are a number of you it might be sensible to negotiate a taxi ride directly from the airport.

The biggest attraction of Khao Sok is Chiao Lan lake / reservoir. Almost everyone will want to spend a day or even two there. Annoyance number 2, the lake is exactly half way between Surat Thani airport and Khao Sok village. So the next day, you have to get into another mini bus and travel for another 90 minutes or so to arrive the boat pier.

The one day lake tour is awful, two hours in a mini bus each way, followed by 5 hours sitting on a hard wooden bench in a very noisy cramped long tail boat. “Now is the time to take photos, see the rock that looks like Batman, now is the time to walk to the cave, now is the time to hike, now is the time to lunch, after lunch you will have time to swim or kayak”. If you want to be herded round like a schoolchild you will enjoy it. If you’re an independent traveler you will hate it.

The lunch however is good 😊

Park fees are expensive at 300 baht each, each day you enter, that will mount up if you are a family of 4.

From the street that is Khao Sok, there are lots of restaurants, laundry, massage & ATMs. It’s not a town or village, it’s a street. There is no temple, no school, no market.

The walk from Khao Sok to the waterfall at Sip Et Chang is challenging but worthwhile. You must be an experienced hiker and if you plan on doing it alone as I did bring plenty of water. The trail is very difficult to follow in parts and I spent a large portion of the day completely lost despite having MapsME to assist.

If you want to go tubing or kayaking you won’t be able to do so for more than 20 minutes in the dry season as the river level is too low.
Written January 1, 2020
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Jonatan G
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Couples
It use to be the best place in Thailand.
But now Thais treat you like garbage. They rise the prices. They don’t care what you want. The boat will not stop on the lake for you to enjoy it or have a swim. Now its forbidden. You have to wear safety vest all the time even when you want to swim by the lakehouse.

Bad experience. I’m dossapointed this time.
Written January 20, 2020
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Stephen Browne
37 contributions
Feb 2020
I've given this review 5 stars because the national park, including Cheow Lan Lake is incredible and has amazing scenery.

However I'd skip the Ton Kloi waterfall trek, it's a full on trek through constant humidity for very little reward.

If you do decide to do it then use Maps.me or get a guide, but I'd wager payinng 600thb to be put through the physical challenge would make it even worse than doing it for free. The trail is tricky though, so definitely you will need maps.me.
Written February 22, 2020
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lachlan c
Gosford, Australia2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I stayed on the lake doing the 2 day 1/night tour. $2500bht is expensive for a solo backpacker but after much research totally worth it! I would recommend this to anyone travelling Thailand. You really can't get this tour cheaper. But I stayed in Khao Sok Hostel and they deducted my first night accommodation off the price so it was good.
Written February 15, 2020
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Keld Agerskov
Bangkok, Thailand41 contributions
Jan 2020
If in Khao Sok, the bamboo hut overnight at the lake is a must. Second, best was the bathing with elephants nearby the Riverfront resort. There are many restaurants in the city with great Thai and Western food.
Written January 30, 2020
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John Doe
Koh Tao, Thailand48 contributions
Mar 2019
Again , for me anyhows , i was travelling again , this time South Thailand, i aws told to be careful by friends because of the 'muslim issues down there, but hey nothing ventured ..etc . I was driving in my new Toyota Yaris and could travel away from any hot spots , which by the way there are , so check before you head twards the Malay border areas , after a few nights in Nathawariat , we headed North up the west coast, Krabi and then beautiful Khao Sok Marine park Arrived a booked an overnight bungalow , graeat views . Next day boat trip which was to give me some of the best phot's of a lifetime , one attached . Its nearly durastic, wait a minute it is . Frienly tour guides, but very touting for business as tourism down this year , so go support , worth it .
Written January 23, 2020
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Amberscha
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia364 contributions
Feb 2020
This is one of the worth place to visit. you can have a direct access to this National Park via local tour boat. The journey from Surat Thani Airport to National Park will take approximately 1hour journey to reached the Pier.
Written February 20, 2020
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