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Khao Sok

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Khao Sok

Hi am looking to go to Khao Sok National Park and stay for 2 or 3 nights. Just wondered if anyone out there could recommend any good place to stay? My guidebook gives about 6 or seven options and doesn't seem to differentiate. I don't mind the place not being 5 star (or even one star!) but I do recall that one place has a reasonable restaurant/ eaterie ! I guess I'd like to know which is in the best location, ie the most aesthetically pleasing, which has the best facilities for food etc.. Anyone, any help would be most appreciated as we're off in few weeks! Yours, with a cold and pint of Lemsip by my side, in damp, damp oh my god its wet, North Devon.

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I was there about this time last year and booked through an eco-travel agency called Lost Horizons. I stayed at a place called Our Jungle House and it was rustic but fabulous. I was in a tree house right next to the river and the food at this place was some of the best I've had in Thailand (try the curry with pumpkin). The manager at the time was a lovely Australian woman married to a Thai man and they had a small baby. They have since left for Australia so I do not know the current manager but you might check the place out. I did a night safari, a full day jungle trek, a canoe trip, an overnight trip to a beautiful lake and a trek through a cave, an elephant ride. You could also have someone come to your room and give you a Thai massage after a hard day trekking.

http://www.losthorizonsasia.com/khao_soke.asp

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Thanks Fts, that sounds great, can't wait to get out there! Enjoy the NY winter.

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the australian woman you have been referred to is a friend of mine. she is no longer working there, but i would recommend either Our Jungle House or Arts.

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Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that I recently was in Khao Sok and I booked my whole trip there - accom, tours, transfers through a company called Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours. www.limestonelaketours.com

It just so happens that the man who was my guide for an amazing lake trip I did was the ex manager at Our Jungle House (the one married to the Australian lady with the small baby mentioned in an earlier posting here) and he and his wife are now running Limestone Lake Rainforest Tours, specialising in tours and accom in Khao Sok. I can't recommend them highly enough, so if you want to go to Khao Sok and stay in the best places, doing the best activities, then drop them an email. They were really on the ball and nothing was too much trouble. Good prices too.

email: info@limestonelaketours.com

Have fun in Khao Sok and don't forget to do a trip to the lake - it's a must see...

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Thanks for the help guys. I've booked to stay at Riverside Cottages (which I think is the same as Arts?) , looks great. Andi, I'll take the lake tour for sure, it looks amazing. Will post a review once I am back as this site has been sooo useful.

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Thanks for the help guys. I've booked to stay at Riverside Cottages (which I think is the same as Arts?) , looks great. Andi, I'll take the lake tour for sure, it looks amazing. Will post a review once I am back as this site has been sooo useful.

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Just returned from Thailand and went with Limestone Rainforest Tours after reading this post. We spent one night at their floating raft location. I must say I was disappointed in the accomodations and our tour guide. They admit that the place is "simple", but we didn't even feel comfortable staying there...and I should mention that I've lived in a tent in an African rainforest for six months! The women's bathroom smelled horribly, and we were given a bungalo with mattresses on the floor without even a mosquito net. I wasn't expecting five star or anything, but still... The food was good though.

Our guide was friendly enough, but when we went into the forest for our hike, he rushed and we didn't even have time to look around and enjoy the trip. He didn't point anything out and couldn't even answer my questions...ie types of trees, etc. Also, when we arrived we were also told that we could do a cave tour. I told our guide that I was not interested in doing this because he said we would have to swim in deep water with only a flashlight or two, which made me nervous. To my surprise our hike ended at the beginning of the cave! At first the cave was large and we were walking on large rocks or in a foot or so of water. There were tons of bats and huge spiders...no problem for me, but some might not like it. But halfway through, the cave gets smaller and smaller and soon he told us the water would be over our heads. He attempted to help me crawl through the tight spots clinging to the walls, but it was nearly impossible and I fell straight into deep water in the pitch dark (we only had two flashlights for three people). This might be great for some, but for me, I was freaked out and really upset that the guide had us go through the cave after I specifically told him I did not want to.

As for Koh Sok, definitely visit. It's beautiful...especially the lake, and it was wonderful hearing the gibbons in the morning! But make sure you know what you're getting into ahead of time! Some might really like Limestone Rainforest Tours, but we didn't have a good experience.