Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows

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Highlights

Khao Sok lake also known as Cheow Larn Lake, is the highlight of Khao Sok National Park. It is not only one of the most scenic places in Thailand but also one of the most stunning locations in the world – surrounded by limestone cliffs rising from the turquoise water and dense rainforest jungle. 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at ThailandPhoto by KOSIN SUKHUM licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

Despite the fairy-tale scenery, Cheow Larn Lake remains a very remote destination of rapidly-increasing popularity. The combination of scenery, swimming conditions, and wilderness, means Khao Sok has something for everyone. Whether coming for photography opportunities, wildlife spotting, water activities, hike the park, or hang around in the raft houses to relax and swim, it is a trip that one will enjoy much.

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Photo by KOSIN SUKHUM licensed by CC BY-SA 4.0

The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is a remnant of rain forest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon rain forest.

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

The cliffs of Khao Sok National Park by Mike Gifford licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Its area is 739 km², and it includes the 165 square kilometer Cheow Larn Lake contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam.

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

View of the lake from the one of the hill top of the park. Photo by Khaosok

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

View while trekking in Khao Sok National Park

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Tubing in Khao Sok Lake

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Canoeing to explore Khao Sok Lake

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Sunset view of Khao Sok Lake from the floating bungalows.

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Rustic floating bamboo bungalows with shared bathroom we will be staying in.

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Boat ride to explore Khao Sok Lake

 

Khao Sok - Explore One of the Oldest Rainforests on Floating Bungalows starting at Thailand

Fishes seen in Khao Sok Lake by Kittipong khunnen licensed by CC BY-SA 3.0

Additional Info

Jungle Hike is a moderately strenuous jungle trek that may involve walking through a river and entering a cave. At one point, it may be required to complete a short, rope-assisted climb. Guests should evaluate their personal level of fitness before embarking on this hike. The hike is optional, and you can choose to remain at the floating bungalow and spend time swimming and enjoying the view. If you are physically unfit, it is recommended do not participate in the hike.

Children are also not recommended for the hike.

Itinerary

Day 1: SG – Phuket – Khao Sok National Park
Arrive at the Cottage in the afternoon. After check-in, get ready to explore the river by either canoeing or hop on top of a rubber ring and go river-tubing.
At the end of the day, those who are adventurous can continue the adventure with a night safari in one of the world’s oldest rainforest to look for nocturnal wildlife. For those who prefer a relaxing night, you can skip the night hike and get a relaxing one-hour Thai massage.
*Each activity to have a minimum of 4 pax to be scheduled

Day 2: Continue the adventure with an overnight trip to Cheow Larn Lake
With fairy-tale scenery of towering limestone cliffs and over 100 islands jutting skyward, Cheow Lan Lake is one of the most striking places on earth. Take a boat ride through incredible scenery to a raft house where you will have lunch. During the boat ride, you may spot wildlife such as monkeys, giant hornbills, and maybe elephants.
In the afternoon, swim in the emerald waters, go jungle hiking or spend some time kayaking. After a fresh dinner (included), spend the night in a floating bamboo bungalow. Please note that the floating bungalows at the lake are very rustic, and it is on a shared bathroom (private bathrooms are not available).

Day 3: Floating Bungalows back to Cottages
Wake up early for a morning mist safari, and look for giant hornbills, monkeys, and gibbons feeding in the trees before breakfast. Check out of your room and relax, swim, or kayak until lunch, then return to Cottages in the afternoon.

Day 4: Khao Sok – Phuket - SG
Start the day with a half-day hike in Khao Sok National park or take a short drive to a scenic viewpoint and the warm waters of the hot springs.
Checkout at noon, heading back to Phuket airport

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!