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Chiew Lan Lake
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Khao Sok Lake
Located in Surat Thani province, Khao Sok is one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand mainly due to Chiew Lan lake and its limestone peaks planted in water that many compare to the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam. Here you can make interesting treks and discover waterfalls, amazing caves and of course all kinds of plants and animals.

The Khao Sok National Park, established in 1981, manages, with 739 square kilometes the largest rainforest in southern Thailand. Its jungle is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, it is even older and more diverse than the Amazon rainforest. The stars of the park are the gibbons and rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world.

Khao Sok National Park, created in 1981, manages, with 739 square km, the largest virgin forest in southern Thailand. Its jungle is one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world, it is even older and more varied than the Amazonian forest. On the fauna side, the stars are the gibbons and wild elephants and on the flora side, the undeniable star is the rafflesia, the largest flower in the world which can be found in the park from December to March. With a specialized guide on Khao Sok your chances of observing them will be much greater than via the classic tour.

If you come to Khao Sok, you absolutely must take a trip to Chiew Lan Lake, formed by the Ratchaprapha Dam. And you can even spend the night in one of the floating hotels on the lake. I list several in the "Sleeping" section. Although Khao Sok National Park is open all year round, from June to September, occasional heavy downpours make the trails impassable and therefore often, it is not possible to do a trek at this time. But you can enjoy the lake, its setting and all the related activities (kayak, boat trips, paddle, observation of animals on the banks, etc.)

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Practical information about Khao Sok National Park

The entrance fee to Khao Sok National Park costs 300 baht for adults and 150 for children (depending on how tall they are). It is open all year.

There are many guesthouses and hotels in Khao Sok, most are in the street leading to the park entrance. It is best to book in advance on weekends in high season. One of the best ways to get a complete experience of the park is to book a 2-day, 1-night excursion, with the night spent in a floating hotel on Chiew Lan Lake or on the lakeshore, as prices for floating hotels have skyrocketed since the post-COVID tourism resumption.

For treks, take a swimsuit and towel to swim in the rivers and waterfalls and good shoes, it will also protect you agianst leeches. There are some in Khao Sok, so do not sit too long in the forest. Apparently Tiger Balm could make them flee... Otherwise, even if one bites you, nothing serious, just go to the pharmacy, they will give you a saline solution and a cream (120 baht) and a few days after there will be no trace.

To go visit Khao Sok National Park, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Khao Sok National Park ?

The closest major town to Khao Sok is Surat Thani, there are minivans that connect the town or Surat Thani train station to the land entrance to Khao Sok National Park (2 hours – 300 THB). Otherwise, the local buses which connect Surat Thani to Phuket via Khao Lak can also drop you off at the start of the street which leads to the land entrance to the park, where most of the hotels and guesthouses are located (one bus every 2 hours - 180 THB). From Phuket, buses depart from Terminal 2 and take 4.5 hours to reach Khao Sok. Buses and vans drop you off near the intersection between the main road and the street that goes to the 'land entrance to Khao Sok'. For the lake, you will have to reach Ratchaprapha Dam but no public transport goes there.

Some tours going Khao Sok National Park

1 day Boat tour on Khao Sok Lake (Chiew Lan Lake)

1 day Boat tour on Khao Sok Lake (Chiew Lan Lake)

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Discover the majesty of Chiew Lan Lake, the true jewel of Khao Sok National Park, on an unforgettable boat trip. Imagine breathtaking landscapes, with limestone peaks planted in the water somewhat reminiscent of the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam.

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