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Khao Sok National Park

[ 13 ] February 18, 2010 |

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When I went to Thailand in July 2009 I absolutely fell in love with the country as indeed I think most people do!  Although I loved everywhere I went for its own unique quirks my absolute favorite place was Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand.

After having spend a fantastic yet tiring week in the chaos and noise of Bangkok, escaping into the quite seclusion of the lush Thai jungle was a welcome relief.  The region is absolutely stunning, completely breathtaking.  It was so humbling to be completely surrounded by nature, to hear the birds calling, to hear the rustle of monkeys in the trees and to shower with a gecko!

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Where is it and how do I get there?

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Khao Sok National Park is located in the South of Thailand a few hours from Krabi and Phuket.  If you are coming from Bangkok I would recommend going on the overnight train to Surat Thani Railway Station. From the station you will have at least an hours journey to get to the accommodation located near the national park.  Most resorts and guesthouses have a transfer service that will pick you up from the railway station.

If you have never taken an overnight train in Thailand don’t expect too much, they are very basic. Prepare yourself for using a squat toilet while the train is bumping along the tracks and make sure to hold on to the rails for dear life the last thing you want is spillage! I would definitely recommend getting a sleeper carriage ticket, it won’t be the best nights sleep you ever had but it is reasonably comfortable and trust me you really don’t want to try and sleep in the chairs!!!

If you are in Krabi or Phuket you can take a public bus or organise a private transfer.  The journey takes a few hours and goes through some absolutely spectacular countryside.

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What Can I Do?

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Trekking

Khao Sok National Park and surrounds are a nature lovers paradise!  If you love trekking then there are lots of great spots for hiking from short treks of just a few hours to much longer challenging treks for people a lot fitter than me. I would definitely recommend doing an Elephant Trek though the jungle. It’s a pretty amazing feeling being perched up on this massive majestic beast strolling through the jungle, unless you get a mischievous elephant like I did who gravitated to walking off the path and in the river!

Tubing

Tubing down the Klong Sok river was just awesome, even when managed to drop my camera in the Water (it’s waterproof luckily) and get stuck in the reeds.  It’s great fun cruising down the river then racing over the rapids only to get to the end and want to do it all over again!

Lake Tour

The Cheow Larn Lake Tour was my favourite activity the whole time I was there.  The lake in fact is a huge man made dam, in some places you can even see the tops of what were once trees looming above the surface of the water.  The lake is dotted with floating villages made mostly out of Bamboo, it was really an amazing sight to see whole communities living on the water.  If you do take a tour it is highly likely that you will stop at one of these villages for lunch and the food is just delicious, especially the freshly caught fish straight form the lake.  If you have a few hours to spend in a village then give kayaking a go or take a dip in the ever inviting cool waters.

One of the stops on the lake tour was a visit to the Nam Talu Cave.  To get to the cave we had to trek through the jungle to get to another  village on another part of the lake.  Once there, we group took a bamboo raft across the lake to the entrance of the cave.  The cave isn’t huge and out of all the caves I’ve visited many of which were in Australia I didn’t really rate this one as being a really spectacular.  The best part was the trek to get there.

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Where to Stay?

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Most of the accommodation is located outside of the national park.  I stayed at a lovely resort called Morning Mist which was located about an hour from the Cheow Larn Lake but was in a centralized area with a few restaurants and a convenience store.  The resort had excellent facilities for the price staring at 550 Thai baht a night.  The rooms were nice each with a porch and a hammock or chair to enjoy the lush surrounds.  The restaurant had quite a good variety of food although they tended to make the food visually such a work of art that it took forever to come out!

If you do want to stay in the national park you can stay in a hut at one of the floating villages on the Cheow Larn Lake.  The rooms are very small and basic made out of bamboo with only sleeping mats.  There is no formal bathroom but there is a very basic squat toilet.  They have a kitchen where you can order a delicious array of Thai Dishes.

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  1. Love the video Sasha, definitely looks like an awesome place to visit. What camera did you use to film while tubing? I need something water proof just in case :)
    .-= Chris – The Aussie Nomad´s last blog ..My First Overseas Trip Part 4 =-.

  2. Sasha says:

    It’s a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 it really is the best camera!!! Takes really sharp underwater pics & film in HD and widescreen. That tubing footage was the first time i used it in the water, i dropped it even before i got to test it out, luckily the water wasn’t that deep and Cheeky the Thai guide dived down and got i for me!!! :)

  3. The song and video are great, could have use more monkeys but so could life. Hmmm, I was just talking to @GotPassport about Thailand, I think it’s a sign that I need to go.
    .-= Cornelius Aesop´s last blog ..New Brew Tuesday: Fish Eye – Cabernet Sauvignon =-.

  4. Sasha says:

    Yes you definitely need to go to Thailand!!! You will fit in well there and they have a whole temple dedicated to you!!! Also when i get around to putting up the Malaysia video there will be more Monkeys!!! :)

  5. Lauren says:

    Great info Sash – it took me back to our adventure there – hooray! I am FINALLY getting around to reading all of your blog stories!!!! Woo hoo! Keep up the super work girl xoxo

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  7. Sofia says:

    Cool video!!
    Could you please tell me the title of the song in this video :) love it.. love it!!!!
    Cheers!!!!!

  8. Sasha says:

    Hi Sofia, Thanks for the comment! :) The song is Animal by “Miike Snow”, so catchy, love it!

  9. Sofia says:

    Thanks for the information Sasha :)
    yeah…. cool song!!
    I’m going to Phuket this Wednesday (5 August) and I’m so excited to discover Khao Sok National Park :) :):):):)

    Cheers!!!!!!

  10. Adam Axon
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    Great post again Sasha! Your videos are absolutely fantastic :-)
    .-= Adam Axon´s last blog ..Wang Wang- Funi and the Adelaide Zoo =-.

  11. Sasha says:

    Thanks Adam :) I’ve got heaps more videos to come too!!!

  12. Great article and video, love it down south!
    .-= Bangkok Guide.dk´s last blog ..Soi Cowboy =-.

  13. denia villa says:

    The song and video are great, what a wonderful place. I am definitly thinking about visiting after this amazing video.

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