The great adventure of Kao Sok National Park Floating Bungalows is just one of many things to enjoy in the region
For people visiting the southern part of Thailand, I must suggest you hop by the Kao Sok National Park. From Phuket, it is an about 150 km long drive through beautiful nature. Once you arrive, you find yourself in another world.
One of the most popular activities is a boat ride on the Cheow Lan Lake and one or more overnight stays in one of the many bamboos floats resorts, inviting for an exceptional experience. The artificial lake, Dam, built only in 1982 is huge. It covers a space of 169 km² in the middle of the dense rainforest and is surrounded by amazing nature.
The building of the dam was a big project in the 80s and had almost four hundred families relocated. The idea of the lake was to develop the region in different ways. Irrigation systems were built for rubber, vegetable, and fruit plantations, freshwater fishery and electricity were introduced. The large lake also provides flood control in this rather rainy region.
Today nature has completely recovered and the lake is also used as a recreation site. Thousands of Thai visitors come by, mostly for weekend excursions but slowly the region gets known by foreign visitors wanting to enjoy the beautiful National Park.
My friend, who lives in Kao Sok told me there were more people, mainly younger, adventure seeking visitors from all over the world arriving and some staying for even months at a time. It is a fantastic place, green, lush and wild. The infrastructure is slowly growing but as for today, you find Kao Sok as a very small village in the middle of the tropical forest.
The only place to access the lake by boat is near the Rajjaprabha Dam, “the light of the kingdom”. You will find several boat operators at the beach and can choose what offer you find most interesting. A better way to organize and book your lake adventure is when you stay in Kao Sok village for a night or two and check out all the possibilities offered there by locals.
Onc you stay on a floating resort, I heard, that one should find a boat trip leaving early morning. This time the chance to see some of the wild animals coming for a drink at the lake is best. Several monkeys and nice big birds can be seen all day long but the more shy and rare bigger mammals like the wild elephants or the siam tiger or some tapirs come out only in the early morning when it is still quiet or at night when you won’t see them.
The water in the lake is clean and fresh, you will need to take a dip in this unforgettable scenery. If you love to do some fishing there, I must say, the wild fishing is officially not allowed. You can try and find a boat owner with a smaller boat though and maybe convince him to take you for a more private trip. My friend told me he did some fishing trips with friendly locals and they enjoyed great fish meals in the evening. Or check out this opportunity I found on the net. (Click here)
Khao Sok National Park Floating Bungalows
For 3000 Baht a night and person, you can get a standard tour all inclusive with three meals and boat and bungalow. The stay in one of these exotic bungalows is quite basic. You will find a mosquito net over a double bed and a van in your room.
Of course, there is a small shop where you can buy the most basic and essential stuff like water, milk, sodas, and beer, snacks aso. Food is being prepared fresh. Some fruit will be available too I guess. The restrooms are on shore but kayaks are there, free to use.
The peace and quiet at night are exceptional and the fresh air you wake up in the morning is something you won’t find in many places anymore today. Bring some good shoes, a hat and maybe a mosquito spray with. Don’t forget your camera lol.
There is always a more luxury and more expensive offer available, some of these charges up to 30’000 Baht a two/day, one/night trip per person. I don’t want to go into details here but you find these on the internet, looking for Cheow Lan Lake Bungalows.
Kao Sok Green Valley Resort
I got a great Thai friend in Kao Sok too. He is the owner of the Kao Sok Green Valley Resort. The place is really beautiful and not even expensive. From there you can get the best information on lake adventures and park hiking, canoe rides and so forth. (Check his video here.)
The place is clean and the price is fair. Only 1000.00 Baht a night for a bungalow for two, which is ruffly $15 a person.
Check out more about Kao Sok National Park
This is all for this time. I will be posting the second part of this post very soon and describe the Thai National Park itself with its greatest virgin forest, fauna and flora and more about the sympathetic village of Kao Sok.
Below you find other interesting posts about Thailand in general and about the region described here.
Our unique guided trip to the southern Thailand
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