We love the Thailand vibes! Next to the stunning islands where we could literally stay forever, we felt it would also be nice to explore a bit more of the inland. As Thailand is already one big tourist spot, it is nowadays harder and harder to find a place where you can still enjoy the silence and relax in a quiet place surrounded by nature. But here we are....in the middle of the jungle of Khao Sok National Park! Read our story about this magical place.
We found one and it was filled with wonder. But in fact, finding a rustic, not spoiled piece of Thailand is not that easy. Going on a trip to Khao Sok National Park was the most peaceful, green and quiet spot we stumbled upon. We finally had the chance to actually breath in fresh air and be amazed with life's beautiful nature.
Khao Sok is a big national park and one of earth's masterpieces in the South of Thailand. In this park you can find an immense rainforest (with millions of trees, yay!) and the Chaew Larn lake. With all the colours of the diverse flora it also offers an abundance of fauna: you can spot monkeys, all kinds of birds and butterflies huddled together like a field of flowers, bats, snakes and as I've been told even elephants and leopards if you are lucky. This really makes Khao Sok a truly vibrant place with life in every small corner of the park.
There are seven big trails in Khao Sok. But exploring this amazing jungle filled with hidden gems is not completely possible on your own. Two of the trails are freely accessible but for the remainder of the seven trails you will need a guide. Which are, of course, the more exciting trails. We went on a two days hiking trip with a night spent in a bungalow on the lake.
It was stunning! Walking through these woods of bamboo trees, our feet sometimes struggling with the roots that lie on top of the ground, made us get the exercise we definitely needed after all the lovely cocktails at the beaches of the islands. Up and down mountains, getting our shoes wet while dipping in the river, swinging liana vines (imagine Jane but then without the sexy jungle outfit, including messed up hair and sweat dripping down our nose) and swimming through a pitch black, narrow cave with hundreds of bats was just brilliant.
Waking up on the floating bungalow surrounded by water, with the bungalow moving ever so slightly on the subtle waves of Cheow Lan Lake was quite an experience. We don’t think we have woken up in such a beautiful surrounding like...ever. On top of it all there were toucans flying above our heads while we were chilling in a longboat to explore the flora and fauna at the waterfront. The comforting sound of their wings cutting through the air nurtured our hearts and that was the moment we knew that we made a good choice coming here.
It is quite easy to get to Khao Sok National Park. If you come from Bangkok, you could take a quick flight to Surat Thani airport and from there it is 130 kilometers to the National Park. The best way is to take a minibus straight to the park. It will get you there in around two hours.
Coming from Krabi you can take a bus that gets you there in 4 hours. Are you in Phuket? A bus will get you to the park for about 4 and a half hours. Coming from another place in Thailand? Google is your friend!
If you ever plan a trip to Southern Thailand and want to escape from the island life, Khao Sok is probably your best choice. It's not cheap, but totally worth it.
Curious about Thailand? Then also read our story about island hopping in this beautiful country!