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Khao Sok National Park is ideal if you are looking for an area in the South of Thailand that hasn’t yet become too touristy, and is also one of the most beautiful places you will find. With a mix of jungle, mountains and an enormous lake you won’t be running out of things to do. Keep reading for my guide on how to travel Khao Sok.
TAKE IN THE SCENERY AT THE VIEWPOINT
If you are on the hunt for a viewpoint, take a walk out of the town towards the main road, turn right and walk uphill for about ten minutes until you reach a clearing. We did try and pay for a taxi to take us but they just told us to walk, they can’t have been very business-minded! There are stunning panoramic views of the mountain range, and we even thought we heard some gibbons! But we both have no idea what things are when it comes to wildlife, so it could have been anything.
KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK TOUR
It took us quite a while to decide on the tour we wanted to book, there were lots of variations on offer throughout the town. We knew we didn’t want to have to trek for anymore than an hour, or swim through dark caves, and what we ended up with was the best combination for us. We were even given a free breakfast which included all the fruit, drinks and eggs!
The mini-bus took us to the pier an hour from the town, and we boarded a speedy long tail boat that took us deep into the National Park. The views were so beautiful we were all taking photos for pretty much the whole journey! We arrived at Frog Island and trekked around its perimeter. As I was first in the group behind the tour guide I got a great explanation of all the flowers and trees surrounding us. Although it was a bit unnerving when he kept hitting the ground with his knife before we walked across, I presumed to scare off any dangerous animals!
After lunch we had a chance to swim in the lake or go kayaking. As we wanted to relive the fun we had floating around in Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia, we both adorned the compulsory life jackets and bobbed around in the lake! We made a stop off at a cave, and then got to enjoy the lovely views of the rocks again on the way back to the pier.
Although we only spent two nights in Khao Sok, I would definitely say there is enough to do here to even spend a week. Regrettably, as we didn’t plan ahead enough we didn’t get a chance to stay in a floating bungalow on the river for a night. It would have been incredible to wake up for the sunrise when all the mist is still low. Possibly a trip idea for the future!
HOW TO GET THERE
We spent a bit of time trying to figure out the best way to get to Khao Sok National Park, we usually only ever book our travel the day before and we couldn’t find any travel companies by our hotel. The quickest way would be to fly from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then get a bus to Khao Sok, however we like to find the cheapest option possible!
We ended up booking a night bus from the Southern Terminal to Surat Thani for 781 baht each. A good site to book travel tickets with are 12 Go Asia. We arrived at the bus station at 5.30am, but soon learned the bus to Khao Sok departed from a different station! Luckily a tuk tuk driver was around to take us there at a pretty reasonable price, and we hopped on the first bus of the day to Khao Sok, which unfortunately set us back another 300 baht each! Seemed pretty steep, especially when all the locals that were with us paid less than 100.
Our next stop on our travels was Koh Tao, click here to find out the top things to do!
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