Khao Sok Lake
Attractions of Khao Sok
Cheow Lan Lake
One of most popular national park destinations in the country for foreign tourists. The lake has many raft houses/floating bungalows spread all over the lake, offering trips to many attractions. Kayaking among limestone hills in morning mist is a must. There are also some trails into the real wildlife areas with possiblity to see some mammals.
The lake contains over 100 limestone outcrops and has six tributary regions; Klong Long, Klong Ka, Klong Pey, Klong Yee, Klong Saeng and Klong Mon. Klong in thai means river and parts of the lake belongs to Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary. Partly because of the distance to the pier, Khlong Long tributary on northeast is the most popular destination on the lake. Raft houses on west side of the lake are about 2-3 hours from the pier at Ratchaprapha Dam.
A return trip with a 10 pax longtail boat starts from 1500 Baht up to 4,000 Baht, the price difference depends on the distance to raft houses or various attractions, it is also possible to hire a boat for overnight stay for around 400 to 500 Baht more.
Some raft houses can be booked in combination with various activities like hiking, kayaking, visiting various attractions and more. To see more details or send an inquiry, please follow this link.
Khlong Long is the most popular destination within the lake, situated at northeast side of the lake, approximately 15-16 km from Ratchaprapa Dam. The main attractions of this tributary are limestone hills, a cave trip and a great viewpoint accessible by a 2.5 hour long hiking through the jungle.
There are five raft houses in Khlong Long;
- Chiew Lan Raft House
- Plern Prai Raft House
- Sai Chon Raft House
- Panvaree Raft House
- Prai Wan
The popularity and quality of raft houses are higher compared to the other raft houses in the other tributaries.
Khlong Ka is situated on south side of the lake, approximately 15 km from the Ratchaprapa Dam. This tributary has one of the best caves in the park and great view over a group of limestone hills. The land area south has some great hiking trails between limestone hills. Although the sighting is rare, there are tapirs in this area.
Klong Ka and Nang Prai are two rafthouses in this part of the lake.
Situated at the southwest end of the lake, approximately 20 km from Ratchaprapa Dam. Ton Toey Rafthouse in this tributary was the lake's first ranger station. There is a trailhead few kilometers west from this rafthouse to Nam Thalu Cave, the trail is 4 km long and partly circular. Another 6.5 km long trail at the south leads all the way to the main road further south.
Situated on west side of the lake, Khlong Yee is approximately 27 km from Ratchaprapa Dam. Main activity and attractions at this end of the lake are guided kayak tours, wildlife watching, hiking to Krai Son viewpoint and hiking to a waterfall during wet seasons.
Raft houses located in this area are;
- Krai Son Raft House
- Tree Tops Floating Bungalows
- Keeree Warin Raft House
- 500 Rai
Situated on northwest side of the lake in Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary, this tributary is approximately 26 km from Ratchaprapa Dam. Klong Saeng River is the largest watershed feeding the lake, it was the widest river in Thailand before the dam was build.
Visitors entering this area must obtain special permission in advance from Khao Sok National Park HQ and pay an additional fee for the wildlife sanctuary.
This remote part of the lake is very ideal for hiking and wildlife watching. It is possible to hike into the wildlife santuary with guidence of park rangers to waterfalls, old mines from 60s' and get chanse to see some common animals like gibbons and deers but with some luck even more exciting species like elephant, gaur, mainland serow, great argus, king cobra and many more. There are also tapirs, clouded leopards and bear species roaming in the sanctuary.
The only raft house in this tributary area is Klong Saeng Raft House owned by the national park, the quality of the bungalows are poor.
Situated on north side of the lake, Khlong Mon is approximately 24 km from Ratchaprapa Dam. The area consists of high hills and steep valleys, ideal place to spot hornbills, eagles and other wildlife. A nearly 3 km long exciting trail through the jungle will end up in Khlong Saeng tributary further west. There are few other shorter trails at the north side of the tributary. Tam Gia is the only raft house in this tributary, owned by the national park.
Pra Kay Petch Cave
Also known as Diamond Cave, this cave is situated in Klong Ka tributary of Cheow Lan, in south side of the reservoir, nearly 18 km from the main pier. It is one of the best caves in the park with impressive stalagmites and stalactites, home to bats.
Nearest raft houses are Klong Ka (2 km) and Nang Prai (4.5 km), flashlights needed to visit this cave.
Nam Thalu Cave
This 500 meter long cave is located near the Ranger Station 4 at Klong Pey tributary. The cave has a very wide opening and water streams through it.
The cave is very dangerous on rainy days. 2 guides and 6 tourists lost their lives in this cave back in 2007 when it was rapidly flooded during a rainy day. Guides won't take you through the cave if there is any chance for rain during that day.
Apart from boat trip to Klong Pey, 4 km hiking needed to get to this cave. Tourists will be allowed to visit this cave only during the cold and hot seasons from 14th December until end of May (these dates may change).
This cave is on the banks of a smaller lake north of Klong Long tributary, it is one of more popular cave destinations of Cheow Lan. Coral fossiles have been found in the cave.
The cave was used by comunist insurgents in the past. It is easily accessible by boat from a nearby raft house.