Thai National Parks

Khao Sok National Park

Private Tour | 2-days/1-night private tour in Cheow Lan Lake

For the August dates, the rooms are rapidly getting fully booked at the average and high end raft houses. You are recommended to book earliest possible. Guide availability may also be an issue in time. Laguna Cheow Lan and Panvaree The Greenery resorts are already fully booked for the entire July/August months.

Situated between Khao Sok National Park and Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Cheow Lan Lake has one of the most beautiful scenic views in Thailand.

The lake deserves more than one night of stay, but if you only can stay one night, you will still be able to enjoy a few activities with this tour. If you truly want to enjoy more of the lake, then a 3D/2N tour is recommended.

With the 2-days/1-night tour in Cheow Lan Lake you will be able to see scenic rock formations, hike to a viewpoint, visit a cave, hike in the jungle, kayak, swim and drive around for wildlife watching. The tour includes a stay in a raft house of your choice, a private guide and a private boat with driver. No others will share the guide or the boat with you during the tour.

Out tours must be booked with "no matter the weather" in mind. We don't find the lake tours suitable for kids under 7 years old, other companies may have a different opinion about age limits.

Raft house options

500 Rai Floating Resort (deluxe)

500 Rai Floating Resort is one of the two top raft houses in the lake, with 15 houses/cabins of various sizes. The raft house is located at the far end of the lake, between Phupha Waree and Krai Son raft houses, with one of the best views in the lake.

Following are the type of rooms;

Type Pax Size Info
Deluxe 4 36 ㎡ Master bedroom with double-size bed, loft with two mattresses. 1 kayak, 5 life jackets. A/c from 6 pm to 6 am. Check-in 2pm, check-out 9:30am
Villa 4 42 ㎡ Master bedroom with double-size bed, loft with two mattresses. 1 kayak, 5 life jackets. A/c 24h/day. Check-in 2pm, check-out 9:30am
Family Villa 8 72 ㎡ 2 connecting villas, 2 master bedrooms with double-size bed, 2 lofts with 4 mattresses, a/c 24h/day, 2 kayaks, 8 life jackets. Check-in 2pm, check-out 9:30am
Deluxe Suite 4 72 ㎡ Master bedroom with double-size bed, loft with 2 mattresses, a/c 24h/day, 2 kayaks, 7 life jackets (2 sofa beds for additional 2 pax if needed). Check-in 4pm, check-out 1pm
Family Suite 10 86 ㎡ 2 master bedrooms with double-size bed, 2 lofts with 6 mattresses, a/c 24h/day, 2 kayaks, 7 life jackets (2 sofa beds for additional 2 pax if needed). Check-in 4pm, check-out 1pm
Honeymoon Suite 4 92 ㎡ Master bedroom with double-size bed, loft with two mattresses, a/c 24h/day, 2 kayaks, 4 life jackets, private swimming pool, jacuzzi. Check-in 4pm, check-out 1pm
500 Rai rooms
500 Rai rooms
500 Rai rooms
500 Rai rooms
500 Rai - deluxe, family villas and villas
500 Rai - deluxe, family villas and villas
500 Rai
500 Rai
500 Rai - loft with two mattresses
500 Rai - loft with two mattresses
500 Rai - Villa, loft
500 Rai - Villa, loft
500 Rai - Bathroom
500 Rai - Bathroom
500 Rai - Honeymoon ruite room (the only room with swimming pool)
500 Rai - Honeymoon ruite room (the only room with swimming pool)
Panvaree The Greenery Floating Resort (deluxe)

While most raft houses in the lake have on average around two dozen bungalows, Panvaree The Greenery Floating Resort have fewer which makes it a relatively quiet place even when the place is fully booked. Quality wise it is no doubt one of the best and most popular raft houses in the lake. The raft house is located in the entrance of Khlong Long tributary.

Following are the type of rooms;

The price for rooms varies depending on week-day, week-end day or holidays.

Panvaree The Greenery Resort
Panvaree The Greenery Resort
Superior room for 2 pax
Superior room for 2 pax
Phupha Waree Raft House

Phupha Waree is set back in a private alcove just inside Klong Pey, compared to most basic/average raft houses in the lake it is considered a bit better option. The rooms are equipped with 2 joined queen size beds, a private bathroom, a/c, balcony and can accommodate 2-4 people. While the smaller rooms will be booked for up to 3 people, the larger rooms will be booked for 4 people.

For the dates concerning high season months, week-ends (Fri-Sat nights) and public holidays, rooms at Phupha Waree should be booked well in advance.

Phupha Waree Floating Houses (deluxe option)
Phupha Waree Floating Houses (deluxe option)
Phupha Waree Raft House
Phupha Waree Raft House
Phupha Waree - smaller rooms
Phupha Waree - smaller rooms
Phupha Waree rooms - larger rooms
Phupha Waree rooms - larger rooms
Phupha Waree meals
Phupha Waree meals
Laguna Cheow Lan Raft House

Laguna Cheow Lan is located in Khlong Long tributary, in the middle of the lake. Each room have a king size and a single bed, private bathroom, a/c, balcony and can accommodate up to 3 people. The beds are on the floor.

(a new increased price will apply for Laguna Cheow Lan from January 2025 onwards)

Laguna Cheow Lan
Laguna Cheow Lan
Laguna Cheow Lan
Laguna Cheow Lan
Canoeing around Laguna Cheow Lan
Canoeing around Laguna Cheow Lan
Sai Chon Raft House (wooden)

Sai Chon Raft House is a cheaper alternative compared to high end ones, located in Khlong Long tributary of the lake, not too far from the pier. The quality is somewhere between the bamboo and high end options. The rooms can accommodate 2-4 people with king size beds, equipped with fans and has rooms with private bathroom.

Unlike the other raft houses, kayaking is not free at Sai Chon Raft House, rental will cost 200 Baht per kayak. The price is optional, not included in our listed price.

Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Sai Chon Raft House
Krai Son Raft House (bamboo option)

Krai Son Floaint Bungalows are perched at the entrance to Klong Yee at the remote end of the lake. It is equipped with traditional style bamboo bungalows (2 pax, double beds), no fan, with shared bathroom facilities on land next to the raft house. It is the only raft house on the lake with a view of sunrise and sunset. Local attractions include a viewpoint hike which overlooks the entire lake, and it is close by to the Khlong Saeng wildlife sanctuary not too far from Phupha Waree.

Krai Son Raft House doesn't have any kayaks.

Krai Sorn floating houses (basic bamboo option)
Krai Sorn floating houses (basic bamboo option)
Krai Son Raft House
Krai Son Raft House
Krai Sorn floating houses - basic bamboo rooms
Krai Sorn floating houses - basic bamboo rooms

Itinerary

The following itinerary is just an example. Depending on the location of your raft house, weather conditions, your suggestions or eventual shorter/longer time you may decide to spend at attractions may change the planning. Example; you may decide to do more kayaking, skip some activities for the other, or simply just decide to relax and spend some time with friend(s)/family at the raft house.

Day 1

Day 2

Where & when?

The tour starts at Cheow Lan Lake Pier (Rajjaprabha Dam), 65 km from park headquarters. We can arrange transfers from/to Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Ao Nang, Surat Thani and Khao Sok village on request.

The nearest airports are Surat Thani (~1h), Krabi (~2h) and Phuket Airport (~2.5h), you are recommended to arrive to the area a day before the tour start. This tour is not recommended to start the same day when arriving from the islands or to the airport far away.

This tour is operated all year round.

When to book?

High seasons months in the lake are November to April and July/August. Bookings for these months should be done far in advance, earliest possible. Even if some raft houses may still have rooms available days/weeks before, guide availability is more of a concern. The guides may get fully booked months in advance for the busiest times of the year. During the low season months there is less risk of unavailability. 

Panvaree The Greenery superior rooms should be booked at least 6-12 months in advance for the busier months of the year, even the family rooms may get room far in advance. It is one of the most popular raft houses in the lake.

Laguna Cheow Lan should be booked at least 5-6 months in advance, they are constantly fully booked at least 3-4 months ahead.

Phupha Waree can be booked a couple of months ahead, but during the high seasons they may get fully booked most dates 1-3 months ahead. There is greater risk for them to get fully booked during the week-ends.

For the dates concerning high season months from November to mid April, week-ends (Fri-Sat nights) and public holidays, the rooms at Phupha Waree should be booked well in advance. There can be rooms available for the week-days in short notice, but then again, guides may get fully booked.

Sai Chon should also be booked earliest possible for any week-end/holiday concerned dates.

Krai Son tends to have availability for the most year even if booked days/weeks in advance but can be fully booked months in advance for long week-end holidays.

Tour details in short:

  • Duration: 2 days/1 night
  • Type: Private
  • Price: * see price table *
  • Group size: 1 or more people
  • Grade: Easy
  • Transport: Long-tail boat
  • Start: 10a m (day 1)
  • End: around 10:30 to 11 am (day 2)

What to bring:

  • Rain clothing, specially on rainy season
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sneakers for hiking, sandals for waterfall/cave visit
  • Swimming clothing & towel
  • Hat
  • Flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock lotion

How much?

The tour will be led by a private guide which means no others will join you while exploring the lake and surrounding areas. The price for this tour package depends on the choice of accommodation and number of people, please see price per person further down.

The prices below do not include entrance fees to the national park.

Price per person
Pax Krai Son (bamboo) Sai Chon Phupha Waree
2 5,000 THB 6,700 THB 7,050 THB
3 4,000 THB 5,200 THB 5,300 THB
4 3,300 THB 4,450 THB 4,700 THB
5 3,000 THB 4,000 THB 4,500 THB
6 2,750 THB 3,700 THB 4,050 THB
7 2,650 THB 3,500 THB 3,850 THB
8 2,450 THB 3,350 THB 3,750 THB
Price per person
Pax Laguna Panvaree 500 Rai
2 8,000 THB 9,800 to 11,300 THB 15,600 to 31,900 THB
3 6,500 THB 9,600 to 12,000 THB 12,700 to 21,700 THB
4 5,700 THB 7,600 to 9,350 THB 11,300 to 17,400 THB
5 5,300 THB 8,500 to 11,000 THB 14,100 to 14,900 THB
6 5,000 THB 6,900 to 8,700 THB n/a
7 4,750 THB n/a n/a
8 4,600 THB n/a n/a

Displayed prices are per person

Tour rates include:

  • Lodging
  • Guide
  • Long-tail boat transportation
  • Lunch and dinner on day-1, breakfast on day-2
  • Drinking water
  • Kayaking (at Phupha Waree, 500 Rai, Laguna and Panvaree The Greenery)
  • Accident insurance during the tour (covering hospital costs)

Tour rates doesn't include:

  • Entrance fees to the park
  • Transfer to the lake from the nearby towns

Reviews from our guests

Rated 4.65/5 based on 116 customer reviews

By: | posted Sun 16 Apr, 2023 | Sai Chon

5/5 stars

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By: | posted Mon 10 Jun, 2024 | Phupha Waree

4/5 stars

We chose the 2 days/1 night option, stayed at Phuphawaree and were satisfied with our trip. Our guide Kiem was great, food was good. Waiting on the boat to see some animals can be sometimes tedious, but that’s understandable, can’t blame anyone.

By: | posted Sun 9 Jun, 2024 | Phupha Waree

5/5 stars

This national park tour was the highlight of my time in Thailand! Our guide was absolutely amazing and the views were unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. We saw so many animals, including an elephant amongst the trees!

By: | posted Tue 4 Jun, 2024 | Sai Chon

5/5 stars

Amazing tour thank you so much!

By: | posted Wed 29 May, 2024 | Panvaree

5/5 stars

Hnum was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable. He spoke very well in English which was greatly appreciated. He adapted the tour based on our interests. He took the time to chat with us. The tour was very well organized. Everyone arrived on time (transfer service and guide). Overall an unforgettable experience. Thank you!

By: | posted Wed 8 May, 2024 | Phupha Waree

5/5 stars

Our stay and experience at Khao Sok was amazing and we loved every part of our tour. What made it even better was our tour guide Hnum, he was very trustworthy and helped us learn a lot about the area. Having him as our tour guide made the experience so wholesome, relaxing but also very fun and exciting.

We will for sure be coming back for more!

By: | posted Tue 7 May, 2024 | Phupha Waree

4/5 stars

The team of Thai National park was really professional, helpful and fast to respond to any of my questions. We felt we were in good hands. Our guide Nit was also amazing. On the other hand the accomodations could easily improve (we slept at Phupha waree). The air-conditioning was hold and noisy, the food could be better. Overall we had a really good experience on the lake.

> Tour operator's response

Thanks for your feedback. :)

Historical point of view, the last few weeks has been unusually too hot in the lake, we have got many complaints about the a/c not coping well with the heat. This kind of heat waves are rare. We also read in the news that this April has globally been the hottest ever measured April month. :(

Now that the rainy season is kicking in, the heatwave seems to be over since a few days back.

Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

By: | posted Sat 4 May, 2024 | Krai Son (bamboo)

5/5 stars

We absolutely loved our private tour of Khao Sok National Park! Our guide was great and pointed out lots of animals for us. The park itself is just stunning, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life! The bamboo hut that we stayed in was hot and very basic but it really didn't matter- the trip was so amazing that we didn't care. The food was great too! Overall it was a fantastic experience and we would go again tomorrow! We were very glad we booked a private tour- it was worth the extra money

By: | posted Wed 1 May, 2024 | Sai Chon

5/5 stars

We had a fantastic private tour in the Khao Sok. Partly due to the good guidance and care of Bee (and the gentleman from the longtail boat)! He told us a lot about nature and animals. I would recommend anyone to visit Khao Sok.

By: | posted Mon 22 Apr, 2024 | Phupha Waree

5/5 stars

Amazing experience! I highly recommend to anyone looking to unwind and explore some beautiful jungle in an ethical manner