Private Tour | 3-days/2-nights private tour in Cheow Lan Lake
Situated between Khao Sok National Park and Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Cheow Lan Lake has one of the most beautiful scenic views in Thailand.
While a 2-day/1-night stay leaves less time for various activities due to check-in and check-out times from the raft houses, a 3-days/2-nights tour gives a much better opportunity to enjoy more of the attractions and activities around the lake.
With the 3-days/2-nights 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 and drive around in the vicinity of your raft house for wildlife watching. The tour includes two nights stay in a raft house of your choice, a private guide and a private boat with driver.
Why to book?
While the group tours offered by most companies are conducted with larger boats, shared by 12-18 people and has a fixed itinerary, no others will share the guide or the boat with you during our tours. Our tours are strictly private and flexible.
Raft house options
500 Rai (deluxe)
500 Rai 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;
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
Panvaree The Greenery Raft House (deluxe)
While most raft houses in the lake have on average around two dozen bungalows, Panvaree The Greenery Raft House 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;
- Superior 2 pax - For 2 adults or 2 adults + small child (child to share same bed as parents but quoted half price). Room can be with either a double bed or two single beds, unfortunately can't be chosen, either one can be booked depending on availability and other circumstances.
- Family rooms; For 3+ pax
The price for rooms varies depending on week-day, week-end day or holidays.
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 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.
Sai Chon Raft House
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 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.
Krai Son Raft House (basic bamboo)
Krai Son is 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.
We do not recommend Krai Son to families with kids.
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.
- 10 am, Board your long-tail boat at Rajjaprabha Dam (Cheow Lan Lake Pier) enjoy the scenic tour of limestone karst formations on the way to floating bungalows
- Check in to the raft house. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch
- Depart for a guided hike to a nearby viewpoint which has a breathtaking view over the lake
- Return to the raft house for a swim, relax and enjoy the scenery
- Afternoon wildlife safari by boat
- Enjoy your dinner
- Board long tail boat for a morning wildlife safari by boat
- Return to the rafthouse for free time
- After lunch, guided jungle hike
- Return to the raft house for a swim, relax
- Enjoy a traditional Thai dinner
- Rise before breakfast for the morning mist safari, the best time to gibbons, macaques and dusky leaf monkeys
- Return to raft house for breakfast
- Explore the surrounding area by kayak
- Depending on the raft house and it's location, check-out from the raft house is around 9:30 am, tour ends around 10:30 to 11 am
Where & When?
The tour starts in Cheow Lan Lake (Rajjaprabha Dam), 65 km from park headquarters. It is easy to get to nearby Ban Takhun Town with buses operating from various destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi or Surat Thani. Private transfers by taxi or minivan can be arranged on request.
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 for the high seasons months, 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.
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: 3 days/2 nights
- Type: Private tour
- Price: * see price table *
- Group size: 2 or more people
- Grade: Easy
- Transport: Long-tail boat
- Start: 10 am (day 1)
- End: around 10:30 to 11 am (day 3)
What to bring:
- Rain clothing, specially on rainy season
- Sneakers for hiking, sandals for waterfall/cave visit
- Personal toiletries
- Swimming clothing & towel
- Insect repellent
- Sunblock lotion
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.
Coral Cave Rafthing
- From Krai Son or Phupha Waree raft houses; 1,400 Baht fixed price and 200 Baht per person entrance fee for Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- From Sai Chon or Panvaree The Greenery raft houses; 400 Baht fixed price and 200 Baht per person entrance fee for Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary
Wildlife oriented tour?
Although our tour is more about visiting the attractions, enjoying the scenery and water activities in the lake, our price includes a bit of safari driving around the lake in hope to see a glimpse of wildlife around.
If you wish a more wildlife oriented tour, we can arrange it for an additional change depending on the raft house location, then our guide could take you to Khlong Saeng tributary on the north/west end of the lake one afternoon. Please let us know in case. The wildlife oriented tour is only suitable for the 2nd day over a 3D/2N tour.
- From Krai Son or Phupha Waree; +2,000 Baht
- From Sai Chon or Panvaree The Greenery; +3,000 Baht
|Price per person
|Krai Son (bamboo)
|Price per person
|15,000 to 17,400 THB
|25,800 to 54,000 THB
|15,000 to 19,100 THB
|21,300 to 39,300 THB
|11,500 to 14,300 THB
|19,100 to 32,800 THB
|13,900 to 17,600 THB
|17,700 to 25,000 THB
|10,900 to 13,500 THB
Displayed prices are per person
Tour rates include:
- Long-tail boat transportation
- Lunch and dinner on day-1, all meals on day-2 and breakfast on day-3
- Drinking water
- 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
By: World Wild Hearts | posted Sun 16 Apr, 2023 | Sai Chon
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By: Caroline Legault | posted Sun 3 Mar, 2024 | Sai Chon
We adored our tour with Bee, our amazing guide so knowledgeable about the area, and Son, our boat captain who can spot wildlife from miles away. Amazing scenery, kayaking, and a lot of boat rides to spot wildlife. We were fortunate enough to see wild elephants. We did take the extra wildlife tour, however we did not see a lot of wildlife during that extra tour and it was a very long boat ride , so not sure we would have done it had we known how much boating it would requiere, however all the rest was truly amazing and having a private guide did make it very special for us.
By: Kim Smith | posted Sun 3 Mar, 2024 | Phupha Waree
We had a lovely 3D/2N in Kao Sok at Phupa Wharee. It was very good organised from the start of the booking at the site with Guitar. But Ann and the boatcaptain where perfect. We had a private tour and we can recommend it to everybody.
By: Cherylee | posted Sun 3 Mar, 2024 | Sai Chon
Took a 3 day, 2 night private tour and stayed at Soi Chon Raft house. Our tour guide, Tim, was 5 out 5, and so was our long tail boat driver. We even saw elephants twice!! Monkeys, wild pigs and neat birds too. Our guide Tim showed us a cool spider hole on our waterfall walk, she tapped at a small round paper type door, about the size of a large coin, and out popped a spider. You would never know it was there!
The Sai Chon rafthouse was a model of efficiency, moving day trippers and overnight guests in and out for meals and room turnover. However, the condition of the rafthouse complex was rather dilapidated; rooms are basic, and slightly dirty, and the boardwalks need serious attention as there were rotted planks every few steps. This is similar to a camp experience, except we had our own bathroom. The overall organization by Thai National al Parks was impressive and ran like a well oiled machine.
Tour operator's response
Thanks for your kind words. You are very lucky to have seen elephants twice, changes to see once is perhaps around 30-40% over a 3D/2N tour this time of the year.
We have already pointed out the conditions of the boardwalk, and that certain rooms need attention. Due to the nature of the lake, not only humid, the boardwalk being floating on the water, naturally gets a bit rotten over the time, and an expensive subject to change. Deffo needs to be addressed soon. But unfortunately we are not managing these raft houses, we can only forward the complaints to them.
By: Lorna Wigmore | posted Fri 1 Mar, 2024 | Phupha Waree
My husband and I had a great tour with Junn. She was so kind and helpful and loved the animals. We had a great stay at the raft house and used the kayaks to see some gibbons. Thank you very much
By: Emily Rubrich | posted Thu 29 Feb, 2024 | Panvaree
This was an absolute, must do tour if you are visiting southern Thailand! Our tour guide M was amazing, helping us see tons of wildlife and all of the majestic beauty that Khao Sok has to offer. He was so knowledgeable and helpful in making the most of our experience.
By: Erik Vertegaal | posted Thu 29 Feb, 2024 | Sai Chon
Nice tour. Beautiful area, nice guide. Unfortunately we had to wait for more than 1 hour after the guide arrived. I think he had to arrange a boat. But that took long
Tour operator's response
Very sorry for the late start of the tour. This year has been mental in the lake, I can only refer to our bookings which has done up with 40%, but I think general visitors in the lake has gone up much more than that, resulting in boat shortages.
All our guides are supposed to secure a boat prior to a booking, we will discuss with the guide what went wrong, moreover why we weren't updated about the issue. :(
By: Aurelien | posted Mon 26 Feb, 2024 | Sai Chon
Amazing expérience, surrounded by animals and plants!
Special thanks to our guide Ruam!
By: Tony Pacello | posted Sun 25 Feb, 2024 | Phupha Waree
The trip was absolutely fantastic! Ann was such an incredible guide and we felt our experience was very personalized and away from where it was busy from other tours. We would HIGHLY recommend not only Thai National Parks to anyone visiting, but Ann as an amazing tour guide! Thank you again!
By: Riku Kobayashi | posted Sun 25 Feb, 2024 | Phupha Waree
June was an outstanding tour guide packed with knowledge of the Khao Sok national park and great English speaker consider it is her second language. We would like to say thank you for great hospitality and had an unreal experience out in the wild.