Have you ever been to Khao Sok? If not and you are visiting Khao Lak, then we strongly suggest making a trip there. Khao Sok is one of the most beautiful places in Southern Thailand – the rainforest is reportedly older than the Amazon. That’s pretty impressive, isn’t it?
On a typical day tour you will be blown away as you drive into Khao Sok National Park and are greeted by the lush green jungle, especially at this time of year just after rainy season when all the plants are a vivid green colour. Last week we had an interesting tour to the National Park with a family from Denmark. The parents and 3 kids came from Nakornsithammarat where they were staying on holiday. We met them at the Elephant Camp where they had the chance to ride the elephants around the jungle. This was their first time in Thailand and their first time elephant trekking; Khao Sok is definitely the best place for your first elephant trek.
After the elephant trek we went to a spot along the Sok River where we stepped onto the bamboo rafts. I am a big fan of this activity as it’s so peaceful, you just drift along the river taking in the dramatic Khao Sok Jungle life around you. My favourite part is when we step off the rafts onto the bank of the river at a secluded opening. Here we make coffee in a stick of bamboo and serve it in bamboo cups with snacks to our guests; it’s really unique and Green Andaman Travel are the only tour operator who do this. Guests can take home the bamboo cup if they like as a nice souvenir of the trip. Bamboo is the most sustainable resource as it grows so fast, so we’re not hurting the environment 🙂
Next we went onto Cheow Lan Lake, otherwise known as Khao Sok Lake, where we met our longtail and travelled across the water to the raft house where we were to stay that night. We’re now introducing Kee Ree Warin Resort as a luxury alternative to the usual bamboo raft houses. These floating bamboo huts are no average lake accommodation; the rooms have ensuite facilities, are decorated beautifully and the location is wonderful.
At the raft house we spent some time relaxing before dinner. The kids swam, played on the kayaks and we even tried a little bit of fishing. Then we had dinner before a good nights sleep in the silence of Khao Sok Lake.
The next morning we woke up at 5.30 for a sunrise safari. We took the longtail boat out into the lake while the mist was still settled around the mountains, a truly magical sight. I was really excited because we saw 3 Gibbons in the wild on this sunrise safari. The previous week I had seen the first wild gibbon I had seen in years in Khao Sok, so seeing these 3 together was a real treat! The mornings are definitely the best time in the lake because you get to see wildlife waking up and in their natural habitat. It’s the coolest time of the day, so good for us too 🙂 We also saw a few hornbills, Khao Sok is full of these but that doesn’t make it less exciting when you see them.
After the Sunrise Safari we went back to the floating huts and had breakfast. The food at Kee Ree Warin is really good and they will cater for everyone. I had a traditional Thai breakfast of rice soup and the kids had pancakes and omelette. It was important to fill up on food as the next activity was a 3 hour trek!
Luckily this family were quite sporty and fit because the trek was long and up hill at many times. It was worth it when we got there as the views were breathtaking. Along the way we saw Wild Boar footprints, but no elephant or tiger tracks this time 🙂 The kids were great, this is not on our usually itineraries, but we’re always pleased to change things around if guests wish.
After the trek we swam in the lake and spent some more time kayaking before getting back on the boat and heading to the pier. From here we drove back to Nakorn and said goodbye to our guests; I think that they left after having a really lovely time on the lake and in Khao Sok National Park.
This season Green Andaman Travel is looking forward to getting back to Khao Sok and the beautiful lake. The season kicked off with a couple of diving trips to the lake at the beginning of October; this will be a new trip for us combing land and diving activities in the one tour, adding to our long list of Khao Sok day tours and overnight excursions.
The 2012-2013 season is looking good and we’re excited to get going and show people beautiful, magical, mystical Khao Sok.
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