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Khao Sok National Park, Surat Thani

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Trek through the dramatic scenery of Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest rainforests in the world and the wettest spot in Thailand. Jagged rock formations extend 300-600 m (984-1,969 ft) upward from Cheow Lan Lake with luscious green vegetation clinging to their sides and waterfalls tumbling from them. Elephants, tigers, tapirs, deer, boars, bears, gibbons, macaques, and many more wild animals roam the jungle (some 5 percent of the world's species in total). Take a boat across the lake, and follow winding trails that crisscross the park as you admire the bounteous flora and fauna. Flash floods, leeches, and slippery ground make the wet season significantly more dangerous, but some may wish to risk the hazards for the increased likelihood of spotting the big animals who become more active during this period. Plan your visit to Khao Sok National Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Surat Thani travel itinerary planner.
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  • Chiang Mai meets Halong bay. To my opinion the best way to describe Khao Sok. The views are incredible: lake, forrest, islands, are just priceless! This combination is unparalleled. Travelled with my ...  more »
  • The Lake at Khao Sok National Park was unlike anything I've seen. Imagine you are walking into Jurassic Park or Pandora - it was so beautiful. I definitely recommend taking a Day Lake Tour.  more »
  • This place is absolutely amazing. We visited Cheow Larn Lake and stayed the night on a floating hut which was incredible. Included in package were all meals, a jungle trek and a visit to caves. There ...  more »
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  • A beautiful and bizarre rainforest, only accessible by the water. The 2 day 1 night tour offers a glance at its nature and wildlife while being looked after for from breakfast (including monkeys closely watching the kitchen) to dinner by the friendly guides and staff. Beers and chips for sale, don't either to bring some cards or other games to kill time!
  • One of the most amazing places in Thailand! History and views of the lake are beyond the edge of imagination. Even rainy day is not excuse for missing the chance to see the lake.
  • This is a gem inside Thailand many people miss. If you get here, you will see a stunning tropical evergreen forest, hear many birds and insects (and see gibbons or other mammals if you're lucky). The village near the entrance is still not over crowded with hoards of tourists, it's quiet and relaxing with many restaurants and local shops. When you get here, you have to book a tour for half/one or more days and they all sell the same thing. You can try to walk the treks by yourself, but it's not recommended. Also a 2 days trip to the lake is highly recommended. Overall this place is great for a laid back time with some trekking in between in a beautiful jungle.
  • Such a Wonderful Place. Surrounded by the Nature. I Really fall in Love with this Place. Want to come here again and again.
  • Amazing park. The main attraction is a giant lake created by a dam. You can stay on rafts on the lake and explore caves and see widlife. It is truly remote, cell phones don't even get reception. Overall one of my best natural exploring experiences. I will definitely go back and spend even more time there.

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Staying in Surat Thani can be a refreshing change of pace after the heavily touristed destinations of the surrounding islands. The prevalence of high-rise, affordable yet midrange hotels in Surat Thani offers the chance to experience the buzz of the city from an authentic vantage point. Plenty of budget-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts, and backpacker-friendly hostels also exist in Surat Thani. If you're after a basic, clean room from which to base your exploits then you have plenty to choose from in central Surat Thani.
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