Khao Sok National Park is a dense rainforest with a great diversity of wildlife and plants. It is famous for its iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, floating bungalows, caves, and its beautiful man-made Cheow Lan Lake. Booked through Viator, this all-day Khao Sok National Park on Cheow Lan Lake tour from Krabi is a must-do activity if you’re visiting the southern region, especially if you love nature as much as we do!
- 8am – 10am: Hotel pickup and drive 2 hours to Khao Sok
10am – 11am: Meet with our tour guide and head off on a 45-minute lake tour to the floating bungalows
11am – 12:30pm: Have lunch and relax, swim or kayak after
12:30pm – 3pm: Head to a jungle hike (via long-tail boat) to Coral Cave, including bamboo rafting
3pm – 4pm: Meet back at the bungalows and take a 45-minute long-tail boat back to the pier
4pm – 6pm: Head back to Krabi
Hotel roundtrip transfer
Water, snacks, and fruits
Long-tail boat transfer
National Park and jungle hike entrance fee
Our driver, Rudy, picked us up from our hotel lobby right at the stated time of 8 am. We headed off down the road to pick up another woman (from Ukraine!) who joined us on our journey to the Thai jungle. Rudy had asked if we had eaten breakfast yet. When we stated ‘no’, he kindly offered to take us to a plaza on the way to the park for us to pick up coffee and breakfast. How thoughtful! Though the tour provide drinking water, soda, and bananas, we both have a monstrous appetite so bananas definitely would not have filled our rumbling stomach until lunch time.
During the two-hour drive, we chatted with our fellow Ukrainian traveler as well as Rudy to learn more about the surrounding region. Two hours later, we arrived at our destination – Cheow Lan Lake.
We were handed off to our tour guide Furek to join a larger group who were already waiting at the pier. (P.S. I’m actually not sure how to spell his name so I just spelled it the way it sounded :P). Once everyone was accounted for, we ventured off to our long-tail boat tour of Cheow Lan Lake.
Pro Tip: Stay at the back of the line if you have front row seats. They board riders from back to front, so if you want good photos, grab a seat in the front!
Although the online description said that we would be spending two hours on the lake, it was actually only 45-minutes one-way, and what a magnificent boat ride it was.
It was one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to, with over 100 islands of towering limestone cliffs that give the emerald lake its fairy-take scenery.
Cool winds blew danced across our faces and weaved blissfully through our hair. We closed our eyes and took in the air around us.
We ended our boat ride at the floating bungalows to have lunch. Lunch consisted of unlimited servings of Thai egg omelette, fried fish, vegetables, curry, rice, and cut fruit. We <3 freshly cut fruit so much!
P.S. You could actually stay overnight in the floating bungalows if you had wish to come here on your own!
Kayak equipment is included in the tour, so we only needed to provide a refundable deposit to ensure that no damage is made to the paddles or kayaks, so be careful with the equipment or else you won’t get your deposit back!
We kayaked for a little bit before we started our 90-minute jungle trek with Furek. A few members of the group did not pay extra for the jungle hike so they stayed behind while the rest of us took off for hiking and cave exploring. We took a 15-minute long-tail boat to the start of the trail and arrived with views of towering limestone rocks in the backdrop.
The trek itself was easy with slight incline. Along the trail, Furek educated us on the inhabitants of the park and pointed out spiders, insects, and gibbons along the way.
At the end of the trail, we came across more floating bungalows and from there, we took a bamboo raft to the cave.
This was the fun part! The bamboo raft was surpassingly sturdy. Bamboo raft has now become our #1 mode of transportation in Thailand 😉
Once we got to the cave, Furek handed us headlights and showed us around the stalactites cave.
Bats sleep in the caves! They’re the black circular things in the photo below.
After exploring the rest of the cave and witnessing Furek’s shadow puppet show, we walked back to the bamboo raft and started our trek back to the floating bungalows to meet back with the rest of the group that stayed behind. Then we (sadly) journeyed back to Krabi, exhausted but adventurously and humbly fulfilled by the hospitality of Furek and Rudy.
Khao Sok National Park is a beautiful and magical place in Thailand that we highly recommend you see if time permits. It is well worth the long drive to Khao Sok National Park from Krabi. All of our tour guides were extremely friendly, welcoming, and kind. They really made the effort to give you a good experience, and their sense of gratitude and service forever humbled us. This was, hands down, one of our favorite things we did in Thailand. To book this tour, click here.