Bike ride the back roads, pass through local villages
Khao Sok National Park is one of the oldest rainforests in the world and home to the man-made Cheow Lan Lake. It is conveniently located in Southern Thailand, between the two coasts, and in the morning you will transfer from either Surat Thani or Khao Lak to your Khao Sok community lodge*. It is on the edge of Khao Sok National Park, surrounded by breath-taking lime stone cliffs, rising high above the ancient forests.
In the afternoon, go bicycling in Khao Sok along the local back roads. Start on the main road, but quickly enter the local gravel and forested roads. Bike over a couple of hills, up a quiet village road, and past exotic fruit trees, brightly colored flowers, and quaint little Thai homes. On the way, stop to marvel at the limestone cliffs that surround you, and learn about the fruit orchards, rubber tree and palm oil plantations. Just ask your guide!
At dinner time, join a jungle dinner food demonstration to get a feeling for cooking in this region and with the local ingredients. You will leave with a full stomach and a better understanding of the local food culture before settling for the night.
Accommodation: Anurak Community Lodge in double or twin room bungalows with own bathroom
Stay on a raft hours, swim in the clear lake water, hike the jungle and enjoy the quiet life on the lake
Wake up to the sound of birds singing and gibbons calling from the treetops. Have breakfast in the early morning as the mist slowly lifts itself from the mountains.
Check out and head towards the Cheow Lan Lake. Upon arrival at the Rajaprabha Dam you will board a long tail boat and head deep into a remote corner of the lake. Surrounding you is the giant limestone cliffs, green rainforest, and bold trees rising from the water surface.
Around noon, you will arrive at the raft house, where you can check-in to your very own floating traditional Thai style bungalow. It is a basic overnight stay, but the panoramic views and the lake access is the main draw anyway. Explore the area, relax, and take a swim.
After a traditional Thai lunch you will go on an afternoon trek through the ancient jungle of Khao Sok. Depending on the season, your guide may take you through a local cave, show you edible plant species, how to find drinking water in bamboo, or how to spot wildlife in the canopy. Please wear closed shoes, suitable for trekking.
Return to the raft house in the late afternoon and enjoy a bit of free time to relax, swim and shower. As the sun sets over the lake, enjoy a Thai dinner, and the quietness of the lake; stars sparkling above and nothing but nature around you.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Khiri Thara Rafthouse in double or twin room bungalows with own bathroom and fan
Departure from Khao Sok National Park to your onwards destination
Rise before breakfast and enjoy tea or coffee before boarding a long tail boat for a morning mist wildlife safari. From your boatyou may see macaque monkeys, dusty languars, great hornbills, wild boars, gibbon monkeys, and if you are lucky, a wild elephant!
Back at the raft house, enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast and a bit of free time to swim and relax. Around noon you will check out from your raft house, have lunch and prepare to return to dry land. You will go by long tail boat back to the pier through the magical landscape. Once you reach the pier around, you will continue by minivan to Surat Thani train station (unless you choose another destination - see under excluded from price).
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Transportation from/to Surat Thani train station/airport or Khao Lak is included. Other destinations are possible for an extra fee. Please let us know your start/end location and desired pick-up/drop-off time upon booking.
The Khao Sok Adventure is done in cooperation with local community operators, and their English may not always be perfect.
The tour lets you explore Thailand's oldest rainforest, and while the above is a general outline of the activities, the actual program is dependent on the local community, the weather/season and the group's general willingness and fitness level. As such, the tour itinerary may change without prior notice where the tours/sights may be substituted, and/or the sequence may be changed. We do not hold any liability in this regard, and we encourage you to meet the local life in the rainforest with an open mind. The experience will be extraordinary regardless.
It is not possible to bring large suitcases to the raft house. In case you are travelling with a large suitcase, our local staff will store them and return them to you at the pier upon your departure from the raft house.