Great setting, not great value
Khao Sok National Park, Khlong Sok T: (025) 610 777, (077) 395 154 F: (077) 395 139
Just inside the park's entrance you'll find some basic youth hostel accommodation with shared baths that are little more than extremely hard single beds set in rows in a large, imposing building near the restaurant.
Shared bathrooms are in a separate building next door. Though this is a decent option if looking for the absolute cheapest bed around, it's possible to get a very cheap private bungalow not too far outside the park gates, so don't expect the park's youth hostel to have the same kind of traveller meet up atmosphere as your typical hostel. However, if you go this route you may very well end up with a big old room all to yourself. Not far from the youth hostel building there is also a large stone and wood cottage suitable for a couple or small family, but beware that beds are rock hard here as well, so much so that when we asked for info on the cottage at the visitor centre we were told that it's not for foreigners because the beds are too firm. Even so, the cottage has a fan, hot water bathroom (with 24 hour electricity), and a large front overlooking a quiet, shady hillside near the forest. On our latest visit in November 2014 the park accommodation was completely booked up with Thai school groups, so we weren't able to get a look inside. Rooms may be booked at the visitor's centre or online at the Department of National Parks website.
By Lana Willocks
Last updated on 1st December, 2014.