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Where to stay in Khao Sok National Park

The languid Khlong Sok village proffers a fine selection of budget to midrange lodgings, including some memorable treehouses to sleep in. Nearby park headquarters has a campground, one of many options for pitching a tent in the area. Many travellers stay one or two nights in the village along with one night in a rafthouse on spectacular Chiew Lan Lake. If a private vehicle is in the plan, consider adding an extra night in Khao Sok Valley. Some properties knock 100 to 400 baht off room rates in rainy season and add the same amount in peak season from late December through February. Others stick to a fixed price scheme all year. A lot of resorts offer package deals that include rooms, activities and possibly meals as well.


Camping and rafthouses in Khao Sok

A night on Chiew Lan Lake is worth the expense and many travellers recall it as one of the most memorable and calming experiences from their trips to Thailand. You’ll also find various types of campgrounds, including points deep in the jungle that require overnight treks to reach.


Chiew Lan Lake, Khao Sok
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Chiew Lan Lake rafthouses

# Chiew Lan Lake, Khao Sok

You glide off in a kayak on water hued like molten emerald as mist shrouds immense towers of limestone. A grey-headed eagle launches from a crag, honing in on a school of fish whose scales shine scarlet in the chalky light. Welcome to dawn on Chiew Lan Lake, where rafthouse lodgings run by Khao Sok National Park and local families float amid the breathtaking scenery.

What a setting.

What a setting. Photo: David Luekens

At least 17 rafthouses offer accommodation on Chiew Lan, also known as Khao Sok Lake or Ratchaphrapa Reservoir; see orientation for an overview. Also check out our primers on exploring Khao Sok with tours and independently for details on how to explore the lake and reach the rafthouses on your own. The closest are a 20-minute ride from the pier, while the furthest flung, Khlong Saeng Rafthouse, takes half a day to reach.

Most travellers arrange rafthouse stays as part of package tours but this is only necessary for certain privately run floating resorts. Park-run rafthouses can be booked online if you’re willing to battle the awful Thai DNP website. In theory you can also book a park-run rafthouse in the park visitor centre at the Khlong Sok village end of the park, but when we last inquired there, staff told us to arrange our stay upon arrival at Ratchaphrapa Pier.

Electricity is switched on only from 18:00 to around 22:00 at park-run rafthouses and can be sporadic elsewhere on the lake, although some high-end spots provide air-con, hot water and 24-hour lights. WiFi is not available at park-run rafthouses and we’d not expect it anywhere on the lake. A torch is essential, and don’t forget to stock up on mozzie repellents. Cell phones may not work in the remote reaches so best to call mum before you set out.

The outlook from Nang Prai Rafthouse.

The outlook from Nang Prai Rafthouse. Photo: David Luekens

The most popular park-run rafthouse is Nang Prai, set near the centre of the lake with a grand outlook to the cliffs that shelter Little Guilin. It’s often hit as the rafthouse stop on day trips, but those who stick around can join park-provided trekking and kayaking activities throughout the day. As with all Chiew Lan rafthouses, you can swim and kayak directly from your porch.

Near the far corners of the two largest southern bays, the park-run Khlong Kha and Ton Toey rafthouses are both worth a look if you find Nang Prai too central and want to see more of the lake. Set amid fluffy green hills rather than cliffs, neither of these boasts the dramatic outlook of Nang Prai, but their surrounds make up for it with exceptional kayaking and caving.

Towards the distant west end of the lake, park-run Krai Son Rafthouse is a good bet for an adventure into remote terrain. The same goes for one lonely rafthouse set way up in the wilds of Khlong Saeng (or Khlong Yah) Wildlife Sanctuary.

Floating huts tend to be pretty simple.

Floating huts tend to be pretty simple. Photo: David Luekens

Floating in rows on plastic barrels that can shift with wind and current, all park-run rafthouses are cramped bamboo or wood deals with mattresses on the floor, mosquito nets and maybe a bare light bulb hung from the roof. All guests use shared cold-water bathrooms, and facilities get rough at remote rafthouses. Food comes from park-run canteens and includes Thai standards like tom yum and stir-fried morning glory. You can buy a beer out there.

While the posted price for park-run floating huts is 400 baht per night at the visitor centre, we were quoted 1,000 baht including three meals and kayak on our most recent stop at Nang Prai Rafthouse.

Moving on to the privately run rafthouses, Smiley is a long-standing tour and lodging outfit shuttling patrons to its basic shared bathroom raft huts near the belly of the lake. Also including a full spread of activity options, the 2,500 baht price bags a lot of foreign backpackers. Many of them also stay a night at Smiley’s old bungalows back in Khlong Sok village.

Never gets old.

Never gets old. Photo: David Luekens

All other privately run rafthouses fall into the flashpacker to upscale range, some of them focusing mainly on domestic travellers. Keeree Warin looked comfy when we cruised past on Khlong Long, where you’ll also find pod-shaped rooms at the popular Phutawan Rafthouse. To the west, 500 Rai is one of a few spots offering more luxury.

So far we’ve only checked out a few of the rafthouses because accommodation research on the lake is expensive and very time consuming. This Khao Sok Lake site has a solid rundown of most rafthouses with photos, although it’s not true what they say about needing a guide to stay in one.

500 Rai Floating Resort: T: (077) 953 013 ; info@500rai.com ; https://www.500rai.com/eng/
Keeree Warin Chiewlarn Resort: Khlong Long T: (086) 475 8368
Khlong Kha Rafthouse: Khlong Kha ; T: (092) 545 9212
Krai Son Rafthouse: Khlong Yee ; T: (087) 264 0890
Nang Prai Rafthouse: Khlong Long ; T: (097) 994 9366
Phutawan Rafthouse: Khlong Long ; T: (081) 606 9007 ; (086) 281 9655 ; http://www.phutawanrafthouse.com/
Smiley Bungalow & Rafthouse: Khlong Pey and Baan Khlong Sok ; T: (089) 871 5744 ; https://khaosok-smiley.com/
Thai National Parks accommodation booking: http://nps.dnp.go.th/reservation.php?id=21
Ton Toey Rafthouse: Khlong Pey ; T: (087) 264 0890

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Camping in Khao Sok National Park

# A number of locations around the National Park

While more visitors to Khao Sok tend to stay in accommodation that actually has walls, if you prefer camping to be that little bit closer to nature, there are plenty of options—don’t think you need to restrict yourself solely to the National Park.

Simple fare at the National Park campground.

Simple fare at the National Park campground. Photo: David Luekens

The small park-run campground is set between the two main trailheads, next to headquarters and an easy stroll from the village at the western end of the park. We saw only a few tents pitched here in the peak of dry season. The park headquarters charges 30 baht per person if you’ve brought your own tent or 225 to 405 baht total for their own three-person tents; the actual price depends on the level of bedding you require. Larger tents sleep up to six and fetch 780 baht with full bedding. Campers use typical concrete-and-tile cold-water bathrooms with Western-style flush toilets and squat toilets. Do shine a light in those toilet stalls before you take a seat. Critters abound, especially at night.

Not 100 metres beyond the park gates you’ll find Khai Jungle Experience, offering two-person tents set on raised platforms for 250 baht and spartan bamboo huts that also rely on shared cold-water bathrooms for a hundred baht more. Mr Khai has a good reputation for deep-jungle treks that will also include camping. Other trekking outfits, such as Khao Sok Wild Life, offer similar camping excursions starting at 2,500 baht per person.

At Khai Jungle Experience.

At Khai Jungle Experience. Photo: David Luekens

In addition, some of the budget resorts in the village, such as Baan Khao Sok and Nung House, allow travellers with their own tents to set up on the shady lawns and use the public bathrooms for a fee. The excellent Our Jungle House provides its own tents for around 450 baht.

The Khao Sok area has many other “camps”, although some are essentially resorts with tents that look more like villas. Set high up on a hill 10 km east of park headquarters off Highway 401, Khao Sok Boutique Camps boasts quite the outlook from its spacious air-con tents with ensuite bathrooms and furnished decks, starting at around 1,800 baht. Just down the road, Khao Sok River Camp is a more modest spot set up as a rafting base.

The outlook from Khao Sok Boutique Camps.

The outlook from Khao Sok Boutique Camps. Photo: David Luekens

Khai Jungle Experience: 54/6 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok ; T: (093) 763 4910 ; https://www.facebook.com/wassana.maew1/
Khao Sok Boutique Camps: Off Highway 401 (10 km east of hq) ; T: (076) 521 850 ; (081) 367 4723 ; http://khaosokboutiquecamps.com/eng/
Khao Sok River Camp: Off Highway 401 (10 km east of hq) ; T: (097) 273 3846
Khao Sok National Park visitor centre: 1 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Son ; T: (077) 395 139 ; (077) 395 154-5 ; http://nps.dnp.go.th/parksdetail.php?id=21&name=KhaoSokNationalPark

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 30—100

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GPS: 98º31'30.96" E, 8º54'48.29" N

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Khlong Sok village (near park headquarters)

This mountain-rimmed village hosts the bulk of lodgings and tourist services for Khao Sok, as well as the national park headquarters. Those seeking a dorm will find a few little air-con hostels—Secret and Coco both looked fine—although some resorts offer private rooms for as low as 300 baht.


Moo 6 (700 m off main village road), Baan Khlong Sok
1,500B to 4,000B

Our Jungle House

# Moo 6 (700 m off main village road), Baan Khlong Sok T: (081) 417 0546 stay@khaosokaccommodation.com https://www.khaosokaccommodation.com/

With spacious treehouses set in a serene riverside setting at the foot of a cliff, the truly eco-conscious Our Jungle House and its newer sister, Our Jungle Camp, are top spots in Khao Sok.

Found at the end of a 700-metre lane off the main access road to park headquarters, these two neighbouring properties combine to offer a wonderful collection of treehouses and more typical bungalows sprinkled alongside the Sok River. Tents are also available, and there’s plenty of room to camp on 25 acres featuring nature trails, an organic farm, a yoga studio and two restaurants.

Hang out among the trees.

Hang out among the trees. Photo: David Luekens

Despite the expansion since our last visit, the place still feels small and sleepy with rooms dotted far apart among the many trees that were spared during construction. The two properties are sold separately on booking sites and each has its own reception and restaurant, but guests of both are free to wander from one to the other, involving a 100-metre stroll through a rubber grove. The two properties felt more like a single cohesive resort to us.

Built mainly of wood, the House side has the original treehouses plus a few small wood bungalows at ground level. The slightly pricier Camp has treehouses with a similar style but with more bamboo worked in. At both, the majority of rooms are actual treehouses standing tall with trunks growing through floorboards. With names like Gingah, Bird of Paradise and Bent Treehouse, each treehouse has a different aspect and no two look exactly alike.

Elevated and well kitted out.

Elevated and well kitted out. Photo: David Luekens

The treehouses are huge and well built, with riverfront editions coveted for their unfettered mountain and river outlooks. Some have bunk beds in addition to a double bed while others are connected by elevated walkways—both ideal for families or groups wanting to stay together. At the Camp side, the priciest two-floor treehouse sleeps six in 70 square metres of space, and looks like a home out of a Tolkien novel.

Along with loads of windows and narrow open slits near the roofs for airflow, every room comes with fan, mosquito net, handmade wooden furniture and safe. Smooth wood floors are a joy for the soles. Large hot-water bathrooms have partially open roofs, so keep that bathroom door close to keep ransacking monkeys out. Stairways into rooms can be steep, but adequate railings are provided upstairs.

Not all rooms are high up.

Not all rooms are high up. Photo: David Luekens

In addition to having no energy-sucking air-con, rooms are supplied with drinking water in a big refillable water tank, and another is set on central tables in the restaurants. Our Jungle also tries to recycle as much as possible, sometimes in creative ways such as sending empty juice boxes to an artist in Phuket who makes furniture out of them. Dedication to low environmental impact has clearly been built into all aspects of these properties from the start.

The dining and bar areas have a real home-style feel with mostly travelling families and couples hanging around at mealtimes, plus an assortment of local kids, cats and puppies (but, happily, no TVs). It’s a bit of a walk to the village main road, and very dark at night, so bring a torch along.

We’ve found the service warm and efficient on multiple visits, and the group offers its own yoga classes, trekking tours and plenty more.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 480—3,000
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GPS: 98º31'58.45" E, 8º54'28.84" N

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Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
600B to 1,500B

Baan Khao Sok is a top pick for an intimate, family-run ambiance and great service to go with treehouses and cheaper bungalows on offer.

The long-standing but small resort has only seven bungalows—three cooled by fan and four by air-con—set well apart on a riverside property whose only other building is a broad thatched restaurant pavilion. Guests usually get to know each other, encouraged by the helpful and good-natured manager.

Older style bungalows.

Older style bungalows. Photo: David Luekens

Fan-cooled woven-bamboo bungalows are basic and showing their age. Each comes with fan, basic hot-water bathroom, comfy bed draped in mosquito net, several windows and small porches with bamboo chairs. A bit further away from the river out in the trees are the wooden tree houses with spiral staircases and large front porches. Cooled by air-con, these stand a few metres off the ground with trunks growing through the broad deck floors. Within they have plenty of space and basin sinks in the fully enclosed tiled bathrooms.

Though we’ve not yet tried the food, the restaurant has the feel of a relaxed family room with guests chatting up staff as cats and dogs run through. Located down a side lane about 100 metres off the main village road, Baan Khao Sok is conveniently located south of the village centre.

A member of the same family runs the Royal Bamboo Lodge, sporting some of the newer bungalows in the village across from Country Resort. If you don’t mind staying a couple of km from the village centre in a quiet and scenic spot off Highway 401, Khao Sok Holiday Resort and Silver Cliff Resort are both similarly intimate, well-run spots in the same price range.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 800—1,900
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GPS: 98º31'35.38" E, 8º54'30.05" N

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53/3 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
600B to 1,500B

At most resorts, prices are sure to edge up well above the 1,000 baht mark once you add a swimming pool and air-con into the mix. Not so at Morning Mist, a terrific budget resort spread over a large riverside parcel blooming with orchids and countless other flowers.

The pretty setting, small swimming pool and notably helpful staff make Morning Mist stand out from similar options in the village. When it comes to lodgings the resort has something of an identity crisis, with tiled concrete duplex rooms, large bamboo bungalows, freestanding brushed-cement villas, two-floor brick-and-log houses and old wooden huts all vying for attention.

Clean and comfortable rooms.

Clean and comfortable rooms. Photo: David Luekens

Going for 500 baht, the cheapest fan-cooled rooms come in cramped duplexes with hot water in partially open-air bathrooms, while 750 baht bags you a large freestanding wood hut closer to the river. Comfier concrete rooms have air-con and private river access.

Interiors are simple with mosquito nets draped over soft beds and portable fans to go with some hooks and chairs on the roofed porches. Families are well taken care of by extra beds for no extra charge in some 750-baht bungalows, and two-floor stacks that allow you to rent both rooms to get yourself a full house with large balcony for around 1,500 baht. Rooms will not knock any socks off, but the walk through the gardens to reach them might.

In case the river does not appeal.

In case the river does not appeal. Photo: David Luekens

Beside the pool is a small restaurant where you can also do a cooking class, and the built-in trekking and activities outfit has a good reputation. Morning Mist sits in the heart of the village, a five-minute stroll from park headquarters. If it’s full, which is often the case, head over to Nung House or similar options on a nearby side road, or backtrack to Jungle Huts or Monkey Mansions further up the village road towards Highway 401.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 500—1,500
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GPS: 98º31'29.49" E, 8º54'41.52" N

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54/3 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
600B to 1,500B

Art’s Riverview Lodge

# 54/3 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok T: (090) 167 6818 art58guy@gmail.com http://artsriverviewlodge.com/

Eco-conscious Art’s Riverview Lodge often gets lost in the conversation between Our Jungle House and Treehouse Resort, but this longstanding spot boasts a cliff-and-river outlook that we think is bar none in Baan Khlong Sok. The rope swing doesn’t hurt either.

Yet another small resort set at the end of a dirt lane within walking distance of park headquarters, Art’s place has two room types. Tall-stilted bungalows are made of wood and set back in the forest, while brick-and-wood duplexes have one room set atop the other by the river. Both can sleep four, possibly more, and the lodge’s unusual pricing system charges by number of guests so that a solo traveller pays only 1,200 baht, a couple 1,500 and a full family 2,500. These rates include a breakfast that we’ve heard is great.

Jungle setting.

Jungle setting. Photo: David Luekens

The exclusively fan-cooled rooms were full during our most recent visit, but we could see interesting features like stained glass and partially walled-in balconies facing back towards the jungle or river.

The best part is Art’s location at a bend in the Sok River where a cliff sticks its chest out over the water. A small beach forms beneath the rock when the current is not too strong, providing one of the best places to swim in the valley. A couple of kids were having a blast with their mum when we took a seat on the river-view dining terrace.

Hi Mum.

Hi Mum. Photo: David Luekens

The lodge offers an experienced tour and trekking service, and has a good reputation for helping guests put together all-in excursions to Khao Sok.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 1,200—2,500
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GPS: 98º31'41.85" E, 8º54'27.73" N

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Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
Under 600B

Khao Sok Country Resort

# Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok T: (093) 974 9987

Flashpackers who prefer hotel-style lodgings join backpackers who settle into a dorm in exchange for access to a good-size swimming pool at Country Resort, worth keeping in mind at the centre of the village.

Fetching just shy of 1,000 baht, the double rooms in an orange concrete two-floor stack often fill up and it’s easy to see why. The price is right for spacious and clean interiors with comfy beds, glossy tile floors, ceiling fans in addition to air-con, large tiled bathrooms with hot water and even little desks and tables out on the mountain-view balcony. Sliding glass doors and fully enclosed concrete walls ensure make it hard for critters to reach your sleep space.

Bright and easy to spot.

Bright and easy to spot. Photo: David Luekens

Relying on shared hot-water bathrooms, the out-of-place mixed gender air-con dorm comes with regular single beds (no bunks) and is quite popular thanks mainly to the pool, which is shared with those staying in the bungalows at neighbouring Royal Bamboo Lodge. The decent size pool is a huge bonus for those staying in both room types, but especially for the dorm divers.

Country is a small place with a subtle cowboy theme in an attached eatery by the road. Unlike many places to stay in the village, this one does not have a built-in tour outfit. Similar options without the pool or dorm include Bamboo Family Lodge, Khao Sok B&B and Green Valley.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 200—990
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GPS: 98º31'26.61" E, 8º54'38.48" N

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233 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
1,500B to 4,000B

Long-running Khao Sok Treehouse Resort is the place to pretend you’re a guest of the ents or ewoks in rooms set high up amid the treetops.

After passing reception and a really tall steel tower with narrow footbridges up by the road, steep steps lead up to a series of steel walkways roped to wood-panel floors—safe but not recommended if you’re prone to vertigo or heavy drinking. Down below, the small swimming pool lies shrouded in greenery.

Jungle pool.

Jungle pool. Photo: David Luekens

Standing atop long steel stilts, rooms at this central section cost 3,000 to 4,000 baht and have names like “Bamboo Orchid Treehouse” and “Barbarian Honeymoon Treehouse.” Other rooms pepper the nearby forest and most sit closer to ground level, but still well draped in trees. At the cheapest end we like the stone-floored bathrooms and tree trunks through the floorboards of a few wooden huts, even if the prices seem a tad high.

Each room has its own design. Most feature at least one tree trunk inside along with comfortable bed with mosquito net and furnishings made from tree limbs. The pricier digs also have fridges and TVs, some with outdoor bathtubs, and one has an in-room tent for the kids to play camp out.

Smart rooms in the woods.

Smart rooms in the woods. Photo: David Luekens

Several family rooms are on offer and kids will never forget a stay here, especially if you go for one of the more elevated rooms or perhaps the “Cave House” where you can pretend to be a Neanderthal enjoying her air-con and DVD player. Rooms do show some wear and we’re not fans of the tan siding placed over walls in some, but Khao Sok’s original Treehouse Resort still boasts the highest-elevated treehouse-style rooms in the area.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 1,000—4,200
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GPS: 98º31'20.78" E, 8º54'16.84" N

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202 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
Under 600B

Nung House

# 202 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok T: (086) 283 1037 nunghousekhaosok@yahoo.com https://nunghouse.com/

With a name that rhymes with “stung” (as in, by a bee) and not the Thai word for number one, Nung House is our favourite out of several little family-run resorts stretching back into the palm groves on the village’s only side road.

If you don’t mind the lack of direct river access, the rooms offer great budget value and it’s a friendly place with a 1990s-founded trekking outfit built in. Budget travellers should aim for a couple of cheap wooden huts with cold water showers, bucket-flush toilets, mozzie nets over the beds and little else apart from powerful fan and two wood chairs on the porch. More than adequate for 400 to 500 baht, especially considering the service and good food at the restaurant.

Bright grounds.

Bright grounds. Photo: David Luekens

Larger rooms come in concrete or brick-and-wood cabins and duplexes and all of the prices are extremely reasonable, topping out at 1,000 baht for a large family cottage. All but the cheapest rooms are spacious and equipped with hot-water showers in fully enclosed bathrooms. They sit in a horseshoe shape around a large lawn with a swing tied to one of the trees.

As for location, you’re only 300 metres from the main village, a 10-minute walk to park headquarters and a 30-second stride from Jumanji Bar. We heard its reggae beats only until around 23:00 during our stay.

Nung is only one out of a bunch of small resorts on this road. Next door, Bamboo House is a similar choice with a smaller restaurant, while Palmview Resort has solid cabins that go for very cheap due to the location a bit further out in the palm groves. Two km further down the dirt lane, where cell coverage barely reaches, Evergreen House offers a row of cheap huts with a homestay vibe.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 300—1,000
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GPS: 98º31'40.83" E, 8º54'37.46" N

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400 Moo 6, Baan Khlong Sok
1,500B to 4,000B

A waterfall splashes down within earshot of the cushy bungalows at Rock and Treehouse Resort, featuring a natural-style swimming pool that partly utilises the existing limestone for its walls. The hidden-away place does a good job of giving Khao Sok Treehouse Resort some competition.

An impressive layout.

An impressive layout. Photo: David Luekens

The resort is set at the end of a dirt road beside a palm grove in a quiet spot with little else around. It’s a 1.5 km walk to the village centre. Set high up on concrete stilts and reached by walkways and steps perched above the pool, the modern-styled bungalows come in two fashions. We checked out one of the cheaper “flora bungalows” and found it comfy with wide windows, soft bed, modern Thai art on the walls and extras like fridge, kettle and partitioned rainshower in the hot-water bathroom.

The pricier bungalows border on “villa” and come with floor-to-ceiling windows built into rounded corners. Though we’re not sure these rooms are worth almost double the price of the others, they do have much larger bathrooms and more porch space equipped with circular daybed. All rooms appeared well kept and staffers do a good job arranging meals, tours and transport.

Rooms are smart within.

Rooms are smart within. Photo: David Luekens

If you want to be closer to the village and you’re okay with a much smaller pool, Las Orquideas Resort is a more straightforward but also well-managed resort with comfy brick bungalows in the flashpacker to midrange bracket. Other comfy options include the cute wood bungalows at Khao Sok Riverfront Resort, and, for more cash, modern Thai-style concrete rooms at Montania Resort.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 2,300—4,000
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GPS: 98º31'28.79" E, 8º54'13.85" N

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Khao Sok valley

Quite a few resorts are found along the 65-km highway that follows the Sok River between Khlong Sok village and the jumping off point for Chiew Lan Lake. If you have time and a vehicle, Cliff and River is worth a night to enjoy the marvellous setting. Further east, Baan Anurak Community Lodge’s 1,000-baht bungalows are also worth a look for a more locally immersive stay.


Highway 401 (11 km east of park headquarters)
1,500B to 4,000B

We squeezed in Cliff and River Jungle Resort set 11 km east of headquarters because its hill tumbling down to the Sok River with immense cliffs looming above is just magnificent—and worth a quick stop for the view if nothing else.

Location location location.

Location location location. Photo: David Luekens

All equipped with air-con, the resort has around 60 freestanding cabins spread out along the grassy hills. Dark wood-and-concrete bungalows were brand-spanking new when we last passed through and, while lacking pizzazz, they’re cushy with large hot-water bathrooms, shiny tile floors and sofas. The older log cabins also aren’t bad, especially the two-floor family edition at the top of the hill near reception, and the manager told us these were slated for an upgrade.

Two small but well placed swimming pools serve guests staying in both the old and new sections. Along the river sits a second stilted restaurant along with a kayak and raft launching pier—and the resort has its own rafting and tour services.

Splish splash.

Splish splash. Photo: David Luekens

It seems to get considerably more Thai guests than foreign and communication could be an issue at points, but reception treated us fine and the manager went the distance to answer our questions.

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Walk–in rates ( baht): 2,000—3,500
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GPS: 98º36'45.98" E, 8º54'11.6" N

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