Plenty of options to choose from
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.
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.
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.
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
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
From 30 baht for DIY through to 1,800 baht for glamping
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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