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Khao Sok National Park

Posted by rocketgirl on 4/10/2007 at 21:08

Does anyone have any information about staying at Khao Sok National Park? I would ideally like to stay there for 2 days/3 nights in January 08, however I can't afford the tour prices, but still want to spend a night on a rafthouse on the lake. I've found some accommodation in the jungle, but I can't seem to find anything on the lake. Is there a way of booking this without resorting to a tour? Also how do you get from the jungle to the lake?

I may end up having to resort to a tour though - if so can anybody recommend a good tour company?

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Posted by marianwarren on 5/10/2007 at 02:17

hi

All the guesthouses offer tours including the rafthouse overnight stay - most probably all the same crew. I would wait until I got to Khao Sok before booking anything.

Regards

Marian

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Posted by roverinexile on 5/10/2007 at 04:26

Agreed with Marian - all guest houses have tours & walks. We just took a day walk along the river (not much water when we went).

Be warned if you're taking a minivan on to Krabi. All the guest house owners lie about where it drops you off. It doesn't take you to downtown Krabi or the ferry terminal, but to a travel agency outside the town, where you are pressured to buy tickets to the islands. If you decline, they offer to take you into the ferry terminal for 50THB, but drop you at the old terminal, instead of the new one, and give the wrong times for the ferries to Lanta etc. Instead, you can walk a couple of hundred yards and get a songthaew to the terminal for a couple of baht. Just take care and use regular public transport as much as possible.

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Posted by khunwilko on 5/10/2007 at 09:33

I drove there in a 4WD which proved quite useful as it was pretty wet. (It IS rain forest!).
Unfortunately I haven't got the address of where we stayed to hand. But I would recommend a night walk if they do one at your chosen guesthouse

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Posted by rocketgirl on 5/10/2007 at 15:18

Thanks - especially for the warnings about the Krabi minivans.

Do any of you know if Khao Sok National Park gets booked out around Christmas and New Year? I'll be getting there on 2-3rd Jan 08. I've looked at a few guesthouse reviews and think I'll go with Art's Riverview Guesthouse. If anyone's stayed there and could tell me what it's like I'd appreciate it. I'm scared of spiders (yes I know there's loads of them there!!), so I want to stay somewhere with a decent mosquito net, or I'll never be able to sleep cause I'll be scared!!!

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Posted by exacto on 5/10/2007 at 21:19

hey rocket,

the christmas and new years holiday is a very busy time in thailand. things can get booked out, so you'd do well to book your accommodation and transportation ahead of time if you know where you plan to be.

i can't say if art's riverview has good mossie nets or not, but if spiders are a big issue for you, you might want to purchase your own mossie net and carry it with you. that way you'll be properly protected at art's and anywhere else you happen to stay on your holiday. take care.

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Posted by karyn on 6/10/2007 at 22:12

Hi Rocketgirl,

I stayed at Art's last summer and would recommend it. It is small enough that Art will help you with whatever you need. The treehouses are well kept and spacious...the nets are fine. Art's food is also quite good and the restaurant setting is great. Actually, the setting of the whole property is enjoyable. I took the river rafting tour and it was fun.

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Posted by raffaela on 13/11/2007 at 06:22

Rocket Girl, i've never been in Thailand (will be there in 10 days) but while surfing the net i've found this places in Khao Sok, maybe it's the sort of places you wanted?
http://www.paddleasia.com/khao-sok-bungalows.htm
http://www.paddleasia.com/khao-sok-river-bungalows.htm

i'd love to go on the treehouse one
also its says in Khao Sok they don't have mosquitos!! wonderful news

have a fabulous trip
Raffaela : )

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Posted by khunwilko on 13/11/2007 at 09:59

Anyone claiming no mosquitoes is clearly telling porkies....so what else are they misleading you about?????

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Posted by raffaela on 13/11/2007 at 18:02

oh yes in every forum there's somebody who's too lazy to make the effort of finding useful informations for others (..."unfortunately I haven't got the address of where we stayed to hand..."),but is very quick to criticize others contributions... you won the prize, this time, khunwilko.
i was just quoting from this site http://www.paddleasia.com/khao-sok-bungalows.htm " Mosquito netting is supplied, though mosquitoes are rare in Khao Sok for some strange reason" I have admitted in the first place i haven' been there so - instead of talking about "porkies"- why don't you give us your experience? Did you find lots of mosquitos in the park? what season ? where exactly? this way you could be useful, not just plain negative....

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Posted by khunwilko on 13/11/2007 at 19:43

Yes I have been as I said...OK...and any info I give or don't give is well informed and reasonably accurate....As for giving you the benefit of my experience....you must be joking....enjoy your bout of dengue fever!

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Posted by khunwilko on 13/11/2007 at 19:46

Furthermore I have work to do and if you think I'm running around because some idiot like you is incapable of telling the difference between competent research and an advert.....etc etc.....

now rearrange these words into a well known phrase or saying......blow arse go it of out your

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/11/2007 at 21:01 admin

Well, it's taken up some 10,000 odd posts, but it's always a coming of age for a messageboard when a couple of members start slanging it out... reminds me a bit of Thorntree ;-)

raffaela, khunwilko -- thanks for spicing up the discussion, but appreciated if it endeth here!

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Posted by raffaela on 14/11/2007 at 05:02

You are right Somtan, i'll definitely end it here, there's not much to add, i think.
thanks : )

Raffaela

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Posted by regina5 on 14/11/2007 at 05:13

Rocketgirl I think this might be what you were looking for. The downside is that it might be difficult to get here without a car: http://tinyurl.com/2c2zvo

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Posted by raffaela on 14/11/2007 at 07:10

Rocketgirl, this is the one Karyn was talking about (Art's place), without the tour.
http://krabidir.com/artsriverviewlodge/index.htm
i'll tell you about mosquitos when back ; )

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Posted by karyn on 15/11/2007 at 07:52

When I was at the park, I met up with a tour group who stayed on the lake. They had mixed reviews of the accommodations for their one night and were glad to be staying at Art's.

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Posted by EmjayReet on 19/11/2007 at 19:15

Rocketgirl,

If staying at Arts request Treehouse A B or C - they are the best ones in the nicest area... our first night we were in D and it was shocking... we were then moved to I think it was A or B and it was a totally different ballgame!!

We booked all ours through Kris at www.limestonelaketours.com and found the price really competitive to what we could do ourselves... however if you book into Arts you can arrange the floating rafthouses yourself through there...

I would look at Kris' prices first though... you can see our blog on Khao Sok at www.travelblog.org/bloggers/reet - I think the blog is on Page 2

Reet x

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Posted by Bananushka on 21/12/2011 at 04:08

If you want to get to Khao Sok’s floating rafts on the lake by yourself without booking a tour, here’s how we did it.
First, you can catch a Phuket-bound bus if coming from Surattani, or a Surattani-bound bus if coming from Phuket/Khao Lak. You can take the public bus, which shouldn’t cost more than 140 baht per person. You either buy a ticket at the bus station or pay onboard. Tell the ticket person on the bus that you want to go to Ratchaprapha Dam. They will stop right at the entrance to the road that leads to the dam/pier. Now the trick is to find someone who will take you right to the pier; ideally, that would be a taxi of some sort. However, since you will be dropped off in a village/little town, we didn’t see any taxis other than motorbike taxis. If you have a large backpack with you, that might not be convenient. We asked around and found someone who took us there on his pickup and charged 500 for 4 people.
Once you arrive at the pier, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the National Park (for 200 baht). Then most likely you will be approached by representatives of various raft houses on the lake and offer you to stay with them. There are about a dozen different places, some of the names are: Putawan, Ha Roi Rat, Chiaw Lan, Nang Prai, Tone Toey, Krai Sorn. As far as we understand, they all charge the same – 2,000 baht for boat transfer both ways, and 600 baht per person per night including 3 meals a day. We stayed at Putawan raft house, they have newer huts that cost 1,000 baht per person. We stayed in one of the older huts and paid 600 per person. The meals were great, they always served a lot of food and bottled water with each meal. Additional drinks (such as pop and beer)/meals are extra. Putawan is the very first raft house, closest to the dam at about 30 minutes travel by boat. Service was great and we enjoyed our stay very much. Their site is http://www.putawanrafthouse.com. You can call them right from the pier and they will send a boat for you. Included in the boat transfer were night and morning safaris. They also helped us arrange minivan transfer back to Surattani.
I hope this helps to anyone looking to just stay on the beautiful lake and not do the tour offered by tour companies. Please ask me questions if you have any. Enjoy!

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Posted by Bananushka on 21/12/2011 at 04:09

If you want to get to Khao Sok’s floating rafts on the lake by yourself without booking a tour, here’s how we did it.
First, you can catch a Phuket-bound bus if coming from Surattani, or a Surattani-bound bus if coming from Phuket/Khao Lak. You can take the public bus, which shouldn’t cost more than 140 baht per person. You either buy a ticket at the bus station or pay onboard. Tell the ticket person on the bus that you want to go to Ratchaprapha Dam. They will stop right at the entrance to the road that leads to the dam/pier. Now the trick is to find someone who will take you right to the pier; ideally, that would be a taxi of some sort. However, since you will be dropped off in a village/little town, we didn’t see any taxis other than motorbike taxis. If you have a large backpack with you, that might not be convenient. We asked around and found someone who took us there on his pickup and charged 500 for 4 people.
Once you arrive at the pier, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the National Park (for 200 baht). Then most likely you will be approached by representatives of various raft houses on the lake and offer you to stay with them. There are about a dozen different places, some of the names are: Putawan, Ha Roi Rat, Chiaw Lan, Nang Prai, Tone Toey, Krai Sorn. As far as we understand, they all charge the same – 2,000 baht for boat transfer both ways, and 600 baht per person per night including 3 meals a day. We stayed at Putawan raft house, they have newer huts that cost 1,000 baht per person. We stayed in one of the older huts and paid 600 per person. The meals were great, they always served a lot of food and bottled water with each meal. Additional drinks (such as pop and beer)/meals are extra. Putawan is the very first raft house, closest to the dam at about 30 minutes travel by boat. Service was great and we enjoyed our stay very much. Their site is http://www.putawanrafthouse.com. You can call them right from the pier and they will send a boat for you. Included in the boat transfer were night and morning safaris. They also helped us arrange minivan transfer back to Surattani.
I hope this helps to anyone looking to just stay on the beautiful lake and not do the tour offered by tour companies. Please ask me questions if you have any. Enjoy!

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Posted by Elegance999 on 8/2/2012 at 08:22

Thank you all for the informative inputs.

Bananushka, I found your post particularly interesting since I would love to stay in the national park itself somewhere eco-friendly. I love the fact that Putawan has no electricity! I want to feel that I have minimal impact on the environment.This may sound ignorant, but what is the difference between staying outside of the park, for example in Our Jungle House/ Art Review and staying in accomodation within the park?

Can someone help? I like the ree houses and I don't think they have them in the park, but can someone give me insight into this?

Many thanks!

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Posted by Elegance999 on 8/2/2012 at 09:01

Another query regarding transport:

From Khao Sok:
Has anyone travelled from Khao Sok National Park to Bangkok? what is the easiest and safest tour? Are there overnight trains/coaches and are they clean and safe?

To Khao Sok:
Has anyone travelled directly from Phuket Chalong Pier to Khao Sok National Park?
Can I ask you Bananushka is any of your group spoke Thai? How did you manage to get a ride from the dam area to the pier?

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Posted by nnaghilu on 23/9/2012 at 08:29

Dear Bananushka,
Hi.
I have stayed in Phutawan just for some hours and not stay the night there.
in Novomber I want to spend one night in the lake in rafthouse.
Do you know which rafthouse is better (regarding their location, service, .....)
If the people in puthawan could speak English then I call them to book rafthouse and boat?
If the price for boat includes night and morning saffari???

Thank you for your time to reply.
Nahid

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Posted by jodymm on 22/1/2013 at 07:31

Khao Sok National Park

Ok....are we crazy attempting to go the KSNP in August 2013? Leeches Snakes Mud.....any comments from those who have been in the month of August? We will be down South and if we don't go there where else would be good to go at this time. We also have 8 days at East Railay.

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Posted by tezza on 24/1/2013 at 03:07

Well August usually sees fine weather in the southern Gulf, so if this is an issue you could head to Phangan, Tao or Samui.

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Posted by robinwhite on 24/1/2013 at 10:17

Khao Sok park is very big in size. It is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand. In this park you can get guesthouse facility for living. Just go on to Khao Sok park's official website and book you room.

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Posted by jenny2288 on 29/1/2014 at 11:20

Hi

I'm heading out to Thailand in April and a group of us are looking to go to Khao Sok and stay in the Floating Bungalows on the Cheow Lan lake, we would like to do a 2 day- 1 night trip here, and would like to do the tubing and elephant trekking, what would be the bets way to go about this, (book everything individually or should we book a tour and if so is this something we can book in Bangkok a week before, or would that be leaving it to late? does anyone know of any good tours to go with or good floating bungalows, we like the real old looking ones :)

Thanks

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Posted by JayEx on 8/7/2014 at 00:03

Hey if you need further information to the Khao Sok Lake area , and an overview about possible raft houses on the Cheow Lan Lake this page has some info Khao Sok Lake Floating Bungalows . It´s pretty up to date too.

Greetings Jay

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