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Chiew Lan Lake tour

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With towering limestone cliffs, jungle scenery and caves, Chiew Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park is a natural wonderland worth spending at least a few days to explore. But if you’re short on time, it’s possible to see the lake’s highlights in just one day by joining one of the many tours on offer.

A tour to the lake can be arranged at almost every guesthouse and tour company found around Khao Sok’s western entrance in Khlong Sok village. The tours do make for a long day, and one which involves a fair bit of travel by minivan and boat—but if your time is short, a tour can be a good way to get the most bang for your baht.

Tone Tuey huts make for a scenic lunch stop. Photo taken in or around Chiew Lan Lake tour, Khao Sok National Park, Thailand by Lana Willocks.

Tone Tuey huts make for a scenic lunch stop. Photo: Lana Willocks

A tour to Khao Sok’s lake starts about 08:30 with a pick-up from your guesthouse, and from Khlong Sok village it takes about an hour to reach the Chiew lake pier. Our guide “Big” introduced himself in the van and explained a bit about what we were going to see. Along the way was a brief stop at a small market at Ban Ta Khun, for no apparent reason other than to send some business to the market vendors. A variety of fruits plus local and Western snacks are sold at the market stands and the 7-eleven and Tesco mini-mart, plus jewellery and amulets.

At the pier it was a bit of a madhouse with several vanloads of people arriving at the same time, lining up at the park kiosk to register and buy the 200-baht tickets to the park. We stood for a while in the queue, gritting our teeth and wondering why the tour operators couldn’t simply collect the fee from their guests and pay on their behalf in one lot. It was a needlessly frantic and exasperating start to the trip, but once everyone was loaded up on the longtail boat we pushed off from the pier and things ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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