The indescribable, unbelievable and expansive beauty of Khao Sok National Park stole my heart the minute I lay my eyes on the turquoise waters that stretch over 285 square miles. Surrounded by thick jungle and towering mountains that are home to elephants, gibbons, tigers and other magnificent creatures.
The park is located in Surat Thani, just a quick 12 hour sleeper train ride from Bangkok. You will then need to find a car to take you the rest of the way to this secluded paradise. The locals refer to it as ‘the dam’ and the car ride is a bumpy one but I’ve never felt a journey was more worth it in my life, the scenery is breathtaking. You will know when you are getting close as tall limestone towers covered in lush green jungle will start peeking into view in the distance.
Whether you chose a jungle experience camping in treehouses lakeside or you chill out and take in the views on a floating bungalow like we did, this place will change your life, undoubtedly. From the minute I booked my tour with TruTravels, this was the visit I was anticipating most and excited for beyond belief so despite only 20 minutes sleep on the train, I practically throw my backpack in the safe house at the park entrance and skipped onto the boat. TruTravels include a visit to the park in the majority of their tours, use code TRULM7 for a discount and you could see this amazing place for yourself!
The lake is HUGE, there is so much to explore from jungle to caves and view points! We arrived bright and early at 7.30am and got on a boat towards our gorgeous floating bungalows that we’d be sleeping in for the night. On the longtail ride towards our temporary homes Luke told us to jump in the water at a particular spot, although the sun was still rising over the rocks we didn’t debate and jumped in to what felt like a warm bath!
Then, after cascading round a few more rocks we arrived in paradise. There was a restaurant serving us delicious meals, kayaks to endlessly explore in, a huge log to play games on and tubes to bob around in accompanied by a beer for hours of relaxation after leaving the chaos of Bangkok far behind.
Some of the girls and I made it priority to explore our unbelievable surroundings by kayak and looped around some of the park’s little islands.
Then we returned to play around for hours on our giant log, sipping on countless cups of Sangsom rum and soda until the sun went down. (In the midst of all the fun I didn’t realise how much I was burning with the 37 degree heat reflecting up at me all day from the water so take care a slather up or you could end up with sun stroke like this genius! )
The bungalows were simple but stunning, with a view to die for and mattresses to sleep on, what else could you need?! The electricity at the park went out at 9pm and left us with only the noises of the jungle to fall asleep to.
We kept reminding each other that no photo or camera could EVER do the lake justice and that people at home would never understand it’s beauty. If there is one place in the world I could tell you to visit tomorrow, it would be here. Ever inch of the park is filled with beauty and those memories will stay with me forever. I only wish I could take every I know to experience it themselves, for now, I will treasure it before it’s discovered by the world.
See more of my time at the lake in my YouTube video for even better views and lots of splashing around.
Use code TRULM7 to get there yourself. It will change your life.