Khao Sok is a national park around a lake formed from a dammed river. There are a number of activities you can do - every activity is exactly the same no matter who offers it, but if you have children, some places offer more of a discount for them than others.
We did the canoe trip. Parts were very beautiful, the canoes were in good condition, and though it goes against every fiber of my paddler self, they provide a boatman to paddle each and every boat. I became quite appreciative of having him once they pulled two 3-4 meter pythons from the river, and showed us a yellow spotted snake curled around a tree branch. Made me wonder about tubing in the river! My biggest complaint here and almost everywhere in Thailand is with the level of trash. I understand that people are poor and traash disposal is challenging, but given the high functioning of the Thai government and the importance of tourism, I hope someone will wake up and find a solution to the plastic bags, straws and bottles that are ubiquitous, before there is a tourist backlash.
Totally overlooked this area during my first two visits to Thailand - if you are looking to get outdoors, or if you want a break from the beaches and Bangkok, or if you want to go somewhere that is not very developed yet, this is a great place to visit.
The floating bungalows are amazing, the hiking is great, and the prices are awesome.
Khao Sok is a vast jungle and there are various trails. We somehow got on the wrong trail and ended up on a hiking trail lol For this you need walking boots or at least trainers.
Nice waterfalls when it is wet season! Some lovely little restaurants around.
Khao Sok is a great place to go to be close to nature. You can hear gibbons and other fauna. You can explore the rain forest in many different ways, and form your own adventure.
Most of all the people in this region remain unspoiled.
The national park was breathtaking and hands down was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen in the world! It's nice that it is a bit off the beaten track.
Bushwalking through the National Park - do take a guide. There were none available, and we tried to do the longer walk to all waterfalls and could not find the way.
Would have liked to see more. Ratchaprapha Dam is an awesome day out....or stay overnight on the dam if you can!
We only spent one night in Khao Sok, but got the impression that the setting and scenery is wonderful, but the quality of the accommodation is fairly variable.
We were lucky enough to stay a small family run resort, Palm View Resort, which I can't praise enough. Other travellers we met stayed at places which were more 'touristy' and less friendly. The overnight which our host organised for us was also excellent and very good value for money.
Khao sok is a very beautiful place in the Southern part of Thailand surrounded by high lime stone mountains which create magnificent 360 degree views.
Ratchaprapa Lake is a must to experience. Karst topography from lime stone formation is very uniqe to this place creating endless views. Getting on the bamboo rafting is quite an experience that will make you almost touch the mountains and the sky. It is so dramatically unreal scenes.
amazing lake nearby amazing scenery popularily called "Guilin of Thailand".Khao Sok forest is full of adventurous trips and is very scenic .
You feel like you are in nap of nature at it best .The palce is a hidden treasure in Thailand as its not a beach its nature at it best.Worth visiting.
Khoa Sok is an almost pristine rainforest. The national parks are spectacular. The peiople live simple lives and are very friendly.
The region has many attractions, temples, elephant rides ( they are no longer pulling logs, so this is a good way to preserve them.)
The area is very chilled out. The main attraction is the national park with all its' offers (mainly hiking and animal spotting).
People are very friendly and helpful.
Many places to stay and eat along the road, but Thai Herb had the best food. Morning Mist was a great hotel with helpful staff.
It's a remote jungle town right at the entrance to Khao Sok National Park. It's a 2+ hour bus ride from Surat Thani downtown.
Bring plenty of cash as there is only one ATM in the whole town. The next closest ATM is 20+ miles away.
If you like the nature the place is for you. You can book trips to jungle, lake or elephant trekking to make some activities
Khao Sok is great for people who loves nature, there's a lot of adventure tours with trekking etc. wonderful national park.
Not so much a city vacation, but nice and quiet in the litthe "city" and lots of tours to do. Plus great options for cooking classes.
It is very nice to stay there, if you want to feel nature. But everything (specially the tours) are to expensive.
And you don´t have a choice to do something by yourself. There are no Maps available, and you need a guide for everything inside the Nature-reserve. So, all about money.
We stayed very close to Khao Sok National Park for all our activities. You do everything from either location.