Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani is the number one place in Thailand.
When I traveled to stunning Khao Sok a stones throw from my home in Koh Samui my Citizen.TV colleague Matus and I chose a rather extraordinary way of transport- motorbike. Matus insisted on taking it and I have to admit, It was great fun.
Our adventure began just after Songkran, the Thai New Year. Songkran was epic fun. Gleeful local children ruthlessly splashed us with water. No worries. We were pretty lucky. We got lost on the way, but police showed us the right direction. They were our private escort and protected us from the ferocious kids who in the end were not only splashing water but also paint!
The police wouldn’t even take our money, when we offered for their great help. People on the mainland don’t speak English, compared with Thai islanders, yet they are super-sweet and helpful. We were so grateful.
Finally we arrived. I looked up at the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. I was in awe of the huge limestone mountains shooting straight up in the air. The deep valleys took my breath away.
I couldn’t wait to explore the lakes and exciting caves. My attention was especially drawn to Cheow Lan Lake, which is dammed by the Ratchaprapha dam built in 1982. We kayaked on the lake and slept in raft houses. It was fantastic being on the turquoise water.
Take my travel advice.
After kayaking and trekking we didn’t have time for bamboo rafting. I heard from many people it’s a great fun so don’t miss out.
Don’t get ripped of by local guides. They will tell you there are no places in the raft houses, which is normally not the case. So be persistent and you will get to the other side as we did.
I highly recommend our accommodation Ploenprai House. It was 700baht per person with three meals included. The food was absolutely amazing. The staff was also very helpful and nice. It was only a little bit scary at night when the storm came and the whole house was shaking.
If you go to Khao Sok take a motorbike. It is a truly unforgettable experience. And, take my advice and stay at least one, if not two nights, in the raft house. Three days at the park wasn’t enough. I wish I had four days.
There are places in the world where you go and you say its nice here I want to go back one day and Khao Sok is definitely this sort of place.