Khao Sok National Park in the southern province of Surat Thani is known for its age’s old rainforest and the diverse wildlife that lives within it, for its hills, waterfalls and caves, and for its limestone cliffs and picturesque lake waters of turquoise and emerald green that lend themselves to longtail boat exploration of a truly exotic nature.
The park covers 739 sq km of Phanom and Ban Takhun districts on the Surat Thani mainland, and is comprised of two distinct areas – Klong Sok Town which is where many visitors enter into the national park and where accordingly there are guesthouse and bungalow accommodation, restaurants and small stores; and Cheow Lan Lake.
Around 65 km from Klong Sok Town, Cheow Lan Lake is actually an artificial lake or reservoir some 185 sq km in size that was formed in the late 1980s with the construction of the Rajjaprabha Dam.
For many who visit Khao Sok National Park, Cheow Lan Lake is the highlight, and for good reason. Towering limestone outcrops with cliffs that burst upward out of the lake’s placid waters and the lush forest that borders the shoreline in all directions makes for a dramatic and unmistakably exotic landscape.