If you’re looking for something off-the-beaten-path in Thailand, you should add Khao Sok National Park to your itinerary. It might not be well known yet – but it’s a very beautiful gem hidden in the Thai jungle. Well, let’s speak the truth for a second – by jungle, I meant rainforest. What we casually call “a jungle” is often a rainforest.
If you are wondering what to do in Khao Sok National Park, let’s talk about the fun things to do there and travel tips so you can plan an epic trip..
Where is Khao Sok National Park, Thailand?
Khao Sok National Park is located in the South of Thailand. Imagine lakes, limestone mountains, rainforests (and leeches) and spectacular views.
Fun Things to Do in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand
So, you decided to book a trip to Khao Sok – now what? I personally stayed in the area for two nights (which turned out to be a bit too short for my liking). Although, I still managed to enjoy my stay in Khao Sok with two pretty packed days. What is there to do in Khao Sok?
Khao Sok Trekking
While in Khao Sok, you might want to walk around the
rainforest. Trekking or going on a hike while in Thailand should be on everyone’s list at some point. Well – my friends – trekking in Khao Sok was a bit of a challenge. When you mix humidity with heat, it gets pretty exhausting. Thankfully, we had two guides with us – they showed us their rubber plantations, we stopped for short breaks and we discovered the magical kratom leaves (which was pretty fun by the way).
You can choose amongst many hikes in Khao Sok National Park. We opted for an easy one – next to a farm which was not touristy at all. It was basically only us – and our two guides.
Of course, we also had a few “fun encounters” such as a tiny snake and a few leeches (I hate leeches ).
If you’d like to go on a longer hike, you could also check the options around Cheow Lan Lake to admire waterfalls and experience caving in Thailand.
Learn How to Cook Thai Food
Right after our rainforest trek, we had a cooking class. It was fun because it was a “farm to table” kind of cooking class – which I really enjoy. (You can read more about my farm to table experience in Ubon Ratchathani here.) We learned about Thai spices, picked up fresh vegetables and then we started to cook with a lovely Thai family.
We cooked a few different dishes including curry, bamboo shoots, vegetables as well as tempura banana flowers. It was delicious and pretty authentic as we learn how to cook using bamboos and traditional tools.
Cheow Lan Lake Tour
On our second day, we went on a day trip to explore Cheow Lan Lake. As stated above, there are trekking options around the lake too if you’d like to explore the rainforest while you’re there. We first started our day on a long tail boat which brought us to the floating bungalows (about 1h30 from the pier). During our trip, we got a huge dose of limestone mountains with gorgeous views. The water was incredibly beautiful.
When we reached the floating bungalows, we had a lunch stop and then two options were presented. You could either go on a trek that would bring you to a cave or you could hire a kayak (it’s free) and explore the surroundings during the afternoon. As we did a trek the previous day, we decided to take a kayak and enjoy the views. We also made the most of the water and went for a swim.
A few hours later, we met up again with the group for a quick fruit snack before heading back.