Experience the magic of Cheow Lan Lake in the Khao Sok National Park on a multiday tour from Krabi including sightseeing by longtail boat, lake canoeing, a night safari, caving and an overnight stay in a raft house led by a knowledgeable tour guide. Located about 145 north of Kraby by car, Khao Sok National Park extends in Surat Thani province, and it is considered one of the most beautiful parks in whole Thailand. It covers an area of 739 square kilometres and comprises 165 square kilometres of Cheow Lan Lake, formed after the construction of the Dam Ratchaprapha. The park includes the largest virgin forest in Southern Thailand; it is a remnant of ancient rainforest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest. Many scholars argue that this forest goes back to 160 million years ago, which would make it the oldest rainforest in the world. The best time to visit the area is the dry period from December to late March. The park has impressive limestone formations, several waterfalls as Sip-Chan Ry, Than Sawan and Than Kloyand, many caves as Tham Nam Thalu and Tham Si Ru. Many types of berries and fruits can be found throughout the National Park and they serve as food for many animals. Among these there are wild Jackfruit, Mangosteen, Durian, Rambutan, Jujube, Pomelo, Banana wild, wild Pepper and Ginger. The Khao Sok National Park is also famous for its flower Bua Phut, scientific name "Rafflesia Kerrii". It is estimated to contain more than 5% of the terrestrial animal species. Among wild mammals can be observed Malayan Tapir, Asian Elephant, Tiger, Sambar Deer, Bear, Banteng, Capricorns Serow, wild Boar, Pig-tailed Macaque, White Gibbons, Squirrel, Muntjac, Mouse Deer. There are also many reptiles such as the Royal Cobra, the Reticulated Python and the Flying Lizard.
What to Expect - Khao Sok National and Park Cheow Lan Lake are the favourite destinations for lovers of nature and trekking close to Krabi. The park is the ideal place to enjoy Elephant Trekking, Canoeing, Bamboo Rafting, Cave Exploration and Hiking in the jungle, as well as to enjoy two overnight stay in a floating raft houses on the Cheow Larn Lake. Specialized tour operators offer all inclusive packages for 2-Day Raft House Adventure in this natural paradise. Cheow Lan Lake Two-Days Tour costs between 9,000 and 11,000 THB, depending on the tour operator and the options chosen.
Program: Depart from your hotel in Krabi area by minivan with leaving at 7.00-7.30 am; travel through rubber plantations, small villages and limestone hills of Phang Nga Province. First stop will be at the famous Wat Bang Riang, a beautiful hilltop temple which is located on Khao Lan Mountain in Thap Put. Continue to a scenic viewpoint near Khao Sok National Park to make some nice photos. Next stop will be at Monkey Temple, where several monkeys coexist peacefully. You can give them food and water, and also visit the small cave converted into a temple containing Buddha images inside. Enjoy a traditional Thai lunch at the jungle hut near the Khao Sok River. After a short break, continue to Ratchaprapha Dam from where a longtail boat will bring you to the floating raft houses on the Cheow Larn Lake in 45 minutes. During the cruise, you will see amazing landscapes and wonderful nature. Check-in at your raft house and take a refreshing dip in the lake. Then, have time to explore the surrounding area by canoe. You are likely to spot hornbills which are commonly seen in the old-growth jungle trees at the water's edge. Enjoy a dinner at the local restaurant and set out again for a short night safari of 45 minutes to spot nocturnal animals such as frogs, snakes, spiders and birds. After a well-deserved deep sleep in the raft house, you will do a sightseeing trip by longtail boat to enjoy the early morning mist on the still lake. It is now time for a rich, vitalizing breakfast to strengthen yourself for the next adventure. Follow the trail into the breathtaking Pra Kay Petch Cave (also known as Diamond Cave) which winds deep into the interior of Khao Sok National Park. Along the way, your guide will explain the unique history of the region and it’s cultural significance, pointing out such magnificent creatures as Jurassic insects, butterflies and rare birds. Next, you’ll strap on your headlamps and prepare to get wet, as the hike extends through the water cave (dry season only) and soon becomes a dark wonderland. This is an excellent time to view the many nocturnal species that inhabit this cave (from a safe distance of course) and cool yourself in the river as you explore. Complete your eco adventure with a lunch before heading back to Krabi with drop-off at your hotel at approximately 17:00. You can extend this 2-day trip with an additional night in a jungle hut.
The Full package also includes tourist guide speaking English or Russian, National Park entrance fee and tour insurance.Read More
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