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3005, 2018

Sweat it out: A Khao Sok National Park Weather guide!

By | May 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Thailand is closely bound with nature, and nowhere is this relationship closer than in the rainforests of the south.  In the Khao Sok jungle village, life revolves around the monsoon, which effect many parts of daily life.  Therefore, before you book your ticket, it is recommended to do a bit of research.  Understanding Khao Sok national park weather can be challenging, but we’re here to help! Officially, we can divide Khao Sok weather into three seasons: The Hot Season, from March to May The Monsoon Season, from June to October The Dry Season, from November to February However, as life here is so closely related to the monsoon, we’ve broken the year into only two, distinct seasons.  Below, you will find information on the Monsoon season, and the non-Monsoon season! Khao Sok national park weather - The monsoon Monsoon season in the Khao Sok jungle [...]

901, 2018

Leaving Khao Sok to Koh Samui and beyond

By | January 9th, 2018|Riverside Cottages|

Due to its remote location, departing Khao Sok can seem challenging.  To make it easy, we have therefore prepared this post to help our guests organise their onward trip.  We can also arrange private cars to deliver guests to nearly any location in southern Thailand. Below, we also provide information about public transportation from Khao Sok to Koh Samui, Khao Sok to Koh Phangan, Khao Sok to Surathani, Khao Sok to Phuket, and Khao Sok to Krabi. Please read the details below and then make a booking with reception team when you are at the resort. The final section deals with leaving directly from the lake instead of from our resort. Please note that all prices and times are subject to change, and should therefore be verified with reception on arrival. In addition, the prices we charge for public transportation tickets are the same as all other hotels and [...]

112, 2017

Things to do in Khao Sok: A Driver’s Guide

By | December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Resorts in Khao Sok boast an impressive list of activities to offer guests of all ages, interests, and ability levels.  From river tubing and jungle camping, to Thai massage and overnight lake trips, your resort can book just about anything.  However, there are a number of local sights and activities that visitors to Khao Sok can do by themselves.  This is especially true for guests driving to Khao Sok.  Here, we’ll review a few  of these things to do in Khao Sok! Things to do in Khao Sok In addition to the jungle, river, and restaurants, guests can find quite a few things to do.  For example, there is a beautiful Khao Sok Waterfall just outside of town.  Additionally, cave temples are numerous, if you know where to look!  The easiest way to cross the following activities off your list is if you are driving to Khao [...]

1409, 2017

Khao Sok Night Safari – Full Moon Party (of fear)

By | September 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The air was alive with sound.  It hung around us, thick and warm, in the velvety air.  Chirping, humming, whirring, croaking and clicking in every pitch imaginable sounded from the darkened jungle close by.  We had stopped mid-step at a word from our guide.  Now we followed the beam of his headlamp, which illuminated two glowing eyes in the trees above.  We were twenty minutes into our Khao Sok night safari trekking adventure, and so far it had been an eye-opening experience! Khao Sok night safari: am I going to die? We had been hesitant to book the Khao Sok night safari.  The jungle, at night?!?  Why would we do that?  The desk staff at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages was helpful in making us feel better, however. “What about all the deadly snakes?,” we asked.   “What deadly snakes?”  Was the reply.  “No one [...]

108, 2017

Out and back – a Khao Sok Nature Trail

By | August 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

There are many benefits to staying at a Khao Sok resort that is located in an isolated, natural setting.  It is peaceful and quiet, for example, and guests can enjoy the full jungle experience.  However, a location well away from the town center can be a difficult place to stay entertained, especially for children.  Recognizing this, we have developed a variety of free diversions, such as a game library, river tubes, and free WIFI.  Our favorite diversion, though, is our Khao Sok nature trail, which we will look at here. A glimpse into the past: our Khao Sok nature trail begins Suitable for all ages and abilities, our Khao Sok nature trail begins after a 1-minute walk up the road.  Guests will begin by crossing through a neighboring oil palm plantation.  The oil palm has an interesting history in Southeast Asia, and it is [...]

1007, 2017

Khao Sok wildlife: A guide to the critters of the Riverside Cottages

By | July 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Visitors to Khao Sok National Park will soon discover that life is everywhere in the rainforest!  Here at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, this is especially true.  Due to our environmentally-friendly approach, the surrounding area remains rich in life and diversity.  As a result, guests at the Riverside Cottages will find many types of Khao Sok wildlife just outside their door!  Below is some information on some of the most commonly seen critters. For many first-time visitors, the rainforest can be a strange and intimidating place.  New sights and sounds greet our guests, and it can be difficult to sort these into ‘dangerous,’ versus ‘harmless’ categories.  This uncertainty can create insecurity and discomfort, which can have a negative impact on a guest’s stay with us.  Having moved into the rainforest, we understand this feeling, and believe that honest education is the best solution.  Our guests will [...]

1602, 2017

Rainforest Revival: from Fading Villages to a Vibrant Future in Khao Sok with Community-Led Tourism

By | February 16th, 2017|Community Programs, Featured, Responsible Tourism|

Visiting with jungle guides, fruit farmers, and elephants, Alexander Vysniauskas shares how 3 simple concepts are empowering the emergence of Responsible Tourism in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand The fight for the preservation of Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park begins in the late 1970s, with an armed uprising deep in the jungle strongholds of present day Cheow Lan lake. Before the National Park was established, student activists, labeled as communists, were able to keep the encroaching logging and mining companies at bay. The fight against exploitation continues to this day, now against the scourges of modern agriculture and mass tourism. Khao Sok National Park in Thailand is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse tropical forests. The vast, untouched tropical paradise is rich with wildlife and more than 1500 plant species, including one of the world’s largest flowers -  Rafflesia kerii. Wild elephants, tigers, red [...]

1302, 2017

Hikers Paradise: Top 3 Hikes in Khao Sok Jungle

By | February 13th, 2017|Khao Sok National Park, Khao Sok Tours|

We have picked the Top 3 Hikes in Khao Sok National Park, leading through the depths of the jungle, to reach waterfalls, swimming holes and caves! Spot unique animals and rare plants like the giant flower Rafflesia, listen to the never ceasing call of the jungle! 1 - Khao Sok Trekking with Deep Jungle Camping Two-day deep jungle exploration, an adventure to remember! You will get to know about various plants and diverse animal kingdom of Thai jungle! Enjoy jungle-style Thai dishes, such as delicious sticky mango rice or fried rice wrapped in a banana leaf. After a day long hike through deep jungle paths, spend a peaceful night sleeping in a hammock, under the stars! Expert guide will teach tropical forest survival skills- building a shelter, cooking with bamboo and the use of various plants! Looking for something a bit more [...]

602, 2017

Top 6 activities in Khao Sok National Park

By | February 6th, 2017|Featured, Khao Sok National Park, Khao Sok Tours|

Khao Sok National Park is part of Thailand’s largest protected area. Within the unspoiled jungle, locals are leading a revolution in the quality of nature tourism. All the tours are led by local community leaders and well trained guides with strong English language skills. From relaxing jungle cooking experience to a 10 day deep jungle survival tour! We have picked the Top 6 Activities in Khao Sok to suite everyone’s travel style! Adventure Culture Fitness 1 - Jungle Cooking In Khao Sok we love to make and eat great food! Visit a local Thai family to experience local culture and authentic dishes in a one of a kind wild jungle setting! In a local farm, you will be able to get hands on experience of making traditional Thai recipes. We absolutely love this experience and still taste that delicious turmeric grilled chicken [...]

1212, 2016

Taking the train from Bangkok to Khao Sok

By | December 12th, 2016|Arriving, Featured|

One great aspect of traveling through Thailand is easy access to affordable transportation.  For example, bus routes criss-cross the country, passing through, or at least by most villages.   Additionally, airports have sprung up like mushrooms on a log.  As a result, it is possible to get from one distant point to another in the same day.  Finally, there is the rail system snaking through the countryside.  It is the rail system that we’ll focus on here.  Specifically, taking the train from Bangkok to Khao Sok. Unfortunately, there is no direct train from Bangkok to Khao Sok.  However, the rail system does come close.  The nearest train station lies in PhunPhin town, adjacent to Surat Thani, and 100 kilometers from Khao Sok.  Our journey beings about 650 kilometers to the north, at Hua Lampong, Bangkok’s central train station. Finding Hua Lampong Traveling by train from [...]