Khao Sok National Park and floating bungalows are surely one of the bucket list experiences of every traveler coming to Thailand. The unique imagination of unreal sunrise and sunset colors is one of the true highlights of Southern Thailand. A great way to enjoy the bungalows is on a Khao Sok 2-day tour.

This guide to an overnight stay on the floating bungalows in Khao Sok National Park comes from a personal experience. Volunteers Toti and Ale experienced this itinerary while staying at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, enjoying a little retreat away from the land.

We delve into everything you need to know about spending two incredible days and one unforgettable night in Khao Sok National Park, staying in a floating bungalow amid nature.

There are so many things to do in Khao Sok that 2 days is really not enough. Later in this article we investigate other options for spending time away from the lake.

How to book your Khao Sok 2-day tour

Most people start the overnight lake tour from a resort near Khao Sok village. If you stay around the village, book the tour with your hotel – it makes pick up and drop off simple, and it supports the locals.

If you skip Khao Sok village, you can start the tour from the town of Ban Takhun.  From farther away, you will need to take a private taxi. For more info, contact us or have a look at the Khao Sok Lake Tours page.

Regardless of where you start, it’s recommended to book in advance. The tours are often fully booked several weeks ahead of time.

How much does the overnight lake tour of Khao Sok National Park cost?

The tour costs between 2,800 and 4,400 Baht depending on where you book. It includes all you need to enjoy a proper retreat. Booking through Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, the price is 3,100 Baht. This will include transport from the resort to the pier in an AC Van as well as the boat transfer to your floating bungalow in Khao Sok National Park, and an attentive guide through the whole itinerary.

The tour consists of various activities depending on the season. Some of the best activities we tried were cave exploring, jungle trekking, kayaking on the lake, sunrise wildlife spotting, and so much more. The cost of this tour includes all meals, breakfast when you arrive, lunch, dinner, and fruit snacks.

We recommend starting your tour with a night at Riverside Cottages – check out the Riverside and Raft-house package.

Depending on the time of year, they offer private lake tours at Khao Sok National Park, with bespoke itineraries. These are tailor-made for special occasions. Reach out before arriving in Khao Sok to check for availability.

Floating bungalows on Lake Cheow Lan

What to expect in your two days in Khao Sok National Park

As you weave your way through the lush greenery and pristine waters of Khao Sok National Park, get ready to be mesmerized by the stunning limestone cliffs. Rising from the emerald lakes they support a diverse wildlife that call this place home.

We had a blast seeing such beauty from the longtail boat. The scenery is incredible and might resemble what you have experienced in Koh Phi Phi.

Your Home Away from Home: The Floating Bungalows

Waking up was a pleasure. We knew something incredible was awaiting us, but the reality exceeded our expectations. We are not exaggerating.  Imagine waking up to the gentle rocking of your floating bungalow, surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature. It was everything we could have wanted, and more.  Surely two days will make you hope to be back soon. Make the most of your private patio, with stairs direct into the fresh emerald water.

These unique accommodations offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience, blending comfort with the raw beauty of the national park.

Khao Sok lake trip

Two days of activities: Exploring Khao Sok

From jungle trekking to canoeing along the Cheow Lan Lake, each moment in Khao Sok is filled with adventure and discovery. Dive into the heart of the rainforest, accompanied by the symphony of chirping birds and rustling leaves.

Hike up the sticky waterfalls to explore the jungle and the endemic species that live here.

Dining Delights: Savouring Local Flavors

What will you love the most, staying in a Khao Sok Bungalow overnight? Maybe it is the fine Thai food. As with your stay at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, you are embracing a gastronomic journey into traditional and authentic Thai Cuisine. When we stayed here, we had a mission to try everything on the menu. Thai cuisine is bursting with flavors that reflect the rich tapestry of the local ingredients. From spicy curries to fresh seafood, every meal is a culinary delight.

Enjoy the peace of the magic hour. A sunset like no other!

I was on the boat at sunset and had the chance to witness the pinky-orange mountain peaks glowing at their best. On the other side, Ale chose to chill on the patio by the water, reading, and disconnecting while having little to no internet. It was unreal to be completely away for the first time in quite a while.

As the sun sets over the horizon, casting a golden hue over the towering cliffs and shimmering waters, find yourself immersed in a moment of pure serenity. Let the beauty of Khao Sok take your breath away.

Sustainable Travel: Preserving Khao Sok’s Natural Beauty

As mindful travelers ourselves, we recognize the importance of preserving the pristine beauty of Khao Sok National Park for future generations to enjoy. Sustainable travel practices are at the core of our journey. Guiding us to minimize our ecological footprint and respect the delicate balance of this natural paradise. Support local initiatives, reduce waste, and tread lightly on the land. Contribute to the conservation efforts that safeguard Khao Sok’s unique flora and fauna.

Every step we take and every choice we make echoes our commitment to maintaining the integrity of this bio diverse ecosystem.

Khao Sok Riverside Cottages - jungle paths

Extend your stay – Things to do before or after your Khao Sok 2-Day Tour

Extend your Khao Sok adventure by unwinding at the charming Khao Sok Riverside Cottages. They nestle along the tranquil banks of the Sok River. Immerse yourself in the sounds of flowing waters and the whispers of the forest as you relax in this idyllic setting.

Savor moments of peace and serenity at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages. The soothing ambiance of the river blends harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Unwind in your cozy accommodation and let the gentle rhythm of the water lull you into a state of pure relaxation.

Khao Sok Riverside Cottages

Exploration Beyond Borders: Discovering Hidden Gems

Venture beyond the Cottages to explore the hidden gems of Khao Sok, from nearby waterfalls to intriguing caves waiting to be discovered. Just walking around the resort you can find a private beach with chairs to enjoy the river passing by. A few meters away you can soak in the freshwater when it’s too hot.

Riverside loungers

The friendly staff at reception are always ready to help you find the most suitable activities. Explore beyond the resort, from hiking to canoeing. Experience an Elephant Safari, a night trek in the jungle, or a bike ride around the area. Embark on guided tours or set off on your own adventure to uncover the secrets of this enchanting paradise.

Mahout washing his elephant in Khao Sok, Thailand

Dining with a View: Culinary Delights by the River

As said before, dining at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages was fantastic. You are tucked away from traffic, tourists, and the distracting atmosphere. However, you are close enough to reach it when you need to.  Every night, we dine al fresco with the tranquil waters of the Sok River as our backdrop.

The restaurant offers a fusion of Thai and international flavors as you immerse yourself in the culinary delights of the region. Pad Thai, Massaman Curry, and Coconut Soup were among our favorites.

Sustainable Practices: Eco-Friendly Escapes

At Khao Sok Riverside Cottages, sustainability is at the heart of their ethos. From eco-friendly initiatives to supporting local communities they, therefore, strive to create a positive impact on the environment while offering guests a comfortable and responsible stay. Ask the staff about the initiatives that they are involved with.

Connecting with Nature: Activities at Your Doorstep

Engage in a variety of nature-based activities right at your doorstep. Enjoy birdwatching or cycling through the verdant trails surrounding the resort. Embrace the great outdoors and forge a deeper connection with the natural wonders of Khao Sok.

Memorable Moments: Creating Everlasting Memories

It is vivid in our minds, every single moment, every single face, every single human that works hard to make guests’ stay memorable. So, as the sun sets over the Sok River, casting a golden glow over the landscape, relish in the beauty of the moment and the memories made during your stay. You will create lasting memories on a two-day adventure at this hidden gem of Thailand. Cherish these unforgettable experiences that will stay with you long after you leave.

Nightfall Adventures: Glimpse into the Nocturnal World

The night was wonderful, too. Enjoy the low light, no sounds, and light breeze that gently crashes on your floating bungalow. If you are an active person, we highly suggest requesting a night safari. As the sun starts to set,  some of the most interesting creatures in the jungle wake up.

Throughout our adventure, we were able to spot many different insects, new species of lizards, all sorts of birds, and many different types of spiders. We even heard wild elephants in the distance. Each night safari is different. There are so many animals to see, such as Atlas Moths, Mouse Deer, Pangolins, and much more!

Khap Sok night safari

A Perfect Blend: Riverside Retreat and Jungle Adventure

Extend your stay. Immerse yourself in the best of both worlds with a stay at Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and, additionally,  a thrilling 2-day tour in the heart of Khao Sok National Park. Experience the serenity of riverside living and the excitement of a jungle escapade all in one unforgettable journey. You can book your 2-day adventure on a floating breakfast directly here or ask the lovely staff at reception.

Leave your bags at our Khao Sok Riverside Cottages

To make the most of your adventure, you can leave your bags with us. Enjoy a few days more with us after your lake visit or carry on with your travels. We can support you by storing your bags in our locker room so that you just take the essentials for the overnight lake stay.

Packing Essentials: What to Bring on Your Khao Sok 2-Day Tour?

From lightweight clothing to sturdy hiking shoes, we’ve got you covered with a list of essentials to pack for your Khao Sok 2-day tour. Be prepared for any adventure that comes your way!

When preparing for an overnight stay in Khao Sok’s floating bungalows, pack light and essentials for a comfortable adventure. Include quick-drying clothes, swimwear, insect repellent, sun protection, sturdy footwear for exploring, a light rain jacket, and a reusable water bottle. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight, a camera for capturing the magic, personal toiletries, any required medications, and a good book for unwinding in the tranquil surroundings. Keep your packing minimal yet practical, focusing on items that will enhance your experience in the floating bungalows of Khao Sok National Park.

Contemplating our Khao Sok 2 Day Tour

Journey to Remember

As we bid farewell to the floating bungalows and the breathtaking landscapes of Khao Sok, we also carry with us memories that will last a lifetime. Join this unforgettable yet affordable 2-day tour and discover the magic of one of Thailand’s hidden gems.

By combining the tranquillity of Khao Sok Riverside Cottages with the exhilarating adventures of Khao Sok National Park, you’re in for a truly immersive and unforgettable experience in this tropical paradise.

Make the most of your time in Khao Sok by embracing nature, sustainability, and the spirit of adventure. It’s time to embark on a journey like no other, where the magic of Thailand’s natural wonders awaits you!