While the answer to this question depends on who is asking, there are some clear winners among the best tours in Khao Sok. We’ve listed our favorites below.
1. Khao Sok Lake tours
This is the must-do Khao Sok adventure! Whether opting for a budget-friendly, joined lake tour, a private tour, or a wildlife explorer adventure, there is something for everyone. Our recommendation for seeing the lake is making a joined tour, as part of our Riverside and Raft House package. This lake tour includes hikes, a wildlife boat safari, and plenty of time to relax on the water. Even better, it offers an overnight in the Khao Sok nationalpark floating bungalows with views of the limestone cliffs.
A day trip to the lake also has plenty to offer! The timetable is a bit tighter, but the trip still includes a hike, plenty of sightseeing by boat, lunch at the khao sok nationalpark floating bungalows, and time to swim and kayak. For more information on lake trip options, please visit our Lake Page.
A note on Lake trips: As a result of the rugged terrain and remote location, we urge guests to consider their personal fitness before booking a Cheow Lan lake tour. Some hikes at the lake can be challenging, and it is sometimes not possible to know which hike any given tour will be making. As a result, we recommend that children under 13 do not participate in these hikes. Please check with your Khao Sok nationalpark accommodation if you have questions about these tours.
2. Jungle Cooking with a local host
This is definitely one of the best tours in Khao Sok for families! Our favorite jungle cooking activities take place on local farms, where guests gather ingredients with their host. During this time, guests learn about principle ingredients in Thai cooking, as well as how to grow and harvest them. Cooking takes place in an open-air sala, true to Southern Thai style. Guests learn how to prepare and cook rice in bamboo over an open fire, and cook all other main dishes as well. Finally, the table is laid with handmade bamboo plates and cups, and the whole family gets to dig in to a lovely home-cooked meal!
For more information on this tour, please visit our jungle cooking blog.
3. Trekking in Khao Sok Nationalpark
The jungle has many secrets to reveal, and the best way to experience it is on foot! Thankfully, there are options available for all trekkers, from experienced adventures to younger children.
For younger children, or those interested in a relaxed experience, we recommend the half-day guided hike. This hike follows well-trodden paths in the public area of the park, where anyone can explore by themselves. Guests can make this hike on their own, but hiring a local guide will add a lot more to the experience. Guides know the forest extremely well, and are experts at spotting wildlife, and identifying local plants and their uses.
The best Khao Sok hike for nature lovers is a full-day guided trek into the depths of the forest. This Khao Sok nationalpark safari can be relaxing or strenuous and is the best way to see the forest. There are a number of popular destinations offered with the full-day hike, including waterfalls, caves, and clear jungle pools. At the Riverside Cottages, we are always on the lookout for new hikes to unexplored areas such as our trek to the giant bamboo!
For those intrepid explorers looking for the trek of lifetime, Khao Sok nationalpark doesn’t disappoint. On the shorter side, there are treks to mountain peaks to view the Rafflesia Kerrii, the world’s largest flower. On the longer side, there are multi-day, deep-jungle treks available! Contact us to arrange your Khao Sok nationalpark safari, and find out why our local guides are the secret to discovering the jungle.