Khao Sok Lake, also known as Cheow Lan Lake, is the highlight of Khao Sok National Park, and consequently, one of the most scenic places to visit in Thailand. Riverside Cottages arranges several Khao Sok lake tours. For example, a day trip with a visit to a cave, some trekking, time for a swim and lunch at a raft house. On the other hand, you can opt for an overnight Cheow Lan lake tour on which you will sleep in a floating bungalow. Riverside Cottages has selected the best Koh Sok National Park floating bungalows on Cheow Lan Lake for you. Overnight trips have a better chance of spotting wildlife in the early morning in addition to the late afternoon. We are also experts at arranging “wildlife explorer” safaris with private guides and, further, traditional Thai fishing tours.

Due to physical and movement requirements, some activities on the lake may not be appropriate for every guest.  We recommend guests with smaller children, and guests with difficulty moving contact us prior to booking a lake trip.

Full Day Lake Trip
Private Overnight
Overnight Lake Tour
Custom Lake Tours

Full Day Khao Sok Lake Tour

With fairy-tale scenery of towering limestone cliffs and over 100 islands jutting skyward, Cheow Lan Lake is one of the most striking places on earth. Start the day with a drive from Khao Sok to a colorful local market, then cruise the lake in a traditional longtail boat. Swim in emerald green water. Choose between kayaking, hiking with a guide, or hanging at the Koh Sok National Park floating bungalows to relax and swim.

For those looking for unique animal watching opportunities, you can see leaf monkeys  and hornbills with greater ease than anywhere else in Thailand. You can book a 3 day tour that includes a visit to the lake – please see our Rainforest Adventure package.

Duration: 8:30am to about 6:00pm, with lunch and optional 2 hour trek.


This is the most family-friendly of the Khao Sok lake tours, especially if you sit out the hike.

You’ll want your camera to record the scenery, along with money for entrance to the National Park.

You can find more expert tips and useful information on the day trip to Cheow Lan see on our blog page!

Overnight at Khao Sok Lake Cheow Lan

Overnight Tour to Cheow Lan Lake
The best way to really appreciate Khao Sok lake is on the overnight tour. Your first day will include everything in the 1-day trip. Subsequently, go for a boat safari to spot wildlife such as monkeys, giant hornbills, and maybe elephants. Enjoy a fresh Thai dinner, for example, fish from the lake and stir-fried veggies. Spend the night under the stars in your own private Koh Sok National Park floating bungalow.

The next morning, go for a wildlife safari, and subsequently have breakfast and free time for relaxing, swimming, or kayaking. After a delicious lunch, your journey back to Riverside Cottages will be filled with views of towering limestone cliffs.

Duration: The trip starts at 9:00am on Day 1, and ends at 3:00pm on Day 2 at the resort.

Please note this Khao Sok Lake tour requires sharing a room with another person, and therefore, no single occupancy rooms are available.

You can book packages that include one night at the lake and one night at our resort, such as the Riverside & Rafthouse Tour. Likewise, the Grand Jungle Tour stays at the lake but includes a second night at Riverside. For more, you can find expert tips and useful information on the day trip to Cheow Lan Lake on our blog page!

Private Overnight Lake Trips

Khao Sok Lake Wildlife Spotting

If you prefer not to join with a group, we also arrange private tours to Cheow Lan Lake with flexible itineraries and choices among Khao Sok floating bungalows. Options include bamboo raft houses (with shared bathrooms) or deluxe bungalows with private bathrooms and air-conditioning.

Beyond room choice, the program can be adjusted to allow more time for hiking, relaxing, or wildlife viewing. This makes the private overnight lake trip ideal for families or those wanting a bit of luxury.  Tours start at Rajapraba Dam and we can help arrange transport from anywhere in Southern Thailand.

Duration: 1-2 nights, with a private guide and boat to accompany you.

Tip: Contact us to book a private Khao Sok lake tour – we’ll send you the price and program.

Custom Khao Sok Lake Tours

Custom Lake Tours Cheow Lan Lake

For deeper exploration of the lake, please contact us to create a custom tour. Options include extended wildlife viewing, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and bird-watching. For example, our Wildlife Special takes you deep into Cheow Lan Lake, to Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary in the heart of the jungle. Keep an eye out for hornbills, gibbons, and wild elephants. This is a good trip for people willing to forego creature comforts for the joy of remote wilderness.

With prime habitat for large fish populations, Khao Sok Lake is home to jungle perch, river catfish, and three types of snakehead fish.

Duration: 1-2 nights, with a private guide and boat to accompany you.

Tip: February through May is the best time to see big animals at the Khao Sok National Park lake.

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