KHAO SOK NATIONAL PARK - Green Season Getaways

By Krabi Magazine Jun 21, 2014
Krabi is a wonderful place, full of beauty and many exciting things to do, but sometimes a you might want a little change; something a little different, something more off the beaten path. Away from the throngs that surround the beaches of Krabi and carouse the beach road in Ao Nang lies a place so remote you can only get there by boat. It’s a place so full of intrigue it has drawn the International attention of presses worldwide.

We’re about to let you all in on a little low season hot spot…. Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani. Khao Sok National Park lies about 90km from Krabi, so it’s a quick 1.5 - 2 hour drive (depending on the weight of your foot). It is remote but has started to draw a small following from surrounding major destinations (Krabi, Phuket and Khao Lak) so a small town has begun to pop up and has been growing steadily every season.

The most intriguing thing about this National Park - among the wonderful flora and fauna - is the Chiao Lan reservoir. The reservoir was created in 1982 by building the Rajjaprabha Dam on the southern tip of the reservoir. It was built by the Khao Sok National Park and the provincial electrical authority to generate a hydroelectric power plant. When the dam was completed and the water level began rising it created some 150 small islands throughout the area many of them protruding from the water hundreds of meters from the surface and towering over visitors. It’s like nothing else in Thailand and is really worth the trip.

On the lake are a number of small resorts ranging in price and style from a simple backpacker bungalows to a high-end villa. The Khao Sok National Park has given permits for 17 floating resorts to be created on the reservoir, so there are no worries of the marina police showing up and towing your room away!

You can travel to Chiao Lan reservoir, take a 1 hour boat ride across the lake skirting these dramatic cliffs towering overhead and then pull up to a floating resort somewhere in the middle of this huge reservoir, tie off the boat and hop off!

Krabi magazine made the trip out to the park earlier this year to check it out. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a large buffet dinner of freshly caught fish from the lake, massaman curry, mixed vegetables, fresh fruits among many other tasty dishes. It was amazing, such an experience to go out onto the lake and end up pulling up to this line of rooms attached to a wonderful restaurant. It’s not very far away, to get away and relax for a while it’s the perfect spot. We will be making more trips out to Khao Sok National Park for more exploration and keep you all informed on more things to do there, but for the time being we just wanted to let you know about this great place.

You can get more information from the National Park website at www.khaosok.com.

Happy travels from Krabi Magazine!

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