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When to Visit Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake


Khao Sok National Park and Cheow Lan Lake are year-round destinations, but the best time to visit depends on your preferences for weather and activities.

Dry Season (November to April)

  • Weather: This is the most popular time to visit Khao Sok. The weather is generally dry and sunny, with lower humidity levels, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting.

  • Activities: You can enjoy trekking through the lush jungle, exploring caves, and taking boat tours on Cheow Lan Lake. The dry season also offers clearer skies for better views and photography.

  • Advantages: Pleasant weather, fewer chances of rain disrupting your plans, and more wildlife sightings as animals are more active.

Wet Season (May to October)

  • Weather: The wet season brings heavy rainfall, particularly in the afternoons. The park is lush and green, and the waterfalls are at their most impressive.

  • Activities: Despite the rain, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. The rain fills up the rivers and lakes, making it a great time for river rafting and kayaking. The flora is vibrant, and the scenery is stunning.

  • Advantages: Fewer tourists, which means a more serene experience. Accommodations and tours may also be cheaper. The rain can create a magical atmosphere with mist and lush greenery.

Best Overall Time

  • November to February: This period combines the best weather conditions with lower chances of rain and comfortable temperatures. It is considered the peak season, so booking in advance is recommended.

No matter when you visit, Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake offer incredible natural beauty and unique experiences. Be sure to pack accordingly for the weather and enjoy the diverse activities available in this stunning national park.

  • What is Khao Sok famous for?
    The main attractions of Khao Sok are Cheow Lan Lake, wildlife, iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, raft houses spread over the lake, trails, caves and rivers. Khao Sok was established as Thailand's 22nd national park in 1980 by The Royal Forest Department.
  • Can you visit Khao Sok without a tour?
    Though options for independent exploration in Khao Sok National Park are limited due to the park's requirement that travellers be guided on most trails, you do not have to join the flock and book an all-in package tour.
  • Is Khao Sok National Park worth visiting?
    Is Khao Sok National Park worth a visit? Yes! Khao Sok National Park is one of the most beautiful destinations in Thailand. Because of the 2 day tour where you go deep into the ancient jungle and where you have the opportunity to stay in a unique location, this park is great to visit.
  • How long do you need in Khao Sok?
    How long to spend in Khao Sok National Park. I'd recommend spending 2-3 nights in Khao Sok National Park to really make the most of everything on offer. One night would suffice if you're tight on time – I just wouldn't recommend a day trip, as you won't get the full experience.
  • How do I get from Bangkok to Khao Sok?
    From Bangkok to Khao Sok you can travel by bus, plane+bus, train+bus. Travel distance from Bangkok to Khao Sok National Park is about 750 km by road. You can travel by plane from Bangkok to Surat Thani (about 1.5 hour) and from Surat Thani you can travel by minivan/bus to Khao Sok (about 2.5 hours).
  • When is Monsoon Season?
  • How far is Khao Sok from Krabi?
    Travel distance from Khao Sok National Park to Krabi in Thailand is only about 150 km by road. The fastest and comfortable way is to travel by minivan/minibus to Krabi from Khao Sok
  • How do I get from Koh Samui to Khao Sok?
    There is no direct connection from Ko Samui to Khao Sok National Park. However, you can take the bus and ferry to Surat Thani Train station, take the walk to Surat Thani station, then take the Mini Van to Khao Sok.
  • How to get from Surat Thani to Koh Sok National Park?
    Train: You can take an air-conditioned, 2nd class sleeper train, (approximately 800 Baht one-way) to Surat Thani train station.Then, from the train station in Surat Thani, you can take a bus to Khao Sok. When you have arrived at the train station, exit the front entrance and turn right.
  • How do I get from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan?
    Currently, the only bookable option to get you from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan is to use the bus-ferry option. This service departs once a day, and offers a personal pick up from any hotel. Bot vehicles are air conditioned, but only the ferry may have a bathroom on board.
  • How do I get from Khao Sok to Koh Tao?
    Currently, the only bookable option to get you from Khao Sok to Koh Phangan is to use the bus-ferry option. This service departs once a day, and offers a personal pick up from any hotel. Bot vehicles are air conditioned, but only the ferry may have a bathroom on board.
  • Can you stay in Khao Sok National Park?
    There are a number of different floating hotels and resorts in Khao Sok National Park, but the 500 Rai Floating Resort is the most luxurious option. Staying on Cheow Lan Lake is a wonderful experience, giving you the chance to enjoy beautiful views of the lake and the karst cliffs of the national park.
  • How do I get from Phuket to Khao Sok National Park?
    Follow route 402 across the Sarasin Bridge to Khok Kloy then bear left onto route 4 towards Thai Mueang. At Thung Maphro, turn right onto route 4240, and then left onto 4090. Follow 4090 until you reach route 401, then turn right to Khao Sok.
  • How is the climate of Khao Sok National Park?
    climate Khao Sok National Park area Influenced by monsoon winds on both sides is both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean It starts to rain from the end of April. Until the end of December every year And will fall a lot during May - November. The best time to visit Khao Sok National Park will be during December - April of every year. The average rainfall throughout the year is 1,636 mm. The dry season starts from January - April. The weather is hot. and a slight increase in temperature There is not much rain The average annual temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the hottest month. is April The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. The month with the lowest average temperature is January, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
  • Is it interesting to take a long walk in the forest?
    If you are another person who loves and enjoys long distance hiking. or exploring nature and among beautiful plants, of course, "Khao Sok National Park", Phanom District, Surat Thani Province It should be another destination that you should not miss visiting as well. "Long-distance trekking route km. 99 - Klong Pae" is another trekking route that would like to recommend you to visit once. Especially those who love adventures in Tham Nam Thalu. It is recommended to start at kilometer 99 near the office of Khao Sok National Park. The destination of the trek is at Klong Pae, near the National Park Protection Unit at Kor Sor 4, Pae Ton Toey, to the Ratchaprapha Dam Reservoir. with a distance of approximately 8 kilometers
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