Khao Sok National Park tours

Khao Sok National Park Lake Kayaking Tour


Khao Sok lake elephant

Our Khao Sok National Park lake expedition is aptly labeled as a soft adventure. It's our easiest and best tour for wildlife and jungle exploration.


The pace is very slow and easy as the main focus of this trip is spotting wildlife. The birding in Khao Sok National Park is superb and the wildlife sightings are astonishing.


We visit the 165 square kilometer reservoir known as Cheow Lan Lake. The actual national park part of Khao Sok incorporates the reservoir and covers 446 square kilometers!

The park also shares borders with Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary and some other smaller national parks.


We stay in unique floating bamboo bungalows in a remote area of the massive reservoir.


great hornbillHornbills are actually common. We frequently see several species. We see Great Hornbills, Bushy-crested Hornbills, Wreathed Hornbills and Helmeted Hornbills on almost every trip. White-crowned Hornbills and Plain-pouched Hornbills are sometimes seen.If you’ve never seen a hornbill, this will be a very special treat.


Hornbills aren't the only birds we see. Birders can easily add a plethora of tropical birds to their life lists. A large number of kingfishers reside in the area, along with dozens upon dozens of other colorful birds.

Check out our sister site Thailand Birding for complete info.


Khao Sok Wildlife sightings


Long-tailed macaques (monkeys), pig-tail macaques, dusky langurs (monkeys), gibbons (apes), Gaur, and even wild elephants are seen on most trips. One thing is inevitable, you’ll see and/or hear monkeys! We’ve had numerous close-up wild pig sightings. Wild Asian Elephants are in the park. Check out our wild elephant image gallery.

We've seen Malayan Tapir, Stump-tailed Macaques, Yellow-throated Martens and Serow (a type of mountain goat) in the past. Orchids are plentiful at Khao Sok. The best time of year to see them in bloom is from late February through April.


Guest's comments: John Atherton (British)

Despite being middle-aged novice paddlers the Kao Sok Trip was a fascinating experience. Dave Williams is both a kayaking expert and a top bird spotter. His patience on the water enabled us to learn a great deal about handling a kayak AND about birds whilst still relaxing and enjoying the holiday. During the four days we saw nearly thirty different birds (some rare), many being recognized by Dave by their sound before we had sight of them. The tranquility of the water shortly after dawn will bring back happy memories for a long time to come.


White-handed Gibbon


We also do some hiking. We don't go where others go as a rule. We prefer to find our own trails and we've found a lot of nice ones.


Our favorite places to hike are some creeks and a unique highland swamp.


However, two of the nicest hikes are also popular. We try to time it so we do not meet other travelers.


We have a variety of hikes where no one else goes.


The Khao Sok veiwpoint and the Nam Talu Cave hikes are two of the highlights of any visit.


Click here to see a map of Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park.


Guest's comments: Mark Strickland (American)

I can't say enough about our fantastic trip to Thailand's Khao Sok National Park with PaddleAsia. It was a great experience from start to finish - well organized but flexible itinerary, with just the right combination of paddling adventures and relaxation.


The scenery is absolutely spectacular - we explored miles of pristine shoreline, bordered by towering, limestone mountains and verdant tropical jungle.


Thanks to Dave's expertise, we paddled to just the right places to see a wide range of creatures - primates like dusky langurs, pig-tailed macaques and white-handed gibbons, and lots of bird life, including several types of eagles, hawks, and 3 different species of hornbills. We even saw wild pigs feeding at water's edge.


Thailand guide Khao SokFor complete information on kayaking in Khao Sok, including photos, rates, schedules and itineraries, please visit our sister site Paddle Asia.

Thai Guide


Mr. Bao leads most Khao Sok trips. He also runs the survival courses. Dave only goes on big group trips and school group trips, because Thai law dictates that all guides must be Thai.


Mr. Bao is fluent in English and is certified in first aid to international standards by Emergency First Response. You're in good hands.


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This page last updated on Tuesday, January 23, 2018