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As we were traveling in from Cambodia and didn’t have time to make an overland trip we decided to fly from Siem Reap to Surat Thani (via Bangkok) where we laid our heads for the night before getting a transfer down to Khao Sok National Park to begin our next adventure the following day.
Fairly early on we had decided that instead of booking all the various elements of the national park excursions ourselves we would book on a tour, and after an extensive online search I came across the Khao Sok Jungle Tour by Khao Sok Riverside Cottages and to us it was perfect. The four day three night tour included one night at Riverside Cottages, one night at Floating Bungalows, and then a final night back at Riverside Cottages.
We arrived in Khao Sok and were collected by a member of the team who helped us check in and showed us to a lovely River Cottage. After a bite to eat we had our first activity (included in the package) and we chose canoeing, so down to the river we went and along with our canoeist/guide we explored the waterways and kept an eye out for animals lurking nearby the riverbed such as monkeys, birds and snakes. Then our final activity of the day was an evening safari on foot around the National Park with only head torches to light our way.
We were most excited about the overnight trip to Cheow Lan Lake. Along with a group of other guests we were transported to the lake where we boarded a boat which crossed the lake to our accommodation for the night, floating bungalows.
On arrival we picked our bungalow, donned our swimwear and jumped straight into the water which was incredibly clear and refreshingly cool. After drying off we went for a hike up a waterfall to build up an appetite for a delicious group dinner before hitting the hay following a fun packed day as everyone was shattered!
This morning meant an early start, but it was worth it was the early morning views and somewhat cloudy sunrise as we headed back out on the lake for a safari on which we only spotted one monkey unfortunately.
Back to the bungalows we went for breakfast and check out before grabbing a kayak and exploring the lake further, and then came our goodbyes as we crossed back to dry land.
On arrival back at Riverside Cottages we checked back in and were this time allocated a Rain Forest Cottage which we actually preferred as it was less buggy. We opted for a couples massage once we’d freshened up and had a lovely last night dinner.
As we had to check out early on day four we were able to change our final activity and chose a couples massage on day three instead of the hot springs visit or half day jungle trek. Instead we made our way down to Koh Lanta via transport arranged by Riverside Cottages.
If you are travelling around Thailand I highly recommend visiting Khao Sok National Park, it was such a special few days which made an already awesome trip even better!