KSL2-F: 2 days 1 night Cheow Lan Lake Discovery (Overnight Raft House)
Families with children younger than 12 as well as young couples love our 2-day Lake Explorer: Enjoy a trip to marvelous Cheow Larn Lake, a wonderful trip in Khaosok National Park and spend a night at Raft House, including the back-to-basic stay on the floating hut is a really touching experience – and of course meet our lovely elephants.
- 2 days 1 night tour
- Khao Sok national park
- Elephant bathing
- Lake discovery
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
We pick you up at the hotel in the morning to leave Phuket with our guide who will take care of and provide you information. When the bus crosses Sarasin Bridge Phang Nga Province, you can feel the lifestyle of the local communities and their livings as well as the scenery of mountains, rubber and palm which are economic plants around the area. Take a short break for a cup of coffee while enjoying beautiful scenery at Khao Lak. Khao Lak has been hit by Tsunami. Now, there is no mark of damage but only the painful memory of the tragedy. As well as good memory of people who give help to others without discrimination to class, color, nation and religious such like “one world together”.
We then take you to Suratthani where the evergreen forest of Khoa Sok National Park is located. While we are on the mountainous and wonderful route, you will see the self-sufficiency lifestyle of the local people which makes us feel envy. Arrive at Khaosok for an excited Excited Elephant Bathing Program, you can enjoy giving the elephant a refreshing bath, where you can scrub them, play with them and, get on their back without saddle (approximately 20 minutes). After the bathing, you can buy some bananas to feed the elephants to show your appreciation if you wish.
We lead you to Khao Sok Discovery Camp with the scenery of spectacular hills and mountains which will give you a wonderful and unforgettable memory. Khoa Sok Discovery Camp is a riverside restaurant with easy and natural atmosphere with home grown plants like chilly, corn, etc. You will be enjoying Thai and non-spicy lunch. After lunch we take you to Ratchaprapa Dam which takes about 40 minutes to arrive the pier. We will take long-tailed boat, operated by a professional boatman who knows the route very well, to reach the accommodation Raft House Bungalow (Floating Bungalow). The boatman profession is reserved only to the local people who were affected by the construction of the dam. To sit in a long-tailed boat is another experience you will enjoy with the beautiful scenery while passing through the limestone mountain that set along the way. Some of the mountains are the habitats of the gibbons and birds. After 1.30 – 2.00 hours of the fresh and watering trip, you can feel how the time is passing so rapid. We lead to the accommodation made of natural materials with separated bathroom. The exciting atmospheres of the floating raft house bungalows are surrounded with mountains and vast space of emerald water. At the raft, we provide bamboo for you to adventure the lake and watch beautiful view at your own direction. In the evening, the scent of water and noise of creatures will make your dinner more enjoyable. After dinner, we will take you to “Night Safari” another boat adventure by watching the living of gibbons, monkeys, snakes and other creatures. Taking the boat adventure during rainy season will let you see more other wildlife such as wild hog, bison, schomburgk’s deer, etc. As they will live in deep forest during dry season. When completing the adventure, you will enjoy your sleep on the floating raft-house.
In the morning, you may swim or bamboo and enjoy the eminent mountains alongside that are hidden behind the river of fog. Let’s say that it’s a very romantic time. After breakfast, we will take you to another adventure with bamboo rafting after experiencing a long-tailed boat on previous day. The “Tham Nam Talu” and “Ha Roi Rai” caves are the destination. Inside the cave you will be excited with stalagmite, stalactite, darkness and the noise of bats. When you leave the cave, there is a track to watch the beautiful scenery of Ratchaprapa Dam (Cheao Lan Dam). After the adventure, we will take you to the accommodation for lunch and prepare for the leaving with the pleasant memory. If you have some spare time, please take a visit to the dam. There are many unseen things in Thailand.
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- Transfer R/T
- Soft drinks/ coffee break
- Lunch [Thai set menu]
- Tour Guide
- Sun block lotion
- Sun glasses
- Suitable shoes
- Hat or cap
- Extra clothes & Towel
- 70% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes less than 7 days but not less than 5 days before your scheduled arrival.
- 100% of your total amount will be charged if you notify us about your cancellation or any changes less than 5 days before your scheduled arrival.
- All programs are included national park fee
- All programs are subject to change depend on the weather condition
- Minimum 2 persons is required to operate above tour programs
- All times given above are varies.
- All Guests undertaking a tour and staying at Khaosok Discovery must have personal travel insurance for the duration of their stay at Khaosok Discovery program.
- Khaosok Discovery tours are not recommended for children under the age of 4. Khaosok Discovery does not accept responsibility for children under the age of 4, pregnant women, people of ill health or anyone who is suffering from any congenital disease, sickness or injury unknown to Khaosok Discovery prior to arrival.
About raft house
Known widely as Floating Bungalows, these authentic Thai raft houses are popular accommodation for worldwide travelers visiting Khao Sok National Park. Sit back and enjoy the surrounding views of Cheow-Larn- Lake whilst enjoying a fabulous lunch of Thai dishes which are prepared directly on the property.
Generally serene and charming, spending a night in a floating bungalow is a great way to commune with the abundance of nature surrounding this scenic area.
Visit the raft house
Since it locates near Klong Long, the raft house is one of the most accessible raft houses on the lake. Only about 40 minutes by longtail boat, this makes our raft house an ideal location for families or couples looking for a shorter boat trip to get to their raft house. Additionally, the Coral Cave is nearby making our raft house is a great location for families or couples that prefer a nice hike with the amazing view as well as a variety of plants and animals.
- 24 Hour swimming area
- Complimentary kayak
- Electricity 6 pm – 11 pm
- Hot shower
- Mosquito nets
- Shared bathrooms
- Air conditioning
- Diving platform
- Meals included
- Nearby hike to viewpoint
- Snack shop
- Electricity 18:00-9:00
- Fishing poles
- Mobile service
- Private bathrooms
- Towel service
Khaosok Boutique Camps features 15 accommodations in 3 types: 3 Sunset Tent Camps, 2 Romantic Signature (Apartment type) and 10 Exotic Top View Tent Camps
- Currently, we do not have specific family tents at Khaosok Boutique Camps. Families of up to 2 adults and 2 children can be accommodated in one tent, with 1 child sleeping in an extra mattress, while 1 child shares the double bed with its parents. This is suitable for children up to 8 years of age.
- For families with older children (kids’ rates are applicable up to the 12th birthday of a child!) may enjoy 2 separate tents at no extra charge.
- Khaosok Discovery offers special kids’ rates all year round to children from 4 years of age up to their 12th birthday (tour departure date), as long as they are accompanied by at least one full paying adult and share the bed with their parents.
- Please understand that we cannot accept children younger than 4 years of age.
Hair dryers are on request at The Khaosok Boutique Camps. Please note that hair dryers cannot be used at the Raft House, due to limited power supply.
At The Khaosok Boutique Camps, we do have electricity 24 hours per day (However, sometimes there can be expected power outage when heavy rain. At the Raft House, power usually lasts all day long as well, as long as it is managed adequately from 6.00 pm. Until 6.00 am. Please charge all electronic equipment during your first night at The Khaosok Boutique Camps, before heading out to the Raft House, in order to save power.
At The Khaosok Boutique Camp, we do offer free WiFi in the common area. At the Raft House as it is so remote, there is no internet and not even phone signal out there – finally you can switch off your phone without feeling guilty and enjoy pure nature at its very, very best.
Khaosok Discovery and Khaosok Boutique Camps offers a wide variety of fine Thai dishes at our buffet lunches and dinners. Breakfast is rather mixed western and Thai, with a choice of cereals, fruit, yogurt, bread, sausages and eggs. On request, we are happy to cater for special diets – please inform us about this at time of booking.
Our chefs are more than happy to prepare vegetarian, vegan, halal, extra spicy or any kind of other meals for you on request. Furthermore, we also offer special dishes for guests with food allergies. Please state your dietary needs and requests when placing your booking.
Please note that due to the location of our Khaosok Boutique Camps and Raft House we can only accept cash payments on-site. This includes drinks expenses and souvenir purchases. We kindly ask you to prepare sufficient cash in Thai Baht (THB).
We include all transfers to and from your hotel location from Phuket, Khao Lak in our tour packages, as long as you stick to our joint transfer times. Transfer options are Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Khanom, Don Sak Pier and even Koh Samui (incl. land transfer on Samui!). All these transfers can be combined at additional surcharge, so pick up e.g. on Phuket and drop off at your hotel on Samui is possible without any problems. Please mention the detail when placing you booking.
Generally, we do pick you up at the hotel lobby between 7am and 10am (exception being Koh Samui, where pick up is at 6am already, in order to reach the ferry to the mainland on time). When booking, we are happy to offer you an estimated pick up time on request – and we’ll always confirm with the exact pick up time to your hotel one day before your Khaosok Discovery adventure commences.
To travel to join Khaosok Discovery from Bangkok, we suggest two options:
Option 1, Surat Thani Airport- 2hrs transfer time to Khaosok Boutique Camps (additional surcharge will be applicable). If you book the early flight, you can be able to join the program. But, you can either have a pre-night at the Khaosok Boutique Camps with the later flight then you can join the adventure program on the next day.Option 2, Phuket Airport- 3hrs transfer time to join Khaosok Discovery adventure Domestic flight arriving Phuket International Airport before 09.00 am is part of our scheduled join transfer at no surcharge! (You can also arrange private transfer to comfort your trip)
Take the overnight train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, arriving 07:21am. Our driver will await you at the train station and transfer you out to Khaosok Boutique Camps – transfer is additional surcharge. Please note that due to frequent delays of the train, our driver usually arrives at the train station at 8am. Should you arrive earlier than this, please be a little patient and wait for our driver to arrive.
- To transfer you out to Koh Samui, we will drive you to Don Sak Pier, including the ferry ticket for you, ensure that you board the correct ferry, and have a driver waiting for you on Samui Island, who transfers you to your according hotel. All of this is can be arranged as the additional private service on request with surcharge.
- Pick up on Koh Samui is possible as well, trip will be vice versa, and again there will be a surcharge as a private transfer service. Please just be aware that this is a rather early start, as we will pick you up around 6am at your hotel on Koh Samui.
Please note all our standard transfers are joint transfers in comfortable vans, seating up to 10 persons. Private transfers can be arranged on request at a surcharge.
Please understand that we do not allow self-drive arrivals to Khaosok Boutique Camps. Both our camps are very difficult to find, there are no big signs or similar on the road. In the past, guests driving themselves could not find the camps easily, thus arrived late and missed activities – you will certainly agree that this is not desirable for anyone involved. Hence please understand that we decided to not allow self-drive arrivals anymore, and please feel free to make use of our free join program.
Early transfers out are possible without problems. Please note that you might miss activities on your last day at Khaosok Discovery Adventure. Also, as early transfers are private transfers, therefore there will be additional private transfer surcharges.
All Khaosok Discovery tour packages are fully inclusive of accommodation, full board, activities as per chosen itinerary, a fully trained, TAT-licensed English speaking Thai tour leader*, National Park fee, boat to lake, lunch as well as joint transfers to and from Phuket and Khao Lak as per our transfer options.
Not included are soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities as well as personal acquisitions from our souvenir shop or the local markets.
All prices shown are quoted in Thai Baht and are subject to change without prior notice.
Payments are easiest made by PayPal. Once fully payment is received, your booking will be confirmed.
Payment via bank transfer is possible on request, but might include a surcharge for bank transfer fees.
Please note that tours have to be paid for prior to arrival.
Please understand that, due to the remote location of our tented camps, we much prefer to receive bookings as early as possible, in order to plan all activities, food etc accordingly. Therefore, we cannot offer last minute discounts.
As every individual walking this Earth is different, we cannot generally suggest one specific tour for families or couples. However, we have tried to give you some guidelines in our tour session.
Khaosok Discovery Adventure Tours are run all year round. Please note that we are based in Khao Sok, one of Thailand’s wettest areas, with about 3,500mm rainfall per annum, so it can rain any day of the year. Vice versa, the sun may shine any day of the year. Please understand that rain usually falls heavily in showers during one or two hours – and thanks to the temperatures not dropping below 25°C during daytime this is usually a very pleasant experience.
Monsoon Season, or Green Season, as we like to call it, officially starts in May and ends around October. This is the perfect time to travel: Temperatures drop slightly to a comfortable 25-32°C during daytime, nature shines up in a lush green, and the chances of spotting wildlife increase dramatically.
As especially May, June, September and October are not super popular months for most of our clients to travel due to being summer/early autumn in their home countries, you may strike some surprisingly good deals and enjoy a more intimate experience, as guest numbers are on average lower.
Khaosok Discovery, local operator with Thai signature, welcomes any open-minded traveler from anywhere on this world, with the very vast majority of our guests coming from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
To place your booking, please simply choose your tour and follow the intuitive booking process. Should you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact us.
We offer day trips to any of our Khaosok Discovery Adventure. In order to offer an intimate elephant riding or bathing encounter with small groups, we suggest you to choose our day trip program from tour session. Besides, we recommend staying overnight in a tented camps in the rainforest of Khaosok is an experience you certainly won’t forget too soon.
Please bring non-slip shoes like sturdy sandals or trainers, loose comfortable clothes, sun protection (disposable raincoats are available on every van, but we would like to encourage you to bring a re-usable one with you to save the environment), swim wear for use at in the river or lake. Please also remember to bring your passport for the check in process.
Khao Sok is not a typical malaria area, and usually free of malaria. However, we always advise to consult a tropical doctor before traveling to Thailand.
YES. Although we have all accident and group insurances exceeding requirements by the Thai law, please understand that we can only welcome guests to Khaosok Discovery who do have personal travel insurance.
Despite this common myth, elephants are not at all intimidated or scared by little mice but the mice can annoy them.
Asian elephants consume up to 200kg of food a day, the intake of African elephants can even exceed this. Their diet is strictly vegetarian, and they spend 16-18 hours a day looking for food rather sleeping!
In spite of many people believing elephants would crave for peanuts, we cannot verify this. Our elephants much prefer sweet fruit like bananas, pineapples or water melon.
Elephants are pregnant for 20-22 months, which is the longest gestation period of any living creature on this planet! They usually give birth to one single calf; the chance of having twins is about 1%. Babies weigh between 80-100kg at birth, and are breast-fed for approximately 3 years!
African elephants (Loxodonta Africana) and Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) are different animal species, and cannot interbreed.
It is true to say that the trend of riding or bathing the elephant is changed!!. Let us have a little explanation regarding to this detail that you can find from FAQ of top 15 questions.