Khao Sok National Park is in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. Its area is 739 km², and it includes the 165 square kilometer Cheow Lan Lake contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam. The park is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand and is traversed by a limestone mountain range from north to south with a high point of 950 m. The pictures from here do not do it justice and the views and landscapes are truly breathtaking. In this guide to Khao Sok, you’ll find some insight into our lodging and restaurant recommendations.
In Khao Sok, we decided to stay at Smiley Bungalow and Smiley Lake House. In total, we stayed two nights at the bungalow and one night at the Lake House. Both the bungalow and lake house had very basic but functional accommodations. There was no AC at both places, but the fans worked fine as it cooled down at night and we slept well.
Our accommodations included free breakfast at both the bungalows and lake house. Lunch and dinner were also provided at the lake house which was included in our total accommodation costs. Our time spent with Smiley exceeded our expectations. The owners are incredibly nice and were always willing to help and answer any questions. The owner was also extremely helpful when we needed to book transport to our next destination. We highly recommend staying in Khao Sok National Park, it is quite the experience!
Through Smiley’s, we arrived at the Lake House via longtail boat and spent our hours swimming and kayaking on the lake. We then went on a “night safari” on the longtail where we saw mainly birds and monkeys. The following day, we went on a waterfall hike and spent some more time on the lake relaxing before we headed back to town. More specific details for what we did can be found on the Smiley website here. If you plan on visiting Khao Sok and want to spend some time on the lake, we highly recommend doing it through Smiley’s!
If you’re traveling anywhere in Southeast Asia, TripAdvisor is without a doubt the best place to check out the reviews. Dan’s TripAdvisor page has all of our reviews and pictures of our meals. Since most of our meals were taken care of by Smiley’s, we did not eat out in town but we did love the one that we did go to:
Pawn’s – This is a must visit on the main street in Khao Sok. It was very near to Smiley Bungalows and we ended up coming here for all of our meals. This family run restaurant was phenomenal and you can tell they take pride in their dishes. The penang chicken was great and the massaman curry was one of the best dishes we had in Thailand. Prices were as expected. We highly recommend!
Unfortunately, we don’t know of any volunteer opportunities in the Khao Sok area. If you do, we would love to feature it on our page. Reach out to us via email at email@example.com or DM us on Instagram (@jetsetforgood).