Khao Sok Lake Expedition

Exploring Cheow Lan Lake
Longtail boat safari on the Khao Sok Lake
Khao Sok Jungle Trekking
Khao Sok Lake Views
Wild Elephants at Khao Sok Lake

Khao Sok Lake Tour –

Example Itinerary

• Meet your experienced guide at your hotel in Khao Lak in the early morning.

• Stop at the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Marvel at the breathtaking sight of morning mist blanketing the lush jungle below.

• Arrive at the Cheow Lan Lake pier and board our traditional longtail boat. Cruise along the lake, soaking in the panoramic views from the boat. Glide past bustling wildlife habitats and navigate to the quieter, secluded corners of the lake for a truly immersive experience.

• Embark on a short trek into the heart of the jungle. Led by our knowledgeable guide, venture through dense rainforest trails teeming with diverse flora and fauna.

• Savor a freshly prepared meal amidst the serene surroundings of the lake at the floating raft house.

• Cool off in the inviting emerald waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Take a refreshing dip or simply unwind on the boat, soaking up the tranquility.

• Resume our boat journey in search of wildlife encounters. Keep your camera ready as we scan the shoreline for playful monkeys, graceful birds, and perhaps even elusive wild elephants roaming in their natural habitat.

Tour Price

Currently this trip is operated as a private tour only. 

Prices vairy depending on group size.

1 Person 16,900 THB/person
2-3 People 9,000 THB/person
4-5 People 5,100 THB/person
6-7 People 3,700 THB/person
8-10 People 3,500 THB/person


Tour Details

Pick Up Time: 07:00-08:00

Tour Duration: Average 9-10 hours

Tour Includes

• Round-Trip Transfers
• Local style lunch
• Drinks
• Entrance Fees
• Insurance

Things to Bring

• Sunblock
• Sun Hats & Sunglasses
• Towel & Swimwear
• Camera
• Personal Spending Money

Unforgettable experience with a wonderful company-highly recommend it!


We were in Thailand for 2 weeks and decided on only one excursion….and did we get lucky choosing this company! First class all the way; super responsive and friendly and well- run.

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Shoreline Cruise & Secluded Beach, Feb 2023

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Ultimate Khao Sok Lake Adventure

• Exclusive Lake Exploration
• Guided Jungle Trek
• Thrilling Wildlife Encounters

Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of southern Thailand’s natural wonders with our Khao Sok Lake Expedition. Explore off-the-beaten-path destinations and pristine landscapes, discover unforgettable experience amidst the region’s untouched beauty.

Begin your day with a warm welcome from our experienced guide at your Khao Lak hotel. Together, we embark on a scenic drive in our comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Don’t forget, most hotels will provide a breakfast box on request. So there is no need to go hungry.

Our first stop takes us to the mesmerizing Khao Sok Viewpoint, where the early morning mist creates a mystical ambiance over the lush jungle below.  Feel the anticipation build for the wonders that lie ahead as you soak in the breathtaking panoramas,

Next, we arrive at the Cheow Lan Lake pier, where a traditional longtail boat awaits to transport us into the serene waters of the lake. Cruise past towering limestone cliffs and verdant forests, marveling at the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Wildlife watching in the jungle near the Khao Sok Lake.
Lake Cruise in Khao Sok

While wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, our expert guide will share insights into the region’s diverse ecosystems and point out potential habitats along the way. Keep your senses sharp as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the jungle, with the hope of catching glimpses of the local wildlife in their natural environment.

From playful monkeys swinging through the trees to majestic wild elephants roaming in their habitat, each sighting offers a moment of wonder and connection with nature. Keep your camera ready for potential encounters with wild buffalos, tapirs, kites, eagles, and the occasional sighting of wild elephants, adding to the excitement of your adventure.

After a morning of exploration, we’ll pause for a delicious lunch at a floating raft house, offering a unique dining experience amidst the tranquility of the lake. Refreshed and rejuvenated, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the emerald waters or simply relax and take in the serene surroundings.

As we journey back to the pier, reflect on the day’s adventures and the natural beauty that surrounds us. Though wildlife sightings are subject to nature’s whims, your experience will be enriched by the breathtaking landscapes, immersive jungle treks, and the occasional encounter with the fascinating wildlife that calls Khao Sok National Park home.

Conclude your Khao Sok lake discovery tour with a scenic drive back to your hotel, filled with memories of a day spent in harmony with nature.

Book your adventure today and embark on a journey to remember in southern Thailand’s stunning wilderness!

Cheow Lan Lake

Nestled amidst the verdant expanse of Khao Sok National Park lies Cheow Lan Lake, a picturesque reservoir renowned for its stunning natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Spanning 165 square kilometers, this tranquil oasis, also known as Chiew Lan Lake, captivates visitors with its crystal-clear emerald waters, dramatic limestone karst formations, and vibrant ecosystems.

Cheow Lan Lake’s creation is a testament to both nature’s resilience and human engineering. Formed in the late 1970s as a result of the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam, the lake’s vast valleys were submerged, giving rise to a breathtaking reservoir within the heart of the national park. This transformation had significant impacts on the surrounding landscape. The flooding resulted in the creation of submerged forests, where trees still stand tall beneath the lake’s surface, creating a surreal and captivating underwater world. These submerged forests have become a unique habitat, providing shelter and food sources for a variety of aquatic species.

Local guides within Khao Sok National Park have reported an exciting development – the wild elephant population is on the rise. As the park’s protected status ensures the preservation of vital habitats, including those around Cheow Lan Lake, elephants have found sanctuary in these undisturbed landscapes. The increase in elephant sightings is a testament to the success of conservation efforts, providing visitors with the opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

While the creation of Cheow Lan Lake has brought ecological changes, it has also presented challenges. The flooding caused by the Ratchaprapha Dam had significant impacts on the surrounding ecosystems, including the displacement of wildlife and the alteration of natural habitats. However, through careful management and conservation efforts, Khao Sok National Park continues to thrive, offering visitors a glimpse into the wonders of untouched wilderness.

Cheow Lan Lake is more than just a destination; it’s a sanctuary where visitors can reconnect with nature and create unforgettable memories amidst southern Thailand’s pristine landscapes. Whether cruising on its tranquil waters, trekking through ancient rainforests, or simply soaking in the serene ambiance, Cheow Lan Lake offers an unparalleled escape into the heart of nature’s beauty.


Is it safe to swim in Khao Sok Lake?

Swimming in Khao Sok Lake, also known as Chiew Lan Lake or Cheow Lan Lake, is generally considered safe, but there are a few factors to consider. The lake’s water quality is generally good, and many visitors enjoy swimming in its crystal-clear waters. However, it’s essential to exercise caution and follow any safety guidelines.

Here are some factors to consider before swimming in Khao Sok Lake:

Wildlife: While the lake is home to a variety of wildlife, including fish and reptiles, encounters with dangerous animals are rare. However, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and avoid swimming near vegetation or areas where wildlife may be present.

Water depth: Khao Sok Lake is quite deep in some areas, so it’s essential to be cautious, especially if you’re not a strong swimmer. Stick to designated swimming areas and avoid diving or jumping into unknown waters.

Boat traffic: The lake is a popular destination for boat tours and activities, so be mindful of boat traffic when swimming. Stay visible to boat operators and avoid swimming in areas with heavy boat traffic.

Weather conditions: Be aware of weather conditions and water currents, especially during the rainy season (May to October), when water levels can rise rapidly. Avoid swimming during thunderstorms or in rough waters.

Personal safety: Always swim with a buddy, follow any posted safety guidelines, and avoid swimming under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

By taking these precautions and using common sense, swimming in Khao Sok Lake can be a safe and enjoyable experience.



Where is the Khao Sok Lake?

From Khao Lak, the Khao Sok Lake is located on the far side of the Khao Sok National Park, in Surat Thani Province. The drive takes approximately 2 hours from Khao Lak.


Is Khao Sok Lake manmade?
Yes, Khao Sok Lake, also known as Chiew Lan Lake or Cheow Lan Lake, is manmade. It was created in the late 1970s as a result of the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam. The damming of the Sok River led to the flooding of surrounding valleys and the formation of the reservoir, which we now know as Khao Sok Lake. This reservoir is a prominent feature within Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand and has become a popular destination for tourists seeking to experience its natural beauty and diverse ecosystems.
How deep is the lake at Khao Sok?

The depth of Khao Sok Lake, also known as Chiew Lan Lake or Cheow Lan Lake, varies throughout its expanse. In some areas, the lake can reach depths of over 100 meters (approximately 330 feet). However, the average depth of the lake is around 50 meters (approximately 164 feet). These depths contribute to the lake’s stunning clarity and create a diverse aquatic habitat for fish and other wildlife.

How do I book?

Booking a tour in Khao Lak is easy. Just follow these simple steps;

1. Choose the tour you want to book from the list and fill in the booking form.

2. We will then check availability and get back to you ASAP. If the date you chose is not available, we will offer you some alternative dates. We will also confirm the total cost and send you information on how to pay.

3. Follow the link we send you to make your payment. We have found that Wise is the easiest, most reliable and cheapest method of making international payments into Thailand.

4. Once we have received your payment we will send you and e-ticket as confirmation of your booking. All the details you will need will be printed on the ticket, but if you have any questions feel free to ask.


How do I pay?

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1. Click Here or follow the link we send you to create an account, or log in if you already have one.

2. Select “Send Money”.

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Can all trips be made private?

YES! Each trip can be made private and personal for you. Simple click the “Private Tour” option when making your booking, and we will get back to you with a quote.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for our full cancelation policy.

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