Weekending in Khao Sok National Park

Last week we went off to Khao Sok for a short two-day trip. It was Ruben’s first trip off the island since November last year – so we were very excited to be heading out. The weather wasn’t that great, and we only had one night there, but nevertheless it was a nice get-away. Even though this was a great trip – I will, for this update, write about my trip to Khao Sok in the beginning of this year. As we had a little bit more time during that trip, and therefore we were able to enjoy the area better.

In the beginning of this year, we were very fortunate to have one of our friends visiting. Bibian was spending 3wks with us, and the both of us enjoyed some quality time on the beach, but did some nice trips as well. During this time, we traveled to Khao Sok, Chiang Mai and Pai {will let you know more on the last two places in a different update}.

Bibian visiting in Thailand

Bibian visiting in Thailand

We were lucky enough to find out about Khao Sok due to a friend who has been living in Khao Lak for a while. And it was a great trip! We went to Khoa Sok for 3days/2nights; to the exact same resort we went to last week. Khoa Sok is so different than Phuket, with an amazing national park, loads of nature, and many great hiking trails.

Fog in the morning at Cliff and River Jungle Resort

Fog in the morning at Cliff and River Jungle Resort

 

After a 3hr drive {this was as we got stopped by the police and had to pay a fine for something I still don’t understand…} we arrived at The Cliff and River Jungle (http://thecliffandriver.com/). This is a beautiful small resort set on a hillside about 10km away from the National Park. It overlooks a beautiful mountain, which is covered in clouds every morning {luckily it clears up around 9am}.

 

Bungalows at Khao Sok

Bungalows at Khao Sok

The resort has several types of rooms starting at THB2,000 (about US$60). We stayed in one of the Cliff Zone Rooms, which is THB200 more expensive, but so worth it. The room has an amazing view, and is situated between the reception on the top of the hill and the restaurant at the bottom.

It’s quite a walk up and down, so be prepared should you ever visit the place. The restaurant has a mix of Thai and western food, we preferred the Thai dishes the most. And do try the pancake dessert as it’s amazing – a must try!
Breakfast is set-up in the restaurant too, and is included in the room rate. The breakfast is very basic, with a mix of Western food (bread/scrambled eggs/jam) and Asian food (fried rice / porridge and the likes).

Bibian during the canoeing tour

Bibian during the canoeing tour

Once we arrived in the hotel, we immediately booked our tours; the hotel offers several tours such as canoeing, hiking, and elephant tracking. We opted for a canoe trip and a hike, and the first one would be on our schedule that afternoon. We would head out to canoe around the river. Bibian was excited and expected us to be paddling ourselves, but this was done by our tour guide. So we were able to sit back, relax and enjoy the landscape passing by our little canoe. It was a relaxing tour of about 1.5hr before we headed back to the hotel.

YAHTZEE!

YAHTZEE!

 

 

In the evening there is nothing much to do at the resort as the restaurant closes at 8pm, and the coffee shop at 9pm. So after our dinner, a couple of games of YATHZEE! {I think this is one of the few games I can play and have fun… I usually tend to be WAY too competitive and can’t stand to loose!} we headed to bed early, which was a good idea as we were hiking first thing in the morning.

 

 

 

The next day we were picked up for our tour through the National Park with Khun Aek. We booked a full day tour and looked very much forward to it. Khun Aek was very knowledgeable about the park, it’s animals, trees and the routes through the forest {which is a big PRO in my book}. During the tour we were entertained with guide jokes {which by now I think I’ve heard them all 😉 }, different types of monkeys, some scary spiders, and most of all the amazingly beautiful nature.

Hiking in Khao Sok

Hiking in Khao Sok

Halfway through the day we stopped at a small waterfall were we could take a swim and enjoy a lunch Khun Aek brought along for us. He also made us cups out of bamboo plants, so we could enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee he prepared on the fire. It was a tasty lunch; all we needed before we would were heading the long way back.

That evening we were tired but happy, and turned in to bed early again. The next day we drove back to Phuket, and I knew this would be a place I would return to often. Hence the trip last week!

 

Have you ever been to a national park? Which one was the most amazing trip? And what did you do? I love to hear form you!

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