Ban Khao Lak Things to Do

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    Canoeing the Klong Sok River

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    We booked a half day canoeing on the Klong Sok River and from memory it cost us about 1200baht each. The actual day was about 7 hours which included travel to the river etc.

    The tour was great, though I think we must have picked the hottest day to do it as it was unbearable at times out on the water. It was such a relief for a few seconds when we could shelter under some overhanging branches.

    I cannot remember where the tour left from but we were taken to a lovely secluded area where there was a little park and a few buildings where monks lived.

    There were a few shrines and a long narrow cave we had to walk through to get to the river. This was great and at the end we were given little bags of fish food and told not to do anything with it until we were in our canoes.

    Then we realized why, as soon as the first bit of fish food hit the water we were surrounded by hundreds of fighting fish, they were jumping out of the water, splashing and fighting for the food.

    Amazing.

    Then off we went, it seemed like we were canoeing for hours. We went through some of the stillest waters, then around the bend through little rapids. There were monkeys, snakes, hundreds of birds, monitor lizards, it was fantastic.

    After about 3 hours we were thinking when are we going to turn around and head back, (all of us were starting to burn even with cream on) when our guides pulled into a little rocky beach. They pulled the canoes out and up the side of the bank we climbed, through the bushes on a tiny track.

    We came through an area of land and in front of us was a road. One of the guides wives turned up to collect the boats and we all sat around talking until our driver turned up.

    Of course the ice-cream man went past so we all had ice creams as well!! Amazing what you can find out in the middle of nowhere.

    Our guides and driver were fantastic and on the way back to Khao Lak our driver even stopped at a roadside stall and bought himself and us a huge bag of rambutans. He would not take any money for them.

    It was a very relaxing tour just gliding down the Klong Sok River, perfectly safe and we highly recommend this tour.

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    • Photography

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    Rainbow Waterfall

    by Cathy&Gary Updated Mar 18, 2009

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    We came across Rainbow Waterfall quite by accident. We originally set off well prepared with a map looking for a different waterfall.

    The map was absolutely useless and after a few hours of driving through beautiful countryside and stopping and asking numerous times where to go, we decided to head back to the hotel for a swim.

    We were nearly back into Khao Lak and there we saw it - a sign saying "Rainbow Waterfall". It might not have been the waterfall we were looking for but we had been driving for so long we did not care!

    The sign was very old, wooden and falling to bits but we decided to turn off and follow the track to see where we would end up.

    We came to the end of the track and started walking, we could hear water so knew it was not far. Then we saw a wooden plank going over a little creek and an old Thai women doing her washing in it. She indicated to us to cross over and pointed up to the right.

    Off we went and there it was.

    Rainbow Waterfall is not huge but it is very pretty and best of all there is a small swimming hole there. We were the only ones there and it was lovely, there is also a tiny drink stall but it was closed.

    Apparently locals come here a lot on weekends so it can be pretty packed.

    To find Rainbow Waterfall continue on the main road towards Takua Pa, you reach the turnoff for Pakkarang Cape after about 7 kilometres. Continuing straight on after 2 km you will reach the turnoff on the right to Rainbow waterfall (or Sairung waterfall in Thai, the sign is on the left hand side), it is a bit tricky because after taking the turnoff to the right one you have to turn right again after less than one km, there is only a small wooden sign indicating this.

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    Khao Sok National Park

    by Cathy&Gary Written Mar 18, 2009

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    Khao Sok National Park is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand.

    The park is located on the mountain ridge which separates the east and west coasts of the Thai peninsula and is situated in the west of Surattani province, in Ban Ta Khun and Phanom districts.

    Established in 1980, Khao Sok National Park was the 22nd park to be designated out of the 77 Thai National Parks. The park covers an area of 738.74 square kilometers.

    Originally the north side of the park was bounded by the Pasaeng River. However, since the construction of Rachabrapah Dam in 1982 and the formation of the artificial lake, the boundary of the park has been extended to include the reservoir.

    The reservoir itself covers an area of 165 square kilometers.

    Beyond the lake extends the wildlife sanctuaries of Khlong Saeng and Khlong Nakha and Kaeng Krung National Park.

    Then to the west of Khao Sok lies Sri Phang Nga National Park.

    There are 3 distinct forest types in Khao Sok these being Rainforest which covers the most area in the park, Limestone Forest which occurs on the steep limestone karst scattered throughout the park and Secondary or Disturbed Forest which are areas that have in the past been used for logging or human activity. This is mainly found around the lake or the banks of the Rachabrapah Dam.



    Khao Sok National Park is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand.

    The park is located on the mountain ridge which separates the east and west coasts of the Thai peninsula and is situated in the west of Surattani province, in Ban Ta Khun and Phanom districts.



    Established in 1980, Khao Sok National Park was the 22nd park to be designated out of the 77 Thai National Parks. The park covers an area of 738.74 square kilometers.

    Originally the north side of the park was bounded by the Pasaeng River. However, since the construction of Rachabrapah Dam in 1982 and the formation of the artificial lake, the boundary of the park has been extended to include the reservoir.

    The reservoir itself covers an area of 165 square kilometers.

    Beyond the lake extends the wildlife sanctuaries of Khlong Saeng and Khlong Nakha and Kaeng Krung National Park.

    Then to the west of Khao Sok lies Sri Phang Nga National Park.

    There are 3 distinct forest types in Khao Sok these being Rainforest which covers the most area in the park, Limestone Forest which occurs on the steep limestone karst scattered throughout the park and Secondary or Disturbed Forest which are areas that have in the past been used for logging or human activity. This is mainly found around the lake or the banks of the Rachabrapah Dam.



    A few of the attractions within the park are listed below. You can hire guides from the parks Headquarters and maps are also available as well as a small shop for souvenirs etc.

    Wang Hin Waterfall is an attractive waterfall on Klong Sok River. Huge boulders litter the stream about 20m from the base of the falls. You can use these boulders as stepping stones to cross the river. The crossing point is known locally as 'Bang Wang Hin' or Narrow Running Rocks.

    Tang - Nam is a natural gorge created by the Klong Sok River carving a mountain in two. The steep cliff faces plunge down to the stream. Walk downstream from Wang Hin Waterfall to reach this spot.

    Ton Gloy Waterfall. Water pours down this single level waterfall in a gushing torrent most of the year. Large flat boulders at the base of the waterfall provide excellent seats for travelers. Ton Gloy is 9 Km from the parks Headquarters.

    Ton Sai Waterfall , this beautiful waterfall has many large boulders around its base. Walk 2 Km downstream from Ton Gloy waterfall to reach it.

    Trarnsawan Waterfall tumbles down a limestone cliff face. It is about 3 Km walk downstream from Tang-Nam.

    Sib-Ed Chan Waterfall water pours over an 11 stepped staircase of rocks. The large pool at the bottom is great for swimming and is about 4Km from Headquarters.

    Mae Yai (Grandmother) Waterfall. This waterfall is the most accessible as it is close to the Surat Thani to Dagua Baa road at Km 113. The 30m high waterfall is very beautiful.

    Bat Cave. Thousands of bats live in this large chambered cave.

    Cheow Lan Dam. This large man-made dam was built to provide hydro- electricity for Surat Thani and other towns. Over 100 islands dot this massive lake, most of them clustered in the narrowest part of the lake, an area known as ' Chong Kaeb Khao Ka Loh' The dam is a 50 Km drive from headquarters.

    Local people run boat trips and trekking around the Dam as part of an eco-tourism project.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Take a boat trip

    by muratkorman Written Mar 29, 2008
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    Even if you are not interested in scuba diving, you can still enjoy a daily trip to Similan islands for snorkeling or just swimming. If you are a scuba diver, you would probably arrange an LOB package. One of the best things these boat trips offer is the beautiful sunset on open sea. Check out some of the pictures from the LOB trip I joined.

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    Diving

    by kenningst Written May 3, 2007
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    Since Khao Lak is frequented by divers, the main activity here is diving. You will find lots of dive centre offering different packages and dive trips. I book a 4D4N liveaboard trip on the M/V Dolphin Queen to the Similan and Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock for 14 dives and had a really good time. Corals was interesting and the highlight of the trip is that i was able to spot manta rays and also whale sharks. Nice....

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    Do nothing

    by kenningst Written May 3, 2007

    Why do something when you can just lay around an empty beach and just do nothing. A very good way to relax during your holiday.

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