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    Cheow Lan Lake - Ratchaprapa Dam - Khao Sok

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 4, 2015

    I had seen photos of Ratchaprapha Dam and it looked so beautiful so off we went to see this place in person. We drive ourselves there and left early from our hotel in Khao Sok. Within minutes it started raining and for the next 30 minutes it got progressively worse.

    At times it was torrential, this was no fun at all and was getting scary not being able to see properly. We were just about to give up and turn around to go back when we both saw in the distance a small patch of sky that did not look so black and soon the weather was clearing.

    Now the views along the way are beautiful with the mist covering the mountains.

    It was an hour’s drive from our hotel in Khao Sok. It is a good drive from Phuket, Khao Lak or Surat Thani.

    Cheow Lan Lake is a very spectacular 165 square kilometer manmade lake which is contained by the Ratchaprapha Dam in Khao Sok National Park; the actual park covers an area of about 750 square kilometers.

    There are so many things to see and do here, fresh water fishing, waterfalls, hiking, boat trips and you can find plenty of floating raft houses on the lake to stay in. But we were here to have a look around the lake and dam and it did not disappoint.

    Absolutely amazing and so beautifully maintained.

    Next trip we will definitely explore the area more.

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    Klong Sok River Tubing

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 4, 2015

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    Well our day started out beautiful and sunny so I went and booked us both to go river tubing. The price was 400baht each for an hour of tubing down the Sok River starting from our hotel then transport back. About 10 minutes before we were due to start the heavens opened with some torrential rain. No problems we waited another 30 minutes and it cleared up.

    Our guide Jack was so much fun, he had a spectacular dumping into the river, in a very fast flowing section due to trying to hold onto my tube and stop me from going into some bushes in the middle of the river, I was saved but Jack went under!

    We had so much fun; I have never been tubing before and loved it.

    Looking forward to doing it again next visit.

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    Lampi Waterfall - Hat Thai Muaeng National Park

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 1, 2015

    Lampi Waterfall is about 20 minutes south of Khao Lak or from Phuket it is an easy drive of about 70 kilometers on Highway 4. Look for the signs to turn off the highway and then it is only 1.5 kilometers away.

    This waterfall is great as it is only a couple of minutes walk from the car park. There is also a restaurant/shop and toilets.

    Entry to the Hat Thai Mueang National Park in low season is 100baht and parking is 30baht. So our fees should have been 230baht however the girl at the desk said she will do it for 150baht if we do not need the tickets.

    The three level waterfalls are beautiful with an area roped off for swimming, plenty of shade and lots to explore. We had decided to have lunch there so stopped at a 7/11 on the way and bought sandwiches and drinks, what a gourmet spread it was, all for the price of 150baht.

    We went during the week and were the only people there, though I imagine it would be busy on weekends.

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    White Sand Beach

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 1, 2015

    We only went to White Sand Beach for lunch and this area looks totally different to when we first went there years ago. We actually stayed at the Similana which is now closed and is on the same little road down to White Sands Beach.

    The real name of this beach is Ao Thong. The area is pretty with lots of soft white sand around the restaurant and seating areas, it looks like they ship this sand in as it is different to the beach sand in front.

    You can still hire sun loungers and umbrellas on the beach here. We went there during low season and it was quite a busy place.

    Lunch was prawn and salad sandwiches from White Sands Restaurant, freshly cooked and it was delicious.

    Lovely setting and we would go back for a meal if we are ever in the area.

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    Tsunami Victims Cemetery

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 1, 2015

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    The Tsunami Victims Cemetery is a disgrace. Overgrown, gates locked, abandoned, very sad to see and there are still 370 unidentified victims buried there in metal coffins surrounded by concrete chambers to preserve as much DNA as possible.

    The sad part is that their identity cannot be proven to international standards of 90 percent certainty, preventing their return to families.

    Thai Tsunami Victim Identification unit which was once known as the world's biggest forensics investigation stopped operating in 2009. It is abandoned except for a man and his dogs that live there.

    Very sad to see the condition of the Tsunami Victims Cemetery.

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    Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial

    by Cathy&Gary Written Feb 1, 2015

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    Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park is beautiful and very well looked after. The park is about 30 kilometers north of Khao Lak and is in memory to the thousands who died during the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

    The little museum has some good information but it is such a shame that the plaques on the wall are deteriorating so badly that you can barely see most of the photos and inscriptions.

    Beautiful but very sobering place.

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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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    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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    Take a boat trip

    by muratkorman Written Mar 29, 2008

    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

    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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