Floating Bungalows in Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park.

 

After a long, 13 hour sleeper train we finally arrived at our destination. We dropped off our backpacks, hoping they’d still be there when we returned and headed towards wondrous 738-sq-km Khao Sok National Park. It is believed that this jungle is over 160 million years old which would make it one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Of all the places I visited during my month in Thailand, this was by far my favourite, and the most beautiful.

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I’m a complete sucker for natural beauty and this national park drew me right in. With it’s limestone karsts coming out of every corner, I sat mesmerised at my surroundings on the boat trip towards the floating bungalows.

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We stopped in a few places for a swim and soon arrived at our accommodation for the night, it looked less than sturdy, like it could have sunk into the water at any minute. And indeed, there were some parts of the walkway broken or completely underwater that we had to avoid. Because of this, what would have been our nearest bathroom was now unreachable. Instead, we had to walk along the walkway around ten minutes to the other end.

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The bungalows were very basic, with just a mattress on the floor covered with a mosquito net.

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The door to the bungalow I shared with my friend was broken. We were warned of monkeys around so we had to barricade the door at night with our backpacks. To some people, this accommodation might sounds like a nightmare, but for me, it was quite the opposite. I loved the simplicity of the bungalows and feeling ‘at one with nature’. I actually consider it to be the best place I have ever stayed, for the reasons I’ve just mentioned and, most importantly, what lay outside the bungalows.

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Ahead of us there was water and mountain-like limestone karsts as far as the eye could see. As soon as we arrived we changed jumped in the water. We explored in a canoe and then relaxed in rubber rings. Laying in this rubber ring with a drink in my hand surrounded my wondrous scenery… Words cannot describe how bliss this felt.

By day the national park was a peaceful, tranquil place with little noise or movement. At night the park came alive with monkeys rushing around. Throughout the night we heard many monkeys clambering over our roof.

I would recommend Khao Sok National Park to anyone visiting Thailand. If you want a unique, basic and once-in-a-lifetime experience, I would definitely suggest you arrange to stay in the floating bungalows too.

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Essential Info: Khao Sok is a short bus journey from Suratthani, Krabi, or Phuket. I went there as part of a tour with Thaintro. We visited in June which is the Monsoon season, yet it only rained once and when you’re already in the water and it’s very hot, who cares?

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12 Comments

  1. March 11, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Sounds like quite the experience! Not sure if I would entirely be at ease with the monkeys clambering over my roof. 😀 But what a view to wake up to indeed! We visited Thailand in 2015, but didn’t do Khao Sok National Park. We’ll be heading back there this summer though, so who knows, we might be including Khao Sok National Park this year! 😉

    • March 12, 2017 / 9:51 am

      It really was. Haha as strange as it sounds, I quite enjoyed hearing them on the roof. It felt really ‘wild’. That’s so great you’re visiting Thailand again. I’d love to go back and see more of the country.

  2. March 12, 2017 / 1:00 am

    I just went to Khao Sok last weekend and LOVED it!!! It was absolutely stunning and the water bungalows were of course so much fun!

    • March 12, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Ah I wish I could have spent longer there! I’d love to go back one day. Looking forward to reading your post on it and comparing experiences 🙂

  3. March 12, 2017 / 8:11 am

    These look so adorable! The fact that you have to barricade the door to prevent monkeys from coming in just sounds hilarious! Looks like such an awesome experience.

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:19 am

      They were and they were so unlike any other place I’ve ever stayed. Haha it was definitely a fun experience!

  4. March 12, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I’ve never been to Khao sok national park but your pictures certainly took me down memory lane to my honeymoon in Thailand. 🙂 Gorgeous photographs. Really makes me want to go back!

    • March 12, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you, I think it would have been hard to find a non-beautiful to photograph. What an amazing country to spend a honeymoon!

  5. March 12, 2017 / 10:39 am

    That’s absolutely breathtaking! I’m not a city girl, I’d rather be surrounded by natural beauty like this one than big buildings. Your accommodation looks really cute, I just hope you didn’t have to go to the toilet in the evening as it would’ve been a hassle walking down to the other end in the middle of the night. :p

  6. Dariel Lim
    March 13, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    A very special accommodation with breathtaking views! Curious how the interior looks like, especially the toilet. Will refer back for future trip planning.

  7. May 10, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    This was one of the most amazing structures I have ever seen!! Great pictures!

  8. June 23, 2017 / 3:47 am

    Looks like a great place to visit I missed it on my trip to Thailand… will plan for next time…

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