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A Quick Guide Through Cheow Lan Lake – What to Know

March 1, 2020

Just 50km away from Khao Lak is one of the world’s most amazing and oldest forest, Khao Sok National Park. Here, exotic fauna and beautiful flora inhabit what some people call the wettest area in Thailand. If you’re planning to visit Khao Sok National Park, be prepared to marvel at the natural beauty this place has to offer and stand stunned, staring into one of its most beautiful gems—Cheow Lan Lake.

The Birth of Cheow Lan Lake

Cheow Lan Lake, while filled with natural beauty, wasn’t exactly created naturally. Back in 1982, Ratchaprapha, a dam that was constructed nearby, flooded the area into a lake we know and love today.

Covering over 180 square kilometers, Cheow Lan Lake boasts emerald green waters dotted with towering limestone karsts and was once home to a large coral reef system. These karsts, while a visual spectacle for anyone to see, houses plenty of life, especially in the water that surrounds it.

Buried deep within Khao Sok National Park, the lake sits peacefully, nurturing the life within, now offering a broad diversity of plants and animals. Surrounding this beautiful lake are rocky ridges that allow water to seep through as if they were rivers, called by the Thais as “Klongs.”

The Klongs of Cheow Lan Lake

Around Cheow Lan Lake, there are many different klongs you can visit. The easiest one you can get to right by Ratchaprapha pier and is called Klong Ka.

Hiking here brings you through stunning and beautiful sights you’ll ever see. You’ll even get to stand atop a viewpoint that gives you a full view of the towering karsts. Not only that, but this place is also home to one of the park’s most beautiful caves, Pra Kay Petch cave. Also known as the Diamond cave, you’ll encounter stunning stalagmite and stalactite formations, as well as plenty of bats.

Resting in the north-western area of Cheow Lan Lake is Klong Saeng. It used to hold the title as Thailand’s largest river, up until Cheow Lan Lake was spawned. Getting here, you’ll need to get on a boat and ride on for a few hours. With stunning beauty at every inch of the way, you’ll continuously discover something new that’ll excite your senses.

Once you arrive at Klong Saeng, you’ll encounter a reserve that you’ll need to pay extra to get in. Fortunately, a guide will bring you to a beautiful area where you can sit down and try your best to spot various wildlife animals, such as wild elephants.

Activities at Cheow Lan Lake

Other than visiting the beautiful klongs, there are plenty of other activities that you can do here. If you have a few days to spare and explore the lake, know that tours are available that span for several days to get you up close with the wildlife of Cheow Lan Lake.

If you’re an avid bird watcher, you’re in for a real treat here as well! There are still tours for this exact purpose, and you’ll discover plenty of birds, such as the kingfishers and even hornbills.

If all you want to do is a hike, there’s an adventure awaiting you! Not only will you get to enjoy a relaxing hike through the park’s beautiful forests, but you’ll encounter many other attractions, such as viewpoints, waterfalls, caves, and even pools where you can enjoy a dip.

Final words

Khao Sok National Park is just filled with natural beauty, and Cheow Lan Lake takes that up to a whole new level. There’s an adventure that awaits you here, promising exciting new experiences everywhere you go. If you are traveling around the Khao Lak area or anywhere else nearby Khao Sok National Park, we implore you to visit this place. It is worth it!

If you are staying at Khao Lak, enjoy a remarkable experience from the beginning and book a place with Manathai Kaho Lak! From excellent dining options to boutique rooms, we have all you’ll ever need to call us your home away from home. Even if your trip to the park is over, our facilities and offerings will ensure that your enjoyable experience will not end!