Khao Sok Floating Bungalow Trip | 3 Days | KHAO SOK, THAILAND

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  • Spend a magical night in a floating bamboo bungalow on Cheow Lan Lake in the heart of Khao Sok National Park!
  • Enjoy jungle trekking, kayaking, caving, canoeing, swimming in the lake and long-tail boat trips amongst the limestone cliffs. Wake in the morning to the blissful sounds of nature.
  • Accommodation, meals, English-speaking guide, all activities and transport included.
  • The tour departs every day. Choose your preferred start day below.


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Khao Sok Floating Bungalow Trip Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Khao Sok for check-in and be shown to your room at the lovely Coco Hostel.
  • After nightfall, we head to the National Park for a night safari, where we’ll look for nocturnal animals.
  • On this day your activities start at 7 pm in the evening so we advise that you arrive at Coco Hostel in the afternoon to give you time to check in and relax before your adventure begins.

Day 2:

  • 9 am – Kick off the day with a full breakfast and then set off for an overnight trip to Cheow Lan Lake. Stop along the way at a traditional morning market to look around and buy some snacks for the boat trip.
  • 10 am – Arrive at Rachaprabha Dam and hop aboard a long-tail boat. You’ll be awe-struck by the incredible scenery on the boat ride to the raft house and floating bungalows – a fairytale landscape that you will never forget!
  • 12 noon – Enjoy a tasty lunch of fresh fish from the lake, and delicious vegetables. (Vegetarian options available).
  • 1:30 pm – After lunch, take a hike through the pristine jungle, where you will explore a secret cave that is decorated with fantastic rock formations and sparkling waterfalls. 
  • 5 pm – After returning to the rafthouse, go for an afternoon wildlife safari by long-tail boat to explore more of the amazing scenery and karsts. Swimming involved.
  • 7 pm – Enjoy a delicious dinner and then overnight on the lake in floating bungalows. Fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the forest.

Please note: The floating bungalows are very basic. They are not perfectly-seeled containers and do not offer private bathrooms. Some are quite small. All are “rustic”. Electricity on-site is limited to certain times.

Day 3: 

  • 6:30 am – After an early morning wake-up, you’ll go on a morning mist safari! Head out for a guided kayak trip (or long-tail boat ride) to see langurs leaping from trees and giant orchids in the canopy. Spot giant hornbills, monkeys, and gibbons feeding in the trees before breakfast.
  • 8:30 am – Breakfast followed by your choice of kayaking or relaxing and swimming in the emerald green waters.
  • 12 noon – Lunch.
  • 1 pm – Travel back across the lake. Along the way, your boat driver will show you some more hidden bays and rock formations that make the lake so special. Arrive at Rachaprabha Dam and take a car back to Khao Sok village.
  • 2 pm – Arrive at Coco Hostel where the tour finishes.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation: 1 night in Coco Hostel. 1 night in the floating bungalows on Cheow Lan Lake.
  • All meals on Day 2. Breakfast + lunch on Day 3. (Vegetarian and vegan food available)
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Transport to Cheow Lan Lake.
  • All activities – trekking, caving, kayaking etc.

What’s Not Included?

  • Entrance fee to Khao Sok National Park – Must be paid upon entrance to the national park (currently 320 THB).
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Dinner on Day 1.

What to bring

  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, long sleeves
  • Swimsuit
  • Plastic bag for clothes and other dry items
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Hiking clothes – these will get dirty!
  • Hiking shoes (we recommend tennis/running shoes)
  • Mosquito repellent for hiking
  • Extra clothes to wear in the van (it can get cold with the A/C)
  • Towel – the floating raft houses can’t always guarantee they’ll provide one.

Special Requirements: If you have any special requirements (dietary, physical, etc.) please include these in the “additional information” box when you place your order.

Please note: The above price is per person, based on a minimum of 2 people. For single travellers, a single supplement of 900 THB applies in the very unlikely scenario that there is no one else to join the activity. (P.S. After several years, we have never had a situation where a traveller has paid the single supplement as we have always managed to get groups together for this very popular and amazing trip!)

A word on Monsoon Season: From June to December, (peaking in August/September), there is a higher probability of rain and all that goes with it. Some travellers will love the increased peace and quiet, the probability of coming up close to wildlife and occasionally, the chance to weather a storm whilst floating above a lake in the jungle. Other travellers may struggle with the reduced level of comfort. Travellers, know yourselves!

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit online via South East Asia Backpacker.
  • This deposit is fully refundable if you wish to cancel up until 48 hours before the start of the activity. PLEASE NOTE: This policy refers to the payment made to South East Asia Backpacker at the time of booking. All subsequent payments to the operator of your chosen activity fall under their own refund policy
  • For cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity there is no refund available.
  • You can request a change of date at any time.
  • Date changes are entirely down to the availability of the operator and nothing to do with South East Asia Backpacker. 
  • If your date change is not agreed upon, as long as it is more than 48 hours before the start date you originally made your booking for, your deposit can be refunded in full if you wish to cancel.
  • The remaining payment for the experience is payable directly to the operator.
  • The operator can request the remaining payment via an online payment link or upon arrival at the destination.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the operator, is based on the terms and conditions of the operator, over which South East Asia Backpacker have no control.
  • Please see our customer terms and conditions for more information.


Can I leave my luggage at the hostel while I visit the lake?

Yes, we recommend that you leave your luggage at the hostel and take a small overnight bag with you for the night in the floating bungalow.

Is the accommodation private or a shared room?

You will spend the first night of the tour in a shared room and the second night in a shared floating bungalow.

How long does it take to get to Khao Sok from the closest airports?

Surat Thani – Approx 1.5 hours

Krabi – Approx 2 hours

Phuket – Approx 2.5 – 3 hours

How can I get to the hostel from Surathani?

From the Airport

From Surathani Airport, when exiting the baggage claim area, there are often staff from Phantip Travel asking travellers where they want to go. Please tell them you are going to Khao Sok and they will put you on the next available shared van. 

As a last resort, you can find a private car upon arrival at the airport – there are taxis as you exit the building, or you can order a Grab taxi.

From Surathani Bus Station
From Surathani city, there are shared vans to Khao Sok leaving at roughly 9:00, 11:00, 15:00, and 17:00. They depart from the bus station at Talad Kaset. Please note these times change frequently, so it’s best to double-check.
From Surathani Train Station
From Surathani train station, walk across the street from the station to Wut Travel (or Phantip travel) and they will help you arrange a shared van.

How can I get to the hostel from Phuket?

From Phuket at 09:30 there is a public bus (bound for Surat Thani) that gets to Khao Sok at around 13:30. This departs from Public Bus Station #2. Please check to make sure your bus goes through Khao Sok, as there are also Surat Thani bound buses that do not go through Khao Sok. Please note these times change frequently, so it’s best to double-check.

Is it possible to get a transfer to my next destination?

Yes, there are public minivans that run daily to Surat Thani, Krabi and Phuket. If you prefer a private car, the hostel can organise one for you.

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31 reviews for Khao Sok Floating Bungalow Trip | 3 Days | KHAO SOK, THAILAND

  1. Kate

    Don’t take the itinerary as gospel at all. We were 2 hrs late getting on the boat with no explanation. Fish and curry was at dinner and not lunch. Apart from this, the itinerary was met, just not in that order or timings. It’s not really a market you stop off at, a small overpriced shop where the guide makes you buy a head torch for the cave. He has some spares but not enough for everyone (glad we didn’t buy one!).

    The night safari on the first night is a 1hr- 1hr30min walk in the National park when dark. You see insects and some cool lizards. The tour guide was lovely and friendly, you get taken in a small group. Just not as exciting as advertised.
    The cave hike was quite fun. A little out of my comfort zone but ended up having a really good time!
    The toilets are beyond disgusting, be prepared for that.

    Unfortunately, we did not see anything of note on either safari on the lake. But then again this is the risk you take trying to spot nature. The tour guides were looking out along the way and trying their best. Very knowledgeable about the animals in the area.
    Coco hostel is lovely and clean, the staff very helpful and definitely a recommended stay (we stayed the night after also).
    The bakery is okay but a little over priced.

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