Khao Sok: Inspiring Silence & Beauty
It was the weekend of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday so the whole country was celebrating in style with an extra day off. My friend gathered some of her Krabi expat entourage and we headed to the Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park.
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I had no idea what to expect and that made it all the more thrilling when we hopped on a long tail boat and it took us more than an hour to get to our very remote floating houses in the middle of this Jurassic Park like setting. Once we arrived, we docked our boat and met the two other families staying in the houses, met the family that runs the place and makes all of the food and then reactions all around were oohs and aahs at the immense beauty before us: the lake as far as the eye could see and mountains and karsts extending up in the air. A stunning mixture of blues, greens and browns. It would be the perfect getaway with an old friend and a group of new friends.
If you’ve ever had the dream to just live in your bathing suit, this would be the place to do it.
Our huts exited onto planks and beyond that was the water. We swam, dried off and ate and then swam some more. There were kayaks to go further out into the water and our floaties so that we could float the days away. Phones didn’t work and there was no electricity except for four hours in the evening when the lights overhead allowed us to eat and drink and be merry just before bed. Our in-group musician brought along his guitar for lazy days with live music that even the other families got into, singing and dancing along. The family that ran the place cooked delicious and simple meals consisting of fish they’d caught during the day, rice, eggs and curries. By the end of the first day we’d befriended the other families and it seemed natural to wave when they left on their kayaks and greet them when they arrived again as if we’d known each other from before. There couldn’t have been a better long weekend destination.
The Khao Sok National Park has places all around to stay from resorts with tree houses and floating bungalows. Rai Khao Sok Floating Resort is an amazing option if you want to see what living in a floating resort is like while Khao Sok Paradise Resort is an opportunity go glamping in the treetops. Khao Sok Royal Cliff Resort & Spa is yet another opportunity to hole up in the picturesque surroundings of karsts and jungle. Check out these great options for the best place to stay and plan accordingly. These amazing views are NOT to be missed.
We didn’t do much more than that and we really didn’t need to. The majestic lake view and new friends from Ohio, my own home state, California, Canada and Thailand along with my very close friend and the break from the very wired world was a perfect combination.
There were moments of boisterous laughter and storytelling and moments of reflective silence and calm. On the boat back at the end of the trip there was a considerable sense of gratitude and a quiet contemplative air over everyone making it clear that the trip was, for all of us, welcome and inspiring.