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Khao Sok NP for children

nelson
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Khao Sok NP for children

Hi

We are a family of our, 2 adults & 2 children 11 & 8 yrs travelling to Thailand in August. As we will be leaving winter in NZ we realise the heat will be an issue for us. Can anyone give us advice on how hot/humid it will be at Khao Sok NP in August & as it is rainy season is is likely to rain all day every day or more like tropical showers & then clearing through out the day?

We are thinking of two nights Jungle House & two nights on the Lake, however unsure as to weather the lake will be a bit too quiet for our children (maybe one night is enough ?) They are into adventure & outdoors but the heat will make tramping difficult for us I think & unsure if there is anything else to do ?

Our Jungle House or Arts Riverview look quite good, has anyone stayed there recently & can advise which is best. We don't mind basic accommodation but we do like it to be clean.

Any information greatfully received :o)

Newcastle, Australia
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Hi Breezy25,

Iam sure Arandora will supply you with a comprehensive answer to your enquiry including the contact details (which I have missplaced) of Mathilde and Nopporn whom can arrange all your travel requirements for khao Sok and environs. I will only address your query about staying on the lake, which we did in December,09. We travelled with our young teenagers and had a great time, guided by the aforesaid Nopporn. However the raft houses and associated facilitries are b a s i c, more or less at camping level of comfort. That having been said the meals were adequate, the rafthouse and bedding clean, the location quite beautiful and the wildlife abundant. Re Khao Sok NP village, we stayed at The Treehouse Resort which while in no way bad, I would not recommend

Best Regards

Poulton Le Fylde...
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2. Re: Khao Sok NP for children

Sorry, can't help with experience of Khao Sok in the Wet Season. We stayed in a tree house in December arranged by Mathilde of Khao Sok Explorer at khao-sok-explorer.e-monsite.com/accueil.html at the delightful Baan Khao Sok Resort and would have no hesitation in doing so again. The treee houses were new, clean and simply but adequately equipped with fan and miossie net (not needed when we were there in December) and an enclosed bathroom with hot shower. The restaurant swerved simple, cheap and delicious food was located overlooking the river and beautiful gardens. We also had tours arranged by Mathilde and Nooporn, a very experienced local guide. They do tours to the Lake also and I'm sure that if you contact Mathilde through the website she will advise you of the conditions in August.

Similarly Limestone Lake Tours are an established specialist for Khao Sok and the Lake at http://www.limestonelaketours.com/ and Kit will advise you too.

nelson
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3. Re: Khao Sok NP for children

Hi,

Thank you so much for your advice, I will definitely be contacting Mathilde & Nopporn to make up an itinerary for us. Did they pick you up from Suri Tani Airport ? Apparently there is a bus service but unsure as to weather this will be easy to find or if we are better to pre book our own transfer which will obviously cost more ? Same when we leave we will need to get to Koh Samui.

Is there any reason why you would not recommend The Treehouse Resort ?

Glad to hear you all had a great holiday, we are really looking forward to ours.

Regards

Poulton Le Fylde...
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4. Re: Khao Sok NP for children

We travelled by hire car from Khao Lak as, I think, did 2themacs. I'm sure Mathilde will advise about travel options.

UK
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We did Khao Sok and the lake last August and had a great time. We arranged most of our trips and transfers with Limestone Lake Tours who delivered on every aspect (slightly pricey on trasnfers though, but reliable and top service).

As for the weather, it wasn't a problem. The odd hour long rain shower, but that didn't stop us swimming in the lake as the rain poured down. Certainly didn't curtail any of our activities.

Heat wasn't a real problem either, particularly out on the lake where the water seemed to cool us all down. We slept a couple of nights in a raft house and it was the only place that we have recently stayed without aircon, but the cool waters underneath made for a pleasant nights sleep.

On our trip, there were a number of youngsters who seemed to love all the activities, easy jungle walks, canoeing, swimming, boat trips etc. Saw some nice wildlife and some stunning scenery.

I would have no problem recommending this trip/area to you and your family.

Regina, Canada
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6. Re: Khao Sok NP for children

We've stayed at both Art's Riverview ( jan 2009)as well as Our Jungle House( Dec 2009). I can highly recommend both.

The owner at Our Jungle House is english and the him and his staff are excellent! The food was pretty good, the rooms were clean and good as well. THe rooms are quite spread out so you feel like you are in your own little world.

Art's treehouses were also good. The rooms were clean as well and the food was good. The only reason to choose one over the other would possibly be that the monkey hole ( where all the monkeys come in the morning and supper/evening ) is right across from Art's so great entertainment. And you can see them often all over your treehouse and walk right by you. However, with our last visit where we stayed at Our Jungle House ( Art's was fully booked) all we did was walk to Art's for supper one evening to watch the monkeys. The walk was about 20 mins.

Either way, they are both good choices.

The 2nd time we went we did travel with 4 of ous kids, at the time aged 6, 8, 9 and 11 yrs. They were a little freaked out over the nighttime jungle noises, lol, but were fine during the day.

You might find one night enough at the lake provided you leave early the first day to get there by noon, and then leave in the afternoon the next day. Kayaking is available, and there are caves and a hiking trail a boat ride away where you can also go on a bamboo raft. And of course, swimming in the lake. Do note though that from the rafthouses, which is where you'll be, there is nowhere where one can touch the bottom of the lake and it's VERY VERY deep. Electricity is by generators so it's lights out around 10 or 11pm ( can't quite remember). They leave a lamp outside of every house in case you need to use the washroom. We actually found the rafthouses quite comfortable, but yes, they are basic. There's a mattress on the floor and mosquito netting. There's enough room to have your luggage at the foot of your mattress. The pillows and mattress were comfy enough. Ask for a room along the sides closest to the bathroom ( it's set up like |________| and you want the ones on the | part ) they are newer. The nights are dark and black.. and when I say black, I mean a total absence of light. Even the moon and stars, flashlights, etc the light gets sucked out of them.. even into the lake. Walking along the walkways at night can be a bit disconcerting due to absence of light and unevenness of the walkways. Make sure the kids go to the bathroom before bed, LOL. Chiaw Laan Lake really is incredibly beautiful and stunning, esp at dawn.

It can be quite hot/humid in the jungle, but there is lots of shade as a bonus. Try and do most activities in the morning and latter part of the afternoon. Swimming and relaxing for the height of the daytime heat.

If you'd like to check out our Khao Sok pics, you can see them here: ( our last trip is in Khao Sok dec 2009 folder as well as the Thailand Jan 2009. The lake pics are only in the Jan 2009 folder however )

http://picasaweb.google.com/Halilee38

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