Nestled in the Suratthani province of Thailand is the dramatic scenery of Khao Sok National Park. Home to hundreds of animal species including Malayan sun bears, Clouded Leopards and wild elephants, this area of the world is truly heaven on earth. Surrounded by limestone cliffs and dense rainforest, lies a body of water that has to be seen with one’s own eyes to be truly appreciated.
Khao Sok Lake is locally known as Cheow Lan Lake. It is a stunning place to visit, lying in an ancient rainforest, and is the location of some of the most unique accommodation in Khao Sok including floating hotels.
Khao Sok Lake stretches over an area of 165 km2 within the 739 km2 park. The water is a beautiful emerald color, which further adds to the vibrant greens of the rainforest. The lake is vast, and is dotted with over one hundred limestone karsts which jut up from the still water, remnants of what were once mountain peaks.
Since its construction in 1987, Cheow Lan Lake has escaped undisturbed by the pollution that comes with industrialization and has been kept protected by the communities and organizations that value both its beauty, and its function. The lake is also home to a variety of freshwater fish, making it a valuable source of food for the local bird population, which number as many as 311 different species.
Cheow Lan Lake
Location: Khao Phang, Ban Ta Khun District, Surat Thani 84230 Thailand