Excursion to the lake Cheo Lan - a terrific place near Phuket

I wanted to go to the lake Cheo Lanfor a long time and finally I managed it. The place is tourist, but worth it to at least once look at it with my own eyes. Looking ahead, I want to clarify that the beauty is not quite natural, but still man-made, but this does not spoil the impression about this attraction, especially if you don’t know about it, then you won’t guess. Even more to say, for me, so Cheo Lan - this is one of the most unusual and interesting sights in Thailand, must see. And it is not necessary to go there with an overnight stay, one day’s tour is enough Okay, first things first.

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Excursion to the lake Cheo Lan

Foreword

I had a trip quite by accident, butI love these spontaneous trips the most. I needed to get from Phuket to Bangkok by car, and it would be surprising if I missed such a chance to call in Khao Sok National Park and Cheo Lan Lake. On the link you will find detailed information about what are the ways to visit the park and the lake.

I am ashamed to admit, but before this trip, I could not remember what exactly is called the National Park, Khao Sok or Khao Lak :) Now when I visited both there and there, then, of coursehowever, in my head everything fell into place. So, if you go to the lake, then think about combining the trip with a visit to the jungle of the nat park and the pleasant quiet resort of Khao Lak with excellent beaches.

Initially, I was going to spend the night on the lake. Imagine, you are abandoned somewhere in the middle of mountains and kilometers of water, the starry sky shines over you, neither electricity nor the Internet, and only wild animals walk along the shore and birds are hooting in the dark. Romance! But to fully enjoy the pleasure of voluntary privacy and disconnection from the outside world, including virtual, you need a certain attitude. I also wanted movement, work, but not relaxation and loneliness for the whole day, but I was driving alone. Therefore, it was decided to stay longer in Khao Lak, and go to the lake only for a day trip.

By boat on the lake

After spending the night in a bungalow on a tree 5 meters from the ground, in the morning I was poisoned in the tour, bought in the samethe hotel. Since I was in my car, I simply followed the minibus with the rest of the tourists from the hotel to the lake (about 70 km). Having parked the car on the quay, joined the group and paid extra bribes to visit the nat park (there is a lake on its territory), we boarded a boat (longtail) and sailed to the scenery from the Avatar movie.

True! The mountains sticking out of the water slightly endure the brain, you forget that you are on the planet earth. If it were not for the noise of the boat, then it would be possible to fantasize that you are flying on a dragon over the surface of the water. Rocks, though not very high, to draw a complete parallel with the film, but still similar. You know, after such beautiful and amazing places, then somehow you don’t want to go and watch some 10-meter under-waterfall in Phuket. Check out the photos.

Jetty on the lake Cheo Lan, from which all boats start

Jetty on the lake Cheo Lan, from which all boats start

At the very beginning the lake is rather ordinary.

At the very beginning the lake is rather ordinary.

But gradually we were approaching the gate to the lost world.

But gradually we were approaching the gate to the lost world.

Only the tops of the mountains stick out of the water, because the dam is 100 meters high.

Only the tops of the mountains stick out of the water, because the dam is 100 meters high.

Lake Cheo Lan

Lake Cheo Lan

The deeper, the more beautiful

The deeper, the more beautiful

I really like these rocks-mountains

I really like these rocks-mountains

These 3 rocks are a symbol of Khao Sok National Park

These 3 rocks are a symbol of Khao Sok National Park

Sailing past them

Sailing past them

Here is how the rocks look near

Here is how the rocks look near

Here is how the rocks look near

Here is how the rocks look near

Cheow lan lake

Cheow lan lake

It's amazing to me how trees have survived in 30 years.

It's amazing to me how trees have survived in 30 years.

Unfortunately, if you take a tour, then in a boat,besides you, there will be another 10 people who will certainly interfere with the normal photography. The fact is that on the move in the boat you will not get up much and I have always been disturbed by someone's head. Therefore, if you are traveling purely for photographic purposes, then it makes sense to take an individual boat tour. Then you can stop at any time and capture here or another rock from all angles.

I almost forgot to tell you that the lake is artificial, that is, Cheo Lan is not a lake, but a reservoir. In 1982, by order of the king built dam RatchapraphaYes, they flooded a vast territory (165 sq km) in the fracture of karst mountains. What came of it, you could already see in the photos above, but I recommend to do it live.

On the way back we fell under the rain. Not a very pleasant feeling, going to meet the wind and rain, the water waves strongly rock the boat, you become wet and cold, despite 30 degrees overboard. The most important thing is that at such a moment the screw did not break, which we, too, had happened once, when we were sailing in that direction. But you can not worry about getting stuck, the boats are constantly scurrying around, somebody will help, and the Thais usually have spare parts in reserve.

Our boatman

Our boatman

It starts to rain, the wind rises

It starts to rain, the wind rises

Lunch at the rafthouse

It's great that the excursion includes a lunch at a rafthouse,These are the houses on the water near the main floating structure, in which there is a cafe. And you can see the housing, it looks like, it is interesting for the future, and a snack will not be superfluous;

Rafthouse on Lake Cheo Lan

Rafthouse on Lake Cheo Lan

Lake Bungalow Cheo Lan

Lake Bungalow Cheo Lan

Here is the interior

Here is the interior

And here is how the staff lives on the lake

And here is how the staff lives on the lake

In the cafe viewing window in the floor

In the cafe viewing window in the floor

If you feed the fish, they turn into it

If you feed the fish, they turn into it

Our lunch at the rafthouse

Our lunch at the rafthouse

Jungle and cave with river inside

After lunch we went for a walk in the jungle,in the part where Nam TaLu Cave is located. It would be possible to call this event trekking, but nevertheless it is rather a walk. The path is trodden, towards the same groups, but in general, if you have never been to the jungle, it will be interesting. And the most important thing is not the jungle, but the cave itself, I have almost more impressions left of it than from Cheow Lan Lake. Not every day one has to walk around the cave with a flashlight and knee-deep (and sometimes neck) in the water, and surrounded by bats. The conductor kept joking that we were lost and stuff like that. It was a funny moment when we all stopped, turned off the flashlights and, peering into the darkness, just listened to the silence around. How often does a modern person have such an opportunity?

Photos from there did not work, one might sayMy flashlight was too weak, the group went quickly, I did not have time to find a place for a camera, where it could be put up like a tripod, and normally set the settings.

Warning at the entrance to the jungle, caves are filled with water, it is dangerous

Warning at the entrance to the jungle, caves are filled with water, it is dangerous

Footpath in the jungle, around the bamboo

Footpath in the jungle, around the bamboo

Stone corridor

Stone corridor

Twisted creepers

Twisted creepers

Representative of the local fauna

Representative of the local fauna

And as always, here are the trees

And as always, here are the trees

We got to the cave in 1.5 hours

We got to the cave in 1.5 hours

Near the entrance more or less something is visible

Near the entrance more or less something is visible

And then only in the light of lanterns and looking down

And then only in the light of lanterns and looking down

There is a spider on the wall.

There is a spider on the wall.

And on the ceiling bats

And on the ceiling bats

Here they are hanging in clusters

Here they are hanging in clusters

The only normal photo of the cave

The only normal photo of the cave

On a belt you enter 40 cm wide

On a belt you enter 40 cm wide

There are many caves on the shores of Lake Cheo Lan, and it depends on the excursion to which one you will be taken. I really liked ours. I read there is a cave where you can navigate inside on rafts.

Information to visit

First of all, you need to know that if youIf you go on a group trip from Phuket, then the money will be released as well as independently, or even cheaper. Because, for example, you do not have to rent a car and in general everything will be organized. I myself personally often travel by myself to cut my day, as I like, for example, to drive to different places on the road, spend the night somewhere, etc. (I’m ready to overpay for this format). But if you need to quickly and without problems to see the lake Cheo Lan, then, however, it is easier to take a tour.

I was asked more than once, so I am writing here. I recommend a good and proven Alfa Travel Agency, which I myself used in Phuket. You can buy a tour, and in Khao Sok, and on the lake. Write to them, see the program on the site, come and pick up straight from the hotel.

+66622100091 (Whatsapp, Viber, Line, Telegram)

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The cost of a day trip on the lake Cheo Lan,which can be bought at a hotel near Khao Sok (as I bought) - 1500 baht. The price includes pokatushki on the boat back and forth, lunch at the raft-house, and 3-hour walk on the lake For other tour options, including directly from the pier, see the information post about Khao Sok. Excursions directly from Phuket are very similar.

Entry to Khao Sok National Park - 300baht If you buy a ticket when you visit the land part of the park (whence the tour usually starts), then you can go to the lake during the day. But IMHO combine in one day is very difficult, and not necessary.

If you go from the hotel to the national park of Khao Sok, then the mini-bus leaves it somewhere around 8 am, and returns back to 5-6 pm.

Hotels are best searched through RoomGuru (here's a direct link to hotels of kao sok), and book where it will be cheaper. Since the nat park is not a seaside resort, there are basically not very many hotels there, and the aggregator is good, so it will pass through all the bases. I lived here in this hotel.

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Lake Cheo Lan

Lake Cheo Lan
The most famous site of Khao National ParkJuice - Lake Cheo Lan. At this point there is a pier, from where excursion boats start. On the lake you can stay overnight in the raft-houses (floating houses).
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The most famous site of Khao National ParkJuice - Lake Cheo Lan. At this point there is a pier, from where excursion boats start. On the lake you can stay overnight in the raft-houses (floating houses). More details.

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