Shasta on steroids – Khao Sok

Morning in Kow Sak

Morning at Khao Sok lake

Char about to take a swim from our "house"

Char about to take a swim from our “house”

A fellow traveler we met in Peru suggested we should visit Khao Sok Lake if we were ever in Thailand. Khao Sok is huge, it is in an area where there are lots of extraordinary limestone rock formations, it offers some incredible wild-life, and you get to sleep in bamboo houses floating on bamboo logs (with a little help, but not much, from pvc tubes). It doesn’t hurt that the water temperature is about 90 degrees F, so you can just roll out of bed in the morning into this vast lake.

Bison running out of the water

Bison running out of the water

We found that Khao Sok Lake is almost 6 times bigger than Shasta, with 165 square kilometers of surface area. In 1982 the 94 meter damn was completed. It took only 3 years for the rain to fill it.

One of our favorite things about Khao Sok is hearing the gibbons whistling and calling to one another early in the morning. As you look at the photo gallery below you might want to listen to the gibbons on this link. Gibbons Singing    Credit Info

A "wild" elephant.  It's a 13 year old who was abandoned by his mother.

A wild elephant. It’s a 13 year old who was abandoned by his mother.  Evidently it is unusual for a wild elephant to just lie down near a tourist boat like this one did.

 

We also enjoyed seeing the wild bison, elephants and monkeys. When we kayaked around the lake we heard crashing sounds in the trees near us and were told they were probably wild elephants or monkeys.

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Other favorite photos are below.

 

 

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