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Chalong Bay and Chalong Area Phuket Island Thailand Scenic what to see and About

Chalong Phuket Island Thailand

Chalong Beach Pavillion Pier evening sunset  Thailand    Chalong Bay is not suitable for swimming and the beach is very small. But is a great place to get a boat for diving, fishing, or exploring the area and the islands.  There are many cafes, bars along the waterfront and in the area. Many expats live here but it has become expensive due to the rise in property values.  It is a popular destination for yacht coming in and for mooring.   Wat Chalong and the Big Buddha are nearby and worth seeing.  The Lighthouse is not a real lighthouse but hotel and cafe but is a good reference point for taxi and directions. The Chalong Pier is a popular place in the evening for walking and makes a great place to take photos.  The Big Buddha on top of the mountain in the bottom photos and can be seen from many parts of Phuket.  Map of Chalong and where

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What to See and Do in Khao Sok National Park, Thailand Part II

Welcome to the continuation of my piece on Khao Sok National Park in Thailand. If you haven’t already, please read the first part, What to See and Do in Khao Sok National Park Part I.

Another awesome place to visit within the national park is Ratchaprapa Dam. Ratchaprapa Dam is on Cheow Larn Lake, about a 1 hour drive east of the national park visitor center. You can book tours here through the help desk at the resort. The lake has become very famous for it’s beautiful limestone cliffs surrounding the lake.

You can visit the lake for a day trip or stay for a longer period of time. If you choose to stay then you have the option of sleeping in ‘floating bungalows’ on the lake. These are great and you can jump right into the lake for a morning swim. Please visit this site for more information on staying in a rafthouse.

Another option is to visit the lake for a day trip. When you arrive at the pier you can purchase tickets for a full or half day tour. You will be assigned a guide with a long tail boat to take your around the lake. We tour we decided on covered a large area of the lake, included a 30 KM trek through the jungle and a bamboo raft trip to a cave. This tour is highly recommended if you visit the lake. This is a great chance to see some of the beutiful nature and wildlife in the national park.

 

Khao Sok National Park is located in the south of Thailand between Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak. It is covered by the oldest evergreen forest in the world. This is with out a doubt my favourite national park in Thailand. Here you can do a wide range of activities from elephant trekking, canoeing, treks through the national park and nature walks and even stay in floating bungalows at Rachaprapa Dam.

When I visited Khao Sok I stayed at The Cliff & River Jungle Resort. This place is amazing and I would highly recommend it to anybody planning a trip here. The rooms are set against the back drop of sheer limestone cliffs which off the most amazing view throughout the day. The rooms a very clean and spread out over a large area so it remains nice and peaceful. The resort ha a swimming pool and a very good restaurant. You can also book tours from the staff at the help desk.

 

The rooms at the resort all come with an en-suite bathroom, a mosquito net, air conditioning and a fridge. Prices start at 2,000 THB per night.

Bedroom

The bedroom

Bathroom

The Bathroom

View

The view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elephant trekking is just one of the many activities that can be enjoyed in this national park. The help desk at the resort will be more then happy to arrange this for you. A great trip with some spectacular views.

 

 

Part 2 will be coming soon!!

What a great place to spend a holiday with great service and beautiful view from the saltwater pool.  Mangosteen Spa and Resort  is located on the southern end of Phuket Island Thailand Map   Check their web site for all that have to offer!

 

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