Khao Sok Village is nestled in the rain forest on the western side of Khao Sok National Park. It is a small but lively community that provides tourists with a variety of guest houses, resorts and other places to stay, as well as cafes, shops and restaurants. Four hours from Phuket and two from Khao Lak, the town is somewhat remote, but it is served by frequent bus service.
Accommodations, which are mostly bungalow-style, vary in cost and level of comfort, but most are quiet and set among beautiful gardens or rain forest. Most have their own restaurants and bars. There is also a campground with bathrooms and a place to buy water and a few snacks. At Khao Sok Lake, adventurous guests can stay in raft houses, which are made of bamboo and thatch and float on the water.
Visitors will also enjoy the range of restaurant options to be found in the village. Authentic Thai and European cuisine is available, including a noodle house, a pizzeria, a cafe and several bars. Owners of these eateries are all friendly and welcoming. In addition, the standard of cleanliness is very high. Local cafes may offer Internet access, as do most of the guest houses and resorts. However, the single ATM in the village is in great demand, as most shops and restaurants do not accept credit cards. It makes sense to bring plenty of cash when visiting.
Those who prefer to fend for themselves will find the shops to be well-stocked with snack foods and other items. Fresh, organic fruit is especially abundant, including mango, many varieties of banana, guava, rambutan and more. If you are lucky, you may arrive in the village on a day when the farmer’s market is held.
Visitors with health concerns should prepare carefully before travelling to Khao Sok Village. There is no pharmacy in town and the nearest hospital is in Takua Pa, almost an hour away. While most small markets sell first aid supplies, visitors must bring their own medications. Guests should also be prepared for the particular conditions of the area. Because there are leeches that live on the moist ground of the rain forest, hikers should consider bringing leech socks, which are thick socks that prevent the leeches from biting and attaching. All clothing should be water-resistant and easy to dry, including shoes.