Floating Bungalows, Khao Sok Lake

The ultimate guide to Floating Bungalows Khao Sok Lake: Where are the Khao Sok National Park Floating Bungalows? How do I reach these floating houses? Are there different types of bungalows on the water? What’s the best way to visit? On this page, we’ll give you all the answers to these questions and more!



Khao Sok Lake, also known as Cheow Lan Lake, is a 165 km2 reservoir in Southern Thailand.  This huge lake lies on the eastern edge of Khao Sok National Park, located between Phuket and Surat Thani.  We are close to Krabi, Koh Samui, Khao Lak, and other major destinations in Southern Thailand.  See our transport page for more.

At first, a few floating huts were set up as ranger stations when Cheow Lan Lake was built. Now, there are over a dozen different floating bungalows on the water you can visit.  Each raft house has its own unique charm and there are varying room types based on your desired comfort level.  The floating bungalows of Khao Sok Lake can be reached by boat in around 1 hour; however, it’s not as easy as going to the pier and hiring a boat.  Luckily, we offer a full service to book your trip and ensure that you make the most of your visit.


It is very difficult to arrange a visit to the raft houses independently, but Khao Sok Lake can book your trip for you.  All you need to do is send a request through our site and you’ll receive a prompt and thorough answer with availability and booking instructions.

Generally serene and secluded, staying in a floating bungalow is a great way to commune with the abundance of nature surrounding this scenic area. The remote location and rugged beauty make for an unforgettable experience, but accessing it isn’t easy.  Service providers at the pier only speak Thai, and park regulations prohibit foreign visitors from doing any activities on the lake without a licensed guide.  In addition, there is no phone service at the raft houses, so it is essentially impossible to check availability or make tour arrangements without the right connections.

Our tours include transfers from our office, boat service, english-speaking guides, khao sok lake floating bungalow accommodation, and all meals.  Our knowledge from years of running tours means you can experience the magic of Khao Sok Lake without any hassle.


There are 16 raft houses on Khao Sok Lake, but we simplify the process so you can focus on enjoying your trip.  Each floating house provides an authentic Thailand travel experience, and there are 4 main room categories to choose from.  All raft houses have their own restaurant where you will eat your meals and can purchase additional snacks, soft drinks, or alcoholic beverages.  Also, since the water is too alkaline for mosquitoes to breed, there are no mosquitoes on the lake!  This means that none of the rooms have mosquito nets, as they are not needed.

Bamboo Floating Bungalows

These simple, yet pleasant floating huts provide just what you need to enjoy nature.  We like to say it’s similar to camping: you’ll have basic amenities that invite you to enjoy the amazing surroundings.

Each bamboo floating bungalow has a mattress with pillows and a blanket, with few distractions to take away from the local hospitality and amazing views.  Bamboo bungalows have shared restroom facilities a short walk away on the land.  You can expect generator power for a few hours in the evening to enjoy dinner and charge your camera for the next day’s adventure!

Modern Raft Houses

Modern raft houses offer slightly larger, more solidly constructed rooms.  One can expect slightly higher ceilings and larger windows.  Some modern rooms also have bathrooms, which can be booked for an extra 400 baht per person.

Superior Raft Houses

The superior raft houses offer a great compromise and most of the upgraded amenities of the luxury rooms with a lower price.  Each room has its own private bathroom and fan, and more space than the modern bungalows.  Some superior raft houses even offer 24-hour solar power, and others also have an option to upgrade to A/C for 1,200 baht per room.

Deluxe Raft Houses

Although one shouldn’t expect 5-star amenities like you would find on land, these are the finest lodgings the lake has to offer.  These spacious and well-appointed floating villas feature beautiful tropical hardwood, private bathrooms and air conditioning standard.


Once you’ve decided which room type you prefer, you just need to find the right tour page and book your trip.  In addition to your room-type, you’ll need to decide if you want a private or a group tour, and how many nights you’d like to stay.  Please note that there are no 2-night group tours, but we are happy to do ‘semi-private’ tours if there are other guests visiting at the same time.  Here are a few of our most popular tours.