We have travelled extensively around the world with our family and have always used trip advisor for research…but finally we write a report!
Stayed 25th-28th December. Family of 2 adults and 3 children (16, 14, and 7).
We travelled to Khao Sok by overnight train to Surat Thani and then onwards by bus. Cisco kindly picked us up from the bus stop and took us immediately to our house. As others have mentioned, the rooms are a little small but they are very well built, furnished and decorated. The bathroom was especially nice and the beds were very comfortable, yes I could smell a faint smell of dampest on the pillows but honestly it wasn’t that bad and “I would know being an asthmatic.” The air conditioning worked well and the wifi was excellent, very important when you want to call home on Christmas day!
When we booked Las Orquideas, we hadn’t realised Sisco and Nee had built another hotel called Hotel Khao Sok about 1.5km down the road. Sisco immediately offered the use of facilities at the other hotel explaining it had a very nice pool. To our amazement, Sisco would drive our family and others, to and fro on a daily basis; it was part of the service. The pool was a little deep, but so were most pools in Thailand, so if you have young children, make sure to bring some arm bands, that aside, the pool was set in stunning surroundings and the waterfall was beautiful to listen too, drinks were also brought to you while you were having a swim.
It was very clear; Hotel Khao Sok was built to cater for all quests on both sites and not to the detriment of Las Orquideas. For instance, the restaurant was built with plenty of tables to cater for the 15 rooms shared between both sites. There was a wide variety of food at the hotel; we mainly ate Thai, as it was so delicious. Alex my 7 year old is a fussy eater, so he only ordered from the European menu. I did try some of his burger and it tasted like it had been served up from a fine steak house. Breakfasts were also delicious and Nee kept topping up Alex’s toast! We did eat in Pawn’s (recommended by Cisco), absolutely lovely food but I still preferred eating at our hotel, it was the same quality, better service and we weren’t bitten by any mosquitoes.
We went on two trips; the Lake Tour and the Elephant Trekking. Both were fantastic, but my boys enjoyed the lake trip more as they loved wading through streams and climbing through caves. I have included some pictures of the caves, they are truly magical inside. We booked all trips and transport though Nee, as people were being ripped of by travel companies in Thailand. For instance, we were told by the travel agent inside Bangkok Train Station it would cost 3500 bhat for 5 people to travel by bus from Surat Thani to Khao Sok. We declined, as we had been told by friends it should cost approximately 200bhat per person for an average journey of 2hrs. Luckily we didn’t book, and when we arrived in Surat Thani we bought bus tickets opposite the station for 1000 bhat for all 5 people (from the Thai man with the pony tail – very helpful guy!).
We couldn’t recommend this hotel enough; the host’s are fantastic and work hard to ensure you make the most out of your stay in Khao Sok. For anyone who now doesn’t know which hotel to stay in, Las Orquideas or Hotel Khao Sok? Let me assure you, it will not make any difference as you can go between the two so easily, simply speak to anyone at reception and within 5 minutes you are picked up. Both are slightly dearer than other hotels in Khao Sok, but you get what you pay for. The accommodation has been built to last and will not deteriorate during or after the rainy season, this was important, as myself and youngest son suffer from bad asthma. Although we were tempted to sleep in other tree houses locally, practically we knew we needed to sleep well as some trips start early and can be very tiring.
Only mistake, did not stay for long enough, should have listen to other reviews, this hotel and area is worthy of 3-5 days of your trip to Thailand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will be surprised by our Thai style bungalows...of Thai aesthetics, but with European comfort inside. They are on the edge of the jungle, and the panoramic windows allow you to feel it and live it. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Khao Sok Las Orquideas Hotel Khao Sok National Park