You can travel direct from Surat Thani Railway Station to Ratchaprapha Dam rather than first travelling into Surat Thani city, which is 16 km away in the wrong direction. The pier at Ratchaprapha Dam is the eastern access point to Khao Sok National Park.
Travel Times to Ratchaprapha Dam
There are two daily services from Surat Thani Railway Station to Ratchaprapha Dam which you can book online.
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- The scheduled journey time from Surat Thani Railway Station to Ratchaprapha Dam is 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Departure from Surat Thani Railway Station
Phantip Travel services depart from a car park in front of Surat Thani Railway Station where the Phantip Travel office is located.
Arrival at Ratchaprapha Dam
The final destination for Phantip Travel services from Surat Thani Railway Station to Ratchaprapha Dam is a car park near Ratchaprapha Dam Pier.
About Ratchaprapha Dam
The pier near Ratchaprapha Dam is the starting point for sight seeing trips around the 185 square kilometre Cheow Lan Lake. Cheow Lan Lake is a man made reservoir created in 1987 and it is located within the Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok National Park encompasses part of a large forest which is over a 100 million years old with steep sided hills and a diverse range of flora and fauna, including large wild mammals such as tigers and elephants. Khao Sok National Park is one of Thailand’s most accessible wild areas because visitors can travel inside the park by boat via Cheow Lan Lake, and have the option of staying in relative comfort overnight in one of the floating bungalow resorts.
Wooden longtail boats are available for hire with a driver from Ratchaprapha Dam Pier. You don’t need to book in advance, but you do need to hire a whole boat if you are not travelling as a part of an organised tour. Most boats can accommodate 6 to 8 passengers so travelling in a group, or joining with other visitors also planning to see the lake, is a way to save money. Cheow Lan lake is very large and there are a variety of different trips you can take from 2 hours to an all day trip with a stop for a meal on the way. The cost of a trip varies depending upon your negotiating skills, the time of year and how far you want to travel. The cheapest you are likely to be able to get a short trip for is around 1,500 THB out of season, but most likely for a medium length trip at a drier time of year you can expect to pay 3,000 THB to 4,000 THB for private boat hire.