Northern Lake Trip: A Special Wildlife Tour at Cheow Larn Lake

Posted on: January 15th, 2013 by bodhi 1 Comment

Majestic Mountains, Mystical Morning Mist & aMazing Mammals

Special Wildlife tour at Cheow Larn Lake

Cheow Larn Lake scenery

My visits at the Cheow Larn lake can be counted on two hands, yet never have I been so high up North. Departing from Our Jungle House at 9am, our group of eight introduced each other in the van. The atmosphere was joyful as Iat, our guide, outlined the activities for the trip. A small stop at the market in Ta Khun and we were more than ready to hop on the boat at the pier. The hour-long ride on the traditional long-tail boat gives a breathtaking overview of the diverse beauties of the lake.

The majestic limestone karsts tell tales of hundreds of millions of years of geological transformation. The steep cliff, colored red, white and black, is partly vegetated by jungle trees – leaving one to wonder how the trees get hold of soil to nurture their roots. As we get closer to Klong Mon, in the north west of Cheow Larn lake, the landscape changes from vertical to more horizontal. With the lower lands, the banks of the lake transition almost smoothly into deep jungle, providing welcoming grazing places for wildlife such as sambar deer, wild pigs and wild ox.

Longtail Boat Cheow Larn Lake

Approaching the rafthouses, hornbills fly over the lake and the boat driver slows down. The rafthouse invites for a swim in the lake followed by a delicious lunch.Swimming Cheow Larn lake







Hiking Chiew Larn lake

At 2pm our group head out for the jungle hike – walking upstream a small river. Within the first 10 minutes our hike guide, a national park ranger, points at a huge pile of scat – massive round footsteps right next to it… we needed no translation for the Thai word “chang”. The ranger was alert with all his senses, but did not perceive any nearing danger – so we continued to head upstream. We found more elephant traces along the path and learned that wherever there is wildlife, there are leeches as well. Any creature who walks in these wilds also chooses to keep company with leeches. A fascinating hike through the jungle – truly remote.

Gaur Cheow Larn Lake

We came out of the jungle just in time for an evening wildlife safari by boat, immersed in the color spectacle of lake sunsets. Wildlife highlights were numbers of hornbills and a wild ox. Upon our return to the rafthouse the bright moon rose over the mountains and covered the landscape in a dark but soft blue.

Khao Sok Moonrise


Cheow Larn Sunrise






Cheow Larn Dawn
The early morning mist greeted us ethereally as the sun started to spread its light over the horizon. Gibbon calls echoed from mountains across the lake as we shared breakfast and coffee. The morning was spent taking in the wildlife from a boat as we headed to Cheow Larn lake’s northernmost tributary – Klong Seng Wildlife Sanctuary. Leaving the jagged limestone peaks behind, we found ourselves in the jungle hills. Our wild life spectacles included samba deer, many wild pigs, different hornbill species and Gibbons. As we
reached our lunch-destination, the raft house at Klong Seng, we were told that a wild elephant visited the area this morning. Enjoying the ride back to pier, I found myself thinking about all the beautiful scenery, lights, plants and the different animal species we saw and I am sure, I have to come back again.
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Elephant Khao Sok Cheow Larn Lake

Cheow Larn view

One Response

  1. secret says:

    stunning pictures! I miss you Nana! Much love from Berlin ;)