The Cheow Lan Lake, also called the Rajaprabha Dam Reservoir, is located in Khao Sok National Park. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) constructed the Rachaprabha Dam in 1982 as a source of electricity, creating the lake. Rajaprabha means “the light of the kingdom”. The dam got its name from the king at the opening ceremony in May 1987 in the year of the king’s 60th birthday. Before that day it was called the “Cheow Lan Project”. The water of the Sok river flooded an area of 165 square kilometres. In total 385 families from the village Ban Cheow Lan had to be resettled and many animals moved to higher ground.
Cheow Lan Lake
The landscape of the lake is part of the same limestone massif that runs from Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay to Guilin in South China, with outcroppings in Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam, Laos and throughout Thailand. Apart from the fascinating limestone cliffs and lush evergreen rain forest jungle, the national park area is inhabited by a large range of mammals such as tigers, elephants, tapirs and many monkey species. You might observe birds such as hornbills, banded pittas and great argus, a species of pheasant. The reservoir area includes the Khlong Saeng, Khlong Nakha and Kaeng Krung wildlife sanctuaries where rare animals can be found.
The Cheow Lan Lake is nevertheless one of the most fascinating and stunning destinations in South Thailand. Anurak Lodge organises day tours to the lake but we can also offer longer tours with overnight on the lake. There are many, mostly floating accommodations on the lake in different price range. It is also possible to go on multiple day tours in the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a bit more complicated as you will need permission to enter the sanctuary. Please contact us if you are interested in longer tours.