A Great Place
When should you visit very special and unique places in the world that touch you? Places with an atmosphere you can’t describe or where you even get overwhelmed with emotion.
You can visit this national park any time of the year. But it can be amazing cold and wet sometimes. We visited it at the end of october and had wonderfull weather. Since you are unprotected in an open landscape, it can be very windy and cold. We had sun and wind, it was a good period on our opinion
Well, the best time to visit just depend on your personal taste. We visited this place towards the end of october, in the summer season. It tends to be Sunny and dry then. But if you want to see the mirror effect on the saltflats, you should consider coming january to march. This mirror effect is awesome too. A reason for a revisit in the future. You can visit the saltflats all day, from Sunrise till sunset they are beautiful.
Booking in advance is recommended: Stonehenge Booking. To avoid the busier times book either the first slot (9:00 AM in summer / 9:30 in winter) or the very last slot (different times depending on the season). Additionally, try to avoid weekends.
Best light for photos is in the morning. Another way to avoid crowds is booking a private sunset tour, where you could even take stunning golden hour shots.
The area is open year-round and entrance free. If you like to have a look inside a windmill to see how families lived centuries ago and you like to learn more running a windmill please note the opening hours for the museum and the interpretive center:
- Peak season: April to October from 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
- Off-season: November to March from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is very popular and a must when visiting Holland, the Netherlands. Either go early in the day before the tour buses arrive or visit the windmills after 4 p.m. in the peak season. Limited parking is the other reason when traveling by car.
Even more crowded at the tulip season in April when tour buses combine Keukenhof with Kinderdijk.
The best time to visit this fantastic region is the dry season from December to late April. It’s Thailand’s wettest region with an annual rainfall of 3.500 mm. The reason is the limestone mountain range from north to south. It gets hit by the monsoons from the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand between late April and end of November. In the rainy season, it’s very rare to spot wildlife at the lake. Trails are slippery; it’s cold and wet on the one or two hours boat rides. The famous Nam Talu Cave is closed in the rainy season since it got flooded and people died.
The boat tours which are usually offered are for bigger groups, and it takes around an hour to get to one of the raft houses. These groups visit the easy accessible Coral Cave (Pakarang Cave) mostly as we did instead of the adventurous water flooded Nam Talu Cave. Ask before booking! Overall these trips are utterly worth to do to get an idea of the immense size of the lake. The price p.p. in a group for one day visit is roughly 1.500 Baht / 40 € / $ 45 plus 300 Baht / 8 € / 9 $ National Park fee.
The dry season lasts from December to late April. Anyway, showers can also occur in the dry season and especially in the rainforest. The hottest months are March and April with temps up to 34°C and even more and high humidity. The rainy season starts roughly late April until the end of November. Most precipitation from May to July and from October to November.
The lake pier is always crowded, but as soon as the longtail boat leaves the dock, the crowds disappear. There are plenty of boats with tourists, but they have good timing not too many people visit one of the caves at the same time. Lunch is served on one of the many floating raft houses. It was very well organized that people can enjoy the marvellous scenery.
To experience the amazing rainforest, wildlife, and birds it's recommended to book a private tour far to the north-west. To get there, it takes a minimum of two hours by boat. The only available accommodation is basic and running by the National Park. Early morning you may spot wildlife by boat along the lake. Of course, independent tours are expensive and need to be booked in advance. Another option book a combined tour where the Khao Sok and the Cheow Lan Lake are combined. You get a pick up from your hotel in Krabi, Phuket, or Khao Sok and experienced guides will show you the amazing rainforest and lake. You can relax and enjoy this fascinating landscape.
It is best in morning and evening with clouds in the sky. In the late spring the vegetation behind the hat turns green and this is ideal.