Khao Lak has some of the best beaches in Thailand that are incredibly picturesque with soft white sand and aquamarine water and a fantastic selection of beachfront resorts, hotels and Khao Lak restaurants serving popular Thai dishes among Thai food and Western cuisine.
White sand beach
Nang Thong Beach
Khuk Khak beach
Coconut or Pak Weep beach
Bang Sak beach
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
Ton Prai Waterfall
Sai Rung or Rainbow waterfall
Turtle Conservation Centre
Khao Lak Elephant Home
Elephant Fly Zipline park
James Bond Island
Richelieu Rock reef
Situated on the Andaman Sea in Thailand, Khao Lak is approximately 100 kilometres north of Phuket within Phang Nga province. The area boasts awe-inspiring natural beauty, the Khao Lak coast translucent pristine waters and powder white sand beaches, flourishing marine life and outstanding diving and snorkelling. The coast of Khao Lak is like a 30-km sandy beach that you can spend your holidays there just for beach hopping alone! Khao Lak is also considered one of the top dive destinations in Southeast Asia, even in the world. Khao Lak attractions and activities are abundant and cater to travellers looking for a tranquil escape to slow down and kick back, and also for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the exceptional natural wonders such as lush rainforests, mangrove trees, waterfalls and hot springs, lakes and national parks and viewpoints, like Samed Nang She (commonly known as Samet Nangshe Viewpoint), a natural terrace that gives the stunning views that the region has to offer. There are no entrance fees to this site.
Absolutely! There are so many outdoor things to do in Khao Lak. Especially if you are a diving or snorkelling enthusiast, as Khao Lak has been ranked as one of the best dive spots in the world. Not to mention the unspoiled beauty at every turn that only Mother Nature can offer, not just in Khao Lak’s national parks.
When the weather turns bad, there are some other activities worth trying. How about getting sweaty and doing a Muay Thai (traditional Thai boxing) training session in one of the fight club training centres around town? If you’re “a lover and not a fighter,” then a Thai-style massage or spending the day indoors at a day spa getting all sorts of treatments might be your choice. Another option is to take a day trip to Phuket, only 1.5 hours drive by car. As rain can be very localised, if it’s raining in Khao Lak, chances are it may not be raining in Phuket.
You can try other land-based attractions in Khao Lak, like the International Tsunami Museum, where a boat of the Royal Thai Navy was carried onshore by the strong current. The International Tsunami Museum serves as a tsunami memorial to all those who had perished or disappeared during that fateful devastating tsunami event.
It depends on what kind of holiday experience you are seeking in Khao Lak Thailand. For pure beach relaxation without exploring surroundings, 5 days may be enough before you get bored. For others wanting to use Khao Lak as a base to adventure to the deep countryside, to a small island or nearby islands for day trips and visit national parks, 7 days or more will be needed. The choice is yours!
Some of the most popular outdoor things to do in Khao Lak include cruising the mangroves in canoes, bamboo river rafting, water sports such as windsurfing and kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling, hiking in the national parks, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, ziplining and aerial adventure parks, fishing charters and island hopping.
Khao Lak is famed for its beautiful coastlines, making for lovely beaches with crystal-clear blue waters, splendid limestone cliffs, many waterfalls, white sand and palm trees dotting the beaches. Aside from these attractions, there are great options for the accommodation you may want, low-key restaurants for the famous Pad Thai and a lot of water activities in Khao Lak. Most of all, Khao Lak is called a “refreshingly uncrowded tourist destination” for travellers who wish for laid-back, easygoing holidays to have a taste of Thai culture that you would want to go back to again and again.
There are so many attractions that Khao Lak has to offer, for children and adults to make memories and collect experiences! From turtles to waterfalls to markets to elephant trekking to cooking classes to day trips to cultural and historical places, so many activities in Khao Lak for your holiday experiences!
Within the centre of Khao Lak, the songtaew or tuk-tuk could get you around, but if you wish to go beyond the city for longer than day trips, you could get into the local bus services. Those can get you to other districts.
Khao Lak is a perfect holiday destination for those who want an easygoing yet laid-back holiday where the atmosphere makes you want to repeat that holiday again and again. You can choose a beachfront resort or accommodation near the city centre depending on what holiday you want.
The waters of Khao Lak beach are clear and calm, ideal for swimming and snorkelling activities.
The months between December and March are recommended to be the best time to visit Khao Lak because the weather is “settled.” March being in the dry season is the hottest time of the year in Thailand while September is the coolest. The wet season aka rainy season is not advisable, for safety reasons, to visit a number of attractions, like the majestic waterfalls.
Khao Lak has been called a “refreshingly uncrowded tourist destination” so you can expect a lot of quiet places. It is a great location for a laid-back easygoing holiday one would want to repeat often.
In a country known for its beautiful beaches, Khao Lak can claim to have a great number of those. There is no one best pristine beach in Khao Lak because the whole coastline is dotted with stunning beaches and calm clear-blue waters.
Khao Lak is regarded as a very safe holiday destination. But during monsoon seasons, visitors are strongly advised against swimming because of the risk in the ocean currents at that time. Of course, coming from another country, having travel insurance is also advised.
As regards the covid, the Khao Lak area is part of Phang Nga province, which is classified as a yellow zone, for high surveillance, compared to the orange, red and dark red zones. Their way of living is not affected as much as in the other zones. Interprovincial travel and dine in activities are allowed.
You can fly from Phuket International Airport or Surat Thani airport (nearest Khao Lak) for Khao Lak National Park. Just an hour’s drive from Phuket International is Casa de la Flora, a modern resort of villas designed for guests to experience their surroundings inside their accommodation.
From Phuket airport to Khao Lak it takes about an hour fifteen minutes to travel by taxi, depending on traffic conditions. If you stay longer in Phuket town, say Patong or Karon, the drive will take around 2 hours.
If you want to try cheaper options, you get to the bus station in Phuket for a bus to Takua Pa or Ranong or Surat Thani, for tickets costing around 90Baht and the ride will take about two and a half hours to get to Khao Lak.
Most reviews or traveller comments say that all the Khao Lak beaches are big enough to accommodate all visitors without appearing very busy, even in the high season. At the same time, most beachfront establishments like resorts, bungalows, restaurants or bars, are required to keep loungers within their immediate beach frontage. There will be no sight of rows and rows of sun-worshippers basking in the sun like in other Thai beach locations. That is what has appealed to most visitors, that a Khao Lak holiday is relaxing compared to other destinations touched by western commercialism.
Khao Lak is 83km far from Phuket. The road distance is 96. km between them.
You can get to Khao Lak from Bangkok by way of plane, train, bus or car. There are 16 flights to Khao Lak weekly, taking 1 hour 25 minutes, from Don Muang or Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Phuket then a private transfer or bus. If you travel this way, you will take 6-7 hours to Khao Lak.
By land transport, the cheapest is by local bus which takes 14 1/2 hours. By train then local bus, the trips takes 12 1/2 to 14 1/2 hours. If you want comfortable and scenic trips, a rented or hired car will take you from Bangkok to Khao Lak in just a little longer than 11 hours.
Khao Lak is on the west coast of the Thai mainland in the Phang Nga region, around an hour north of Phuket, stretching over 15 miles on the Andaman Sea coastline.
No, the Khao Sok National Park is 46 km from Khao Lak. There is the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park over the Lak Mountain with a great range of flora and fauna, various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. It also has a rainforest where travellers, in hiking or trekking trips to the rainforest, would be accompanied by fluttering butterflies in their bright colours.
You can read more on the Khao Sok National Park on a separate page.
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