Khao Lak

Khao Lak

Khao Lak is located 55 km West of Phang-Na and 73km from Phuket airport, which makes it a convenient place and easy to access for your holidays. Khao Lak area is still very nation orientated, lots of forests, mountain and wild yellow sand beach, nature lover will find Khao Lak the best suitable place for them to stay. Khao Lak has been devastated by the Tsunami of 2004, now completely rebuilt, the small city provides all necessary commodities for your entertainment. Khao Lak is a quiet place for family, divers and nature lovers if you are looking for parties you are in the wrong place.

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Best things to do in Khao Lak

Khao Lak must-see attractions and places offer a decidedly eclectic choice of items. From the virgin tropical islands such as the Similans or the Surins that lie off its coast to its endless beaches to the pristine rainforests that cover its hinterland, Khao Lak is not short in natural wonders. Discover below the best attractions in Khao Lak, which are sure to be the highpoints of your holiday in the province of Phang Nga.

Best Tours in Khao Lak

Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are located some 50km off the Khao Lak coast. Belonging to a national park since 1982, they offer their visitor a preserved natural environment made of white powder sand beaches, crystal-clear warm waters, and primary growth forest. Apart from the rangers’ camp established on island #9, they are uninhabited. They became famous as a prime scuba diving spot in the ‘80s, before being opened to tourism for day and short overnight trips (under tents). They are simply one of the most beautiful places you could visit in southern Thailand, if not the world.

Best Tours in Khao Lak

Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is one of the prime destinations in southern Thailand. Similar to Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Phang Nga Bay features tall limestone karsts rising from the sea, pierced by caves and tunnels. There are about 50 of these islands in the bay. The most popular way to visit the bay is by sea kayak, as this is the only means of transportation that can enter the tunnels and reach the hongs. A hong (which means ‘room’ in Thai) is a lagoon enclosed by the limestone cliffs, featuring mangrove trees, tropical plants, and fabulous local fauna.

Best Tours in Khao Lak

Surin Islands
The Surin Islands are located a short distance from the border with Burma, some 100km northwest of Khao Lak. As with the Similans, they belong to a national park and offer great scuba diving and snorkeling spots. Inhabited by the Chao Leh people, a sea gypsy tribe, they also host a rangers’ camp as well as basic infrastructure and accommodation. Several trails through the jungle permit great hiking in a virgin environment.

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Khao Sok
Khao Sok National Park is located some 40km northeast of Khao Lak. Covering an area of over 700 km², it is known as the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. Its national park status has protected it pretty well through the years, and the addition of the Cheow Lan Lake by the construction of the Ratchaprapha Dam in 1987 has even increased its attractiveness. Hiking, kayaking, and cruising on the lake are the main activities to enjoy in this unspoiled area of southern Thailand, which almost offers a journey back to time to its visitors.

Best Tours in Khao Lak

White Sand Beach
Located about 12km to the north of La On Village between Pakarang Cape and Pak Weep, White Sand Beach is the perfect spot for a relaxing day with your toes in the sand. Hosting only a few high-end resorts such as the Sarojin as well as newly-added cool joints serving fresh drinks and food at affordable prices, this 2.6km stretch of sand permits you to comfortably enjoy a day on the beach in outstanding natural settings and far from the crowd.

Best Tours in Khao Lak

Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall is a five-level waterfall located some 7km from Bang Niang. A 20-minute walk through the rainforest is necessary to reach the first level of the waterfall, which features a large pond where you can refresh yourself. Getting to the other four levels requires you to be fit as the trail is narrow and steep. As there’s no infrastructure on-site (after all, it’s in the middle of the jungle), so it is best to bring drinks and snacks with you, as well as mosquito spray if you go there at the end of the afternoon.

Planning Your Chiang Mai Visit

What is the best time to visit Khao Lak?

November to February being the dry season is the best time to visit Khao Lak. The island sees two seasons namely dry that overlaps with the summer season (November to April) and wet (May to October).

How do I get to Khao Lak?

The easiest way to get to Khao Lak is to fly into either Phuket (the closest alternative) or Krabi and go to Khao Lak from there.

How far is Khao Lak from Similan Islands?

If you want to visit the Similan Islands, which are about 120 km northwest of Phuket and 50 km west of Khao Lak.

What can you do in Khao Lak?

  • Turtle Festival. …
  • Go on a Biking Tour. …
  • Attend Cooking Classes. …
  • Visit the International Tsunami Museum. …
  • Soak in Hot Springs. …
  • Beach Hopping in Khao Lak. …
  • National Park Trekking. …
  • Go Chasing Waterfalls.

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What people are saying about Khao Lak

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Excellent day out, very informative and enjoyable tour
The started off with a tour around a local market, viewing the stalls selling various exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Then a short walk through the town to a local temple where our guide Nan explained about the various alters that we left offerings at.

The second temple was a short drive out of town near to the coast. We then visited the turtle sanctuary and saw a number of rescued turtles being nurtured back to full health. Lunch was at a local restaurant, and I must say it was probably the BEST Pad Thai that I have eaten. After lunch, we were taken to a waterfall in the national park. Overall an informative, enjoyable day was had by all. Nan the tour guide was very friendly and easy to chat to about all aspects of Thailand life. Would definitely recommend this trip.

From Khao Lak: Thai Mueang Cultural Village Full-Day Tour reviewed by james

⭐⭐⭐⭐Excellent Tour, but initially they forgot to pick us up!!!
The tour in itself was excellent, however getting to the tour was quite a challenge in that they forgot to pick us up at our hotel! I even had called the previous day to confirm with [email protected] Therefore,

I called and they said that they would send a taxi without a full apology. We waited for half an hour. Once we got there, the tour was splendid, as we were able to make food, feed, bathe, and play with the elephants. However, we were not given t-shirts as it said in the description, as it would have been nice to have one as a memory of our time there.

Full-Day Ethical Elephant Care Tour from Phuket & Phang Nga reviewed by Mia

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Great tour, great guide – everything sorted for you
Had the best time on this tour. No one else booked in that day so we had it all to ourselves and we were the first tour group to arrive at each location which was amazing and often a very rare experience.

Our tour guide ‘Run’ was super helpful and provided a lot of insights for everywhere we went. His energy and enthusiasm made the day what it was. Our only criticism was that the provided lunch at the restaurant- although there were lots to choose from it may have made us sick the next day. Apart from that, I can highly recommend this tour to anyone in the Khao Lak area it is great value for money and a really wonderful day.

Khao Sok: Full-Day Bamboo Rafting and Elephant Bathing reviewed by Rachael

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A wonderful trip with the best guide ever !
Aey was a wonderful guide. On the way, she told us a lot about Thailand and she kindly answered all questions. The top on this day was the elephant bathing.

It was a pleasure to see how the animals are kept. No chains, no cages, they see elephants as their friends. We had a bath with a 7-year-old elephant “girl” DeeDee. It was such a pleasure to see her acting in the water and being happy 🙂

Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour reviewed by Dirk

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