Pocket Guide: Khao Lak
The stunning bay of Khao Lak lies 60 miles north of Phuket Island in Phang Nga province. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, Khao Lak offers unspoiled beaches, a tranquil setting and accommodation to suit a range of budgets. From Khao Lak, you’re also well placed to visit other locations in this beautiful part of Southern Thailand.
Visit the Beaches and Villages of Khao Lak
From the secluded shoreline of Bang Sak Beach to the busier resorts around Nang Thong, each beach in Khao Lak has its own character. Most hotels in Khao Lak are close to Nang Thong Beach, which is conveniently near the restaurants and shops.
A little further up the coast, Bang Niang Beach, with its beach bars and clubs is the best place to stay if you’re looking for a bit of nightlife. And at the north end of Khao Sak, Bang Sak Beach gives you a real desert-island retreat and complete tranquility.
Things to Do in Khao Lak
From Khao Lak, you can take a boat trip to the Similan Islands, one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. Colourful coral reefs and diverse marine life make this a popular spot for underwater explorers.
For a taste of rural Thailand, visit the tropical evergreen forests of Khao Lak Lam Roo National Park. Ideal for hiking and taking in the abundance of wildlife here, the national park also has canoeing, bamboo rafting and elephant trekking. You might also want to check out the Lam Roo waterfall and the hot springs at Kapong, both near Khao Lak.
Hotels and Accommodation in Khao Lak
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to places to stay in Khao Lak, from trendy hostels to traditional Thai villas and five-star resorts. There are luxury hotels with outdoor pools and exotic gardens right on the beach, while budget-friendly accommodation tends to be further from the coastline but still within easy walking distance of Khao Lak’s stunning beaches.
Miles of golden sand close to the rainforests and mountains with a good choice of hotels makes Khao Lak a popular destination. More peaceful than resorts like Phuket, it offers a tranquil getaway those who want to escape the bustle of livelier resorts.