When a holiday in Thailand comes calling, Khao Lak needs to be given every consideration when seeking that ideal vacation in paradise.
Khao Lak has everything a traveller seeks when visiting the tropics, starting with the stunning white sandy beaches, to drinking cocktails by the shore, in no time you will be relaxing in the deck chairs by the pool resort appreciating all the fine things in life.
It’s Khao Lak, it’s Thailand and it’s a great luxury escape.
The Important Facts
Where is Khao Lak
Khao Lak is in the Phang Nga Province of Southern Thailand and only an hour drive away from the Island of Phuket. The best way to get to Khao Lak after landing at the Phuket International Airport, is through organised transport through the hotel or by your own means with a personal driver or bus.
Where to Stay in Khao Lak
Khao Lak has several types of accommodations, ranging from budget hotels to luxury beachside resorts. A great family resort to stay at is the Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort, which is a good twenty minutes taxi ride from the town centre, but has plenty of activities for the whole family within and around the resort grounds.
If you need to change a small amount of cash upon arrival in Phuket, then change the minimum amount needed at the Phuket International Airport. Save any major exchanges for the banks in Khao Lak, a lot better rates than the airport, which means more baht for you to spend in the markets.
Awesome Things to do in and around Khao Lak
There is an abundance of activities, dining options and shopping to do in and around Khao Lak, from popular day trips, to eating local Thai cuisine and shopping at the busy night markets in the heart of town.
Let’s have a closer look at some of the best things to do within the area and on the outskirts of Khao Lak, and help create a list of activities for your next adventure to this vibrant tourist hotspot of Thailand.
Explore the stunning beaches
Khao Lak stretches many kilometres along the Western Coastline of Thailand and that can only mean one thing, plenty of beautiful beaches along the Andaman Sea. The beaches are clean, at times a perfect white with plenty of bars for a drink situated throughout the outskirts of the beach.
The best beaches of note are the Nan Thong Beach, the White Sand beach and the Khuk Khak Beach. Although, you will find many secluded beaches along the coastal area to roll out a towel and enjoy the quiet, laid-back nature that is on offer in Khao Lak.
Zip-lining at great heights
Enjoy a little Adrenaline at great heights with The Elephant Fly Zip-line course that will give a wild rush for any holiday-goers on vacation wo love the extra excitement. There are also other smaller zip-line/flying fox adventures available in the area that can be included in day tour packages.
Explore the town centre
Whenever visiting any destination around the world, the major town centre or city needs to be a priority on any list of activities to do. Exploring a town by foot is a great way to explore any destination and It’s no different in Khao Lak.
The Khao Lak town centre is less crowded than its busy neighbour, Phuket, but it doesn’t mean it lacks in entertainment, with plenty of bars, restaurants, markets, street shopping and a whole lot more on offer for the tourist, it even includes a McDonalds.
Experience the night markets
The Bang Niang Night Markets is the major shopping paradise in town with plenty of goods on offer for sale. The markets range from fresh juices, baked goods and Thai food, to clothing, accessories and souvenirs, to name a few items up for grabs in the Bang Niang markets.
It is a great chance to spend some coin and even find a real bargain or two. It’s also a good way to catch up on your bartering skills with the friendly shop owners as you negotiate a price for that singlet.
The Tsunami Museum
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami devastated many countries and Khao Lak copped its whack too, destroying a large proportion of its town, with many people killed in the tragedy. While the town has rebuilt itself sensationally, they don’t forget the horror past with a museum dedicated to the 2004 Tsunami. The Museum displays many photo’s, videos and information of the tragic day in history.
Take a stroll through beach towns
The chances are when you are strolling along the beautiful beaches, you will stumble across these unique little towns that are right on the edge of the beach and a quite a lovely atmosphere, especially in the evenings. The only access to these bubbly towns is by foot, unless you are a local using the back roads.
These little beach towns contain such amenities like, restaurants, markets, tour agencies, money exchange banks, and even massage parlours on the edge of the beach, with the sounds of the waves acting as the soothing music during your relaxing therapy.
Dine and Drink in the Restaurants and Bars
If you want to escape the top-quality food at your resort and the heavy price that goes with it, you never have to venture far to find a much cheaper option. Khao Lak offers many choices of affordable Thai/Western foods and drinks at an abundance of restaurants situated all over the region.
Enjoy the thrills of White water rafting
A white-water rafting adventure is a little out of Khao Lak, but needs to be on the agenda during your stay in Khao Lak. For those inexperienced on the waters, this adventure will give you great thrills as the guides navigate the river and you enjoy the ride and take in the surrounding scenery. It’s a great family-fun adventure too.
Discover the magnificent Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay may be a good 90-minute bus ride from the town centre to the docks, but this adventure needs to be number 1 on the list. The beautiful Phang Nga Bay will dazzle with a number islands, islets, mangroves and even the quite remarkable Panyee Island floating Village, that will make this day out on the Bay a journey to remember.
Have a fulfilling day with affordable tours
You will never have to wander far from your hotel to find a tour agency, as is the general case in any part of Thailand. Book an affordable day tour that can take you to many wonderful locations, such as National Parks, bamboo rafting and flowing water falls.
Discover the very best of Khao Lak and the Phang Nga Province with an epic day tour, where great photos will be created, and a crazy adventure will be had during your memorable vacation in Khao Lak.
A Gallery of Khao Lak
Check out below a gallery of wonderful things to do in and around Khao Lak and book your next plane ticket to this awesome destination in Thailand.