Skip Phuket!!! I hear what you’re thinking. Is this guy serious?
Perhaps I am being a little harsh, because Phuketis a great vacation destination, yes great!!! And if that is your preferred holiday destination in Thailand, I’ll be the first to say there is nothing wrong with that especially if you love the busy atmosphere that comes with the popular tourist island.
What if I could tell you that there is another option just as appealing for travellers, an option that is situated along the West Coast of Thailand and overlooks the Andaman Sea. Better yet, it’s only a short 60-minute drive from the Phuket International Airport.
Sounds Great!!! Well, let me introduce you to Khao Lak.
The chances are you have probably heard of it. Some of you have probably paid a visit. But if you haven’t stumbled across Khao Lak during your time in Thailand, or if you are just plain unfamiliar, I am going to give you a few reasons why you should head North to Khao Lak and skip Phuket in the process.
Skip Phuket!!! And Head North to Khao Lak Instead
Less Hustle and Bustle in Khao Lak
Less, crowds, less tourist, fewer worries. Walking around the town centre and the major markets of Khao Lak are a breeze, especially when there is less chance of colliding with people on the streets and the need to watch your step at every turn. Another bonus is the amount of traffic on the roads, it is considerably less, which also means fewer motorbikes to dodge when crossing the streets.
In the quieter streets of Khao Lak, you have the luxury to shop with freedom and without getting always hassled by a shop owner, at least until you are ready to buy because that’s when the bartering begins. The same can be said with laidback nature of Khao Lak’s bars and restaurants, you can wander in, grab a seat and enjoy a relaxing Chang beer while mingling with those around you. At the end of the night, you can either stroll back to your hotel or catch an affordable taxi that is readily available.
The Unbelievable Khao Lak Beaches
From the time you enter Khao Lak and take your first glimpse of the coastline over the Andaman Sea, you will be mesmerised at how beautiful a Khao Lak beach can look from afar. Very white and pristine indeed. The first thought will be to get the camera out and take some fantastic photos, and the second thought will be to put on the swimwear and have a swim.
Once at the beach itself, there is plenty of room to move about, with crowds merely not an issue at all and the seas quite calm in most parts along the white sand beach of Khao Lak. Best of all you will find the beaches are kept relatively clean, so take off your thongs and enjoy the soft sand underneath your feet, while listening to the sounds of the water.
Delightful beachside Resorts
When a town is close to the beach, there are bound to be some great beachside resorts, and Khao Lak doesn’t disappoint with many elegant resorts spread out through the length of the town. You will find a number resorts either within walking distance of the main town-centre or a few top-notch resorts a little further out. Whichever way you go, you won’t be disappointed.
A few notable resorts to note in Khao Lak is the Mai Khao Lak Beach Resort, Laguna Resort, Beyond Resort and the delightful Anda Mani Resort. Don’t threat what your budget is in Khao Lak, and you’ll be sure to find the right accommodation for your desire and needs.
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Khao Lak has everything you need for a perfect holiday
Whatever it is you desire for a luxury holiday, Khao Lak will not let you down. There is shopping, beaches, waterfalls, restaurants & bars and many other attractions within proximity to town. Khao Lak has all that Phuket has to offer, just with fewer crowds.
You want a day trip out to James Bond Island or Phi Phi islands? Khao Lak and their popular tours will deliver for you. You want a trip over to Phuket, it’s only a short drive away, and you can be back in time to watch a gorgeous Thai sunset over the Andaman Sea to end another perfect day.
If you didn’t know much about Khao Lak, well now you know a little more, but nothing can beat seeing this fabulous town for yourself and witnessing pure luxury. It may persuade you to ditch Phuket for your next holiday and explore a different area of Thailand.