Khao Lak is a series of silent little beach villages that have now become a popular tourist destination. With endless tropical beaches and beauties of nature hidden from common sight, Khao Lak brings the image of a series of white sanded beaches backed by a thick forest line dotted with hamlets, off the coast of Phuket. Its uniqueness lies in its inexpensive hotels and off-the-frid resorts that can put even the topmost star hotels in check.
Optimally located close to some of Thailand’s most loved islands, national parks, Khao Lak is an ideal destination as a resting spot for tourists who prefer to take some time off to relax and explore.
- Khao Lak is popular for its serene ambience and as a departure point for scuba diving trips to the Similan and Surin islands. Its cheaper and time-efficient to explore the aquatic world from Khao Lak.
- You can try your hand at snorkeling, which can be booked locally. However if you’d like to snorkel at any of the islands, it takes about 3 hours to get there, limiting time to snorkel.
- Walking around and hiking through the thick enchanting forests of Khao Lak is a must for tourists who are fascinated with wildlife. The forests also hold the national park of Laem Ru, Sri Phang Nga, Khao Sok and Thai Muang.
- Close to Khao Lak, you can ride on elephants at Ton Pariwat in a gorgeous environment. There are also several waterfalls that you will pass by on elephant back.
Khao Lak was nothing more than a strip of small fishing and mining villages along the trading route, north of Phuket. In the early 2000’s this sleepy stretch of beach started attracting tourists because of the quiet and tranquil that its untouched beaches offered. However, in 2004, Khao Lak was most severely affected by the Tsunami, and more than 4000 lives were affected. The Tsunami wiped out 90% of Khao Lak, however the villages have now been rebuilt and reconstructed to put together the lives of the shattered locals.
Today the beaches are once again pristine, bringing Khao Lak once again to the tourist map.
Along with restaurants along the beach, the Khao Lak villages also feature a unique nightlife. Bang Niang and Nang Thong are the centers for neon-lit nights, yet stays in sync with the vibes of the place; relaxed and laid back, and is all about enjoying the sound of the sea, having some drinks and socialising.
Khao Lak is one of the more relaxed destinations in Thailand, and keeping in spirit with their surroundings, there is just about enough to experience.
- Police Boat 813 is a memorial and historical landmark to mark the unfortunate death of Prince Khun Phum Jensen who was jet-skiing when the Tsunami wave struck. He and the entire crew that was overseeing his vacation sank and dided. The other police boat that was swept inland and has been left as it is as a landmark.
- Chong Fah Waterfall is about 10 minutes from Bang Niang and is a scenic and lush waterfall that is accessible to all.
- Takuapa & Old Town you will find an interesting sub-culture of Sino-Portuguese architecture and have the chance to wander around quaint shops.
- Lampi Waterfall is another rare natural gem about 30 minutes from Khao Lak. Best viewed in the early morning as the sun rises from behind the mountains and the rays glimmer through the mist.