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Our Top Destinations in Khao Lak – What to Know

September 13, 2019
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Between cosmopolitan Bangkok and crowded Phuket lies Khao Lak, another great option for travelers. It’s less than two hours north of Phuket, and it’s an old coastal destination that’s making a comeback as a top vacation spot for families.

Khao Lak means “mountain by the sea.” This scenic spot near the Andaman Seaboard is lined with long stretches of white and yellow sand beaches. Here you can find plenty of resorts that are open to different lifestyles. There’s something for everyone in Khao Lak. Read on to find out how you can make the most of your time there.

Island Tours

When it comes to Similan and Surin National Parks, you don’t actually have to decide which one is better. Just visit both! With two groups of islands to appreciate, seeing them all through island tours can help you decide which one is more your speed.

The Similan Group of Islands is composed of 11 islands, although “Similan” in the local Yawi dialect means “nine.” That name refers to the number of islands originally found in this area. When two more islands belonging to the same geological group were discovered, Ko Bon and Tachai were eventually added to the national park in the late 1990s.

Similan’s beauty is evident once you reach one island after another. Given its popularity, a cap on the number of visitors allowed to visit the islands was imposed after the area’s environmental rehabilitation last year. You should book an island tour ahead of time if you don’t want to miss out on anything.

Surin is a convergence of five islands near the Burmese border. One of its most famous sites is Richelieu’s Rock, which is widely held to be one of the top diving spots in the world.

Surfing and bodyboarding on Pakarang beach

Because of its perfect weather conditions, Pakarang Beach has become a favorite of surfers and bodyboarders. This is especially true between March and November when good waves come by. Look for the bars and villas that offer sun loungers and cold drinks by the beach. The beach picks up small to big swells for surfers of different skill levels. It is known to be among the most consistent surfing spots in Thailand.

Turtle conservation

With nature all around you for the Khao Lak holidays, it’s easy to understand why the Royal Marine Turtle Sanctuary was set up here. Another marine conservation unit, the Sea Turtle Conservation Center, was also built minutes away, at Thai Mueang.

Four different turtle species—Hawksbill turtles, Green turtles, Leatherback turtles, and Olive Ridley turtles—live in the Andaman Sea and are the subject of conservation efforts in the area. The number of turtles in this area reportedly dropped in recent years due to excessive fishing, egg poaching, and habitat problems. The marine conservation hubs also house research organizations dedicated to protecting these creatures.

Khao Sok National Park

One of the most beautiful nature reserves in Thailand is found in Khao Sok, near Khao Lak. It hosts one of the oldest evergreen rainforests in the world, as well as huge limestone mountains, valleys, lakes, and assorted flora and fauna. It is known to shelter rare species such as the giant Rafflesia flower, hornbills, gibbons, and tigers. The park allows tour groups to explore the place and try different activities such as the elephant-back safari, hiking, and rafting, kayaking or canoeing at the Sok river.


While on the trail, you may spot some of the waterfalls. You can use them as your pit stops and take a dip in them. Among the falls in Khao Lak include Lampi, Sai Rung Falls, Ton Chona Fa and Ton Prai, all of which are just kilometers away from each other.

Tsunami museums

After the 2004 tsunami in Khao Lak, memorials were erected at Baan Nam Khem, including the Tsunami Police Boat Memorial. Years after the tragedy, the local government of Thailand and its people have resolved to protect its guests and townsfolk in cooperation with the coast guard.

Kloong Koo River Restaurant

A unique dining experience awaits you at the Kloong Koo River. Diners are seated in chairs and tables built into the shallow parts of the riverbank. They eat by the river and are surrounded by the jungle. The path you’ll have to take to get there is worth it, seeing as how lovely the setting is.

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