This exquisite Thailand retreat has gained a reputation as an attractive alternative to some of the country’s more cosmopolitan resorts.
Located in Thailand’s stunning Phang Nga province, Khao Lak is perfect for those looking to get away from all the hustle and bustle. However, this hasn’t always been the case. Khao Lak is one of many destinations that were badly hit by the 2004 tsunami. Fortunately, a swift rebuild has seen the area return to its former glory. Nowadays, the area is home to a wide selection of luxury hotels, restaurants, pristine beaches, exotic rainforests and quaint villages.
Khao Lak holidays often appeal to both families and couples. Visitors to the region will find a wide selection of activities and attractions that cater for holidaymakers of all ages, including watersports and snorkelling tours.
Local tours and excursions are the best way to explore this wonderful part of Thailand. High on the list of recommendations is a trip to Nang Thong beach the region’s largest and most popular beach. The area boasts a wide selection of bars, restaurants, shops, and diving centres. It’s also the perfect place to catch a boat tour or island cruise.
Those looking to explore more of the the area’s breathtaking landscape will want to head to the Khao LakLam Ru National Park – a magnificent landscape of rainforests, waterfalls and mountains. On top of being a sublime beauty spot, the park provides a habitat for a whole range of wildlife, including elephants, hornbills, monkeys and langurs.
Khao Lak’s prime position on the coast makes it ideal for island hopping. The Similan islands are just one of the many idyllic islets that can be found in the Andaman Sea. Regular boat tours and excursions run to and from this incredible beauty spot, which is particularly popular amongst divers.
Elsewhere, Phuket is roughly just an hour away. The popular resort is worth a visit, if not for its nightlife, for its bustling markets, beautiful SinoPortuguese architecture and ancient monuments.
Flights: The nearest airport to Khao Lak is in Phuket. You can fly to Phuket from most major UK airports. However, it is likely your flight will include one or more stops on the way.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of your departure from Thailand. British passport holders can visit Phuket for less than 30 days without requiring a visa.
Packing essentials: Due to Khao Lak’s tropical climate, packing light clothing is advisable. Sun glasses, sun cream and a sun hat are also essential items, as is a light waterproof jacket. If you plan to visit any temples or sacred sites, you will need to wear clothing that covers your legs and shoulders.
Khao Lak stays warm throughout the year. The region enjoys temperatures that range from the high twenties to mid thirties. Khao Lak’s rainy season is generally falls between June to October. Expect conditions to be drier between November and February. March May are widely considered to be the island’s warmer months.
You’re looking to stay in a more relaxed and laidback region of Thailand, away from Thailand’s busier and more cosmopolitan resorts...