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All you need to know to visit Khao Lak

Southern Thailand
830 km from Bangkok
Province of Phang Na

Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum


Practical guide to go and visit Khao Lak

80 km in the North of Phuket, Khao Lak offers beautiful landscapes and beaches. Popular destination for divers, the city is located on a beautiful coast (which was affected by the tsunami of 2004) and is stays in a natural mix of forest, cliffs and waterfalls. Quieter and less crowded than its neighbor Phuket, Khao Lak is near the national parks of Similian islands and Surin. Lovers of the sea, cliffs and postcard's scenery will be delighted to make a stop there for a few days. And tourists come every year more numerous. Khao Lak is a nice alternative to Phuket.
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Accommodations in Khao Lak

Finding a room to sleep in Khao Lak with no advance booking can be a little tricky. Especially in the budget addresses where rooms are less than 600 bahts par night. If there are many quite luxurious hotels in the area, there are still small guesthouses and even some dorm beds too. Monkey Dive Hostel is THE backpackers place. It is often full during high season so it is adviced to book in advance via internet but there are neighboring accommodations with a little less pretty rooms at similar prices. In the same area you will find several accommodation at low prices (low for the region)

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My recommandations

People often ask me what accommodations I recommend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Khao Lak.

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Practical information about Khao Lak

Note that there are very few budget accommodation by the sea. Most of them are in the city.

How to go to Khao Lak ?

Khao Lak is located approximatly 75 km in the North of Phuket. The easiest way togo there is to go to Phuket and take a taxi or catch a bus on Highway 4 ( 5 minutes from the airport ). Buses to Takua Pa , Ranong or Surat Thani stop at Khao Lak ( Phuket - Khao Lak, approximatly 2h ). You can also go to Surat Thani and take a bus to Khao Lak ( near the train sation ). From Bangkok, there buses from Southern Bus Terminal ( Saï Taï Mai ) to Surat Thani.
There also daily minivans from Krabi to Khao Lak, ask local travel agencies.

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My selection of tours & activities in Khao Lak

1 day tour to Surin Islands From Khao Lak Khao Lak
Frenchy Explorer

1 day tour to Surin Islands From Khao Lak

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Go on a 1 day trip to the Surin Islands, their magnificent white sand beaches with turquoise water and their incredible snorkeling spots with multitudes of colorful fish.

How to get around in Khao Lak ?

The city of Khao Lak basically is just a part of a big road with some perpendicular streets, so there are not many transports. However, songthaews can be found at the bus station on both sides of the road. They will offer you to be your taxi. There are also motorcycle taxis, concentrated at the market (opposite 813 Tsunami Memorial).

Must-visits in Khao Lak

Phang Nga Bay

My opinion :
One of the most beautiful natural scenery in Thailand with its limestone cliffs and mountains in a turquoise sea. The main attractions in the bay are the famous James Bond Island and Koh Panyee with its floating village.

James Bond Island

My opinion :
The island shaped like a nail in the sea is called James Bond Island since its appearance in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Similan Isands

My opinion :
Comprising 11 islands, the Mu Ko Similan National Park offers seascapes and beaches as well as some of the most beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand. This exceptional environment is threatened by tourism, but measures have been taken to try to preserve it such as the closure to visitors during the low season and more recently the introduction of daily quotas of tourists.

Koh Surin islands

My opinion :
With their beautiful white sand beaches with turquoise water and snorkeling or diving spots among the most beautiful in Thailand, the Surin Islands are clearly a must go place during your stay in the area. But be aware that they are only open to the public 6 months per year.

Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

My opinion :
Discovered by a photographer who was looking for a dominant viewpoint to photograph Phang Nga Bay, the Samet Nangshe Viewpoint has become in just a few years one of the most popular attractions in the region. For a unique reason: the panorama is just amazing ! You can sleep in a tent, a basic bungalow or a comfortable room there too.

Little Amazon Takuapa

My opinion :
Canoeing on this small stretch of river immersed in the middle of the jungle whilespotting snakes, many kinds of birds, sometimes monkeys and monitor lizards is a real adventure! It's really fun to do! Except maybe if you have a snake phobia. Little Amazon is 30 km from Khao Lak and 1 km from Takuapa.

Other places to see in Khao Lak

813 Tsunami Memorial Park Khao Lak
813 Tsunami Memorial Park

Memorial to remember the tsunami in Thailand in December 2004, which hit Khao Lak very hard and brought ashore the police boat 813 centerpiece of the memorial to more than a kilometer inland.
Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park Khao Lak
Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Here you can do interesting tours and especially where is our favorite beach in Khao Lak!
Koh Panyee Island Khao Lak
Koh Panyee Island

the island and its mainly floating village is very touristy. It welcomes all tourists visiting the bay and the James Bond Island, but when everyone is gone, it's a amazing place. You can rent a bungalow to enjoy the unique atmosphere before and after the arrival of tourist groups.
Takuapa Old Town Khao Lak
Takuapa Old Town

Takuapa is about 30 kilometers from Khao Lak city. The town, which was once one of the most important commercial cities in southern Thailand thanks to tin-dredging, has a pretty little historic center with well-preserved and restored old Sino-Thai style houses. Its Sunday Walking Street is also very nice !

Weather & climate in Khao Lak

Khao Lak has a tropical monsoon climate. Khao Lak has a dry season from December to March and a wet season the rest of the year. However, Khao Lak has precipitation even during its dry season. The most rainy months are September and October.

The best months to come to Khao Lak are December and especially January and February. From May to the end of October, there are very regular heavy showers. It is especially not recommended to come to Khao Lak in September and October, the monsoon is strong at that time of the year on the Andaman coast.

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When to go to Khao Lak ?

quand partir à Khao Lak

How to ask in Thai to go to Khao Lak ?

I want to go to Khao Lak / Yak paï ti Khao Lak.
Where is Khao Lak ? / Khao Lak you ti naï ?
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