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Khao Lak

Southern Thailand
830 km from Bangkok
Province of Phang Na
Population : 5 000


Recomm. stay
2 jours minimum


General Information about 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 recommaend in Thailand, here are my recommandations in Khao Lak.

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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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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 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).

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 ?

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.
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