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What places to visit in Khao Lak?

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What to see in Khao Lak

In Khao Lak city, places to visit are mainly memorials to the victims of 2004 tsunami. But here you also are not far from the Phang Nga Bay which offers one of the most beautiful seascapes in Thailand. It includes among others the famous James Bond Island, appeared in "The Man with the Golden Gun". All Khao Lak travel agencies offer a day trip to explore this beautiful bay. But make them compete because if the program is everywhere the same, the price can be very different.
I also listed at the end of the page some good tours, excursions and activities that you can do in Khao Lak or from Khao Lak. Click here to see them.

Must-visit places in Khao Lak

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Phang Nga Bay

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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.
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James Bond Island

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

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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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Koh Surin islands

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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.
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Samet Nangshe Viewpoint

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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.
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Little Amazon Takuapa

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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.
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Samet Nangshe Skywalk

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Raised glass walkway built 80 meters above the ground which offers an amazing view of the most beautiful part of Phang Nga Bay that can be seen from the mainland. The same view, or almost, you can get by climbing the neighboring Samet Nangshe Viewpoint... but with the “frizz” of a skywalk.
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Other nice places to visit in Khao Lak

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

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

Koh Panyee Island

starstarstarstarstar 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.
Ao Tho Li Viewpoint

Ao Tho Li Viewpoint

starstarstarstar Much less known, and therefore less visited, than the neighboring Samet Nangshe Viewpoint, Ao Tho Li offers a slightly less ideal view of Phang Nga Bay because it is more at the right of the most beautiful part but remains a very good alternative for those who want to less crowds, more tranquility. You can also sleep up there in tents or fairly basic bungalows.
813 Tsunami Memorial Park

813 Tsunami Memorial Park

starstarstar 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.
Takuapa Old Town

Takuapa Old Town

starstarstar 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 !

Other visits suggestions in Khao Lak

  • Similian Islands National Park
    70 km from the coast. The forested islands with fine white sand beaches and coral reefs are a dream destination for diving fans. Departure from Thap Lamu pier. You will have no trouble finding an agency to offer formulas to get there.

Tours in Khao Lak and around

This selection includes tours, excursions and activities that I have personally tested or were tested by people I fully trust but also offers by recognized agencies or websites known for their seriousness and quality.

day trip to discover phang nga bay from khao lak

Day trip to discover Phang Nga Bay from Khao Lak

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Discover Phang Nga Bay in a small group, in a traditional longtail boat, through its natural beauties and its local life, and outside of the classic circuits. You will see the famous James Bond Island, go canoeing (with paddler), visit a cave and a local village.

stunning koh surin islands with overnight stay

Stunning Koh Surin Islands with Overnight Stay

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Snorkeling at the beautiful Surin Islands with overnight stay. Staying the night really change the expérience !

khao lak tailor-made visit program

Khao Lak tailor-made visit program

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Khao Lak in Phang Nga province is known for its beaches, its snorkeling trips especially to the Surin and Similan islands and its boat excursions in the superb Phang Nga Bay. But there are also other more local experiences. Ask for a tailor-made visit program in Khao Lak!

snorkeling day and beautiful beaches in the similan islands from khao lak

Snorkeling day and beautiful beaches in the Similan Islands from Khao Lak

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Embark on a memorable day trip to the stunning Similan Islands, where white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and lush rainforests await your exploration. Make the most of the mask/snorkel diving sessions to marvel at the underwater world, and keep a lookout – encounters with turtles are not uncommon!

1 day tour to surin islands from khao lak

1 day tour to Surin Islands From Khao Lak

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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.

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Day Trip to Similan Islands

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Visit the Ko Similan Marine Park from Phuket and enjoy its superb beaches, turquoise waters, and mask and snorkel spots where you can swim among multicolored fish.

snorkeling and beach time far from mass tourism in khao lak

Snorkeling and beach time far from mass tourism in Khao Lak

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Partez pour une journée de plage et plongée masque et tuba aux milieu des coraux et poissons mutlicolores près de Khao Lak dans un coin avec très peu de touristes. Sortie en bateau traditionnel en bois.

eco-tourism:spend the day in a local community in khao lak

Eco-tourism:spend the day in a local community in Khao Lak

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Take the time to explore the vibrant life of a local community of fishermen and artisans nestled between the sea and the mangrove forests in Khao Lak. Committed to sustainable tourism, they extend a warm welcome, offering you a variety of authentic activities.

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Day Trip to Surin Islands

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Visit Ko Surin National Park, one of the best snorkeling destinations in Thailand. On the program for this 1 day tour from Phuket: paradise beaches and snorkeling among corals and multicolored fish.

Places to see elsewhere in Thailand

Prasat Muang Tam

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8 km from the Phanom Rung, this small Khmer temple has been wonderfully restored. A visit to do before or after Phanom Rung visit.


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Phimai temple

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which houses Prasat Phimai, one of the finest examples of Khmer temple in Thailand. Its architecture reminds of Angkor Wat in many ways.


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Wat Pong Sanuk

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This small temple whose restoration work has been awarded by UNESCO does not lack of charm especially its elevated central part hosting a chedi, a hall with a reclining Buddha and a superb unique...


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Kanchanaburi Night Market

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In Kanchanaburi as elsewhere in Thailand, the night market is a nice place to go eat Street Food in the evening and why not do some shopping mainly for clothes. It is held every day of the week...


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