When people think about travel to Thailand, people think about sunny beaches and everything that goes with it. There are no shortages of beaches in Thailand, but not all beaches are created equal. In Khao Lak, we are lucky to have some of the best beaches in Thailand, ideal for almost every water sport. And if your idea of a beach holiday is more about laying in the sun than playing in the water, Khao Lak has beaches for that too. We’ve broken down our top 5 favorite beach activities in Khao Lak.
1. Snorkeling in Khao Lak
It is no secret that Thailand is an ideal destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Visitors travel from all over the world to experience Thailand’s underwater marine life, from coral reefs to turtles, to sharks. The best time of year to snorkel in Khao Lak is from November to April. The water in the Andaman Sea is crystal clear and calm as a lake. Usually visitors can snorkel near any rocks off the beaches in Khao Lak and they will spot colorful fish swimming in shallow water. Khao Lak beaches are ideal for snorkeling as far as fun beach activities go.
Snorkeling near Similan, Surin and Koh Tachai Islands
For some of the best snorkeling spots in the world, visitors to Khao Lak should not miss the nearby islands. Day trips and overnight trips to Similan Islands will include stops at snorkeling spots with amazing biodiversity. All tour operators will provide snorkeling gear such as a mask, breathing tube and fins.
The Surin Islands are equally majestic. Day trips also include stops at popular snorkeling spots. In addition, visitors also visit a beach where sea gypsies live. Traditionally living full-time on boats in the open water, the Thai government allowed these nomadic people to settle here where they could continue living according to their traditions but enjoy a few of life’s modern comforts and safety. The trip to the Surin Islands is a bit longer than the trip to Similan as the islands are further away.
Not to be forgotten, Koh Tachai is also a must-see for adventurous travelers. Nestled between Similan and Surin Islands, Koh Tachai is smaller and allows for lunch stops and snorkeling.
What each of these islands have in common are powder white sand beaches, crystal clear azure waters and seas teeming with life.
2. Surfing in Khao Lak
Memories Beach in Khao Lak is Thailand’s number one surf spot. It first became popular amongst local Thai people. Now that Thailand is open to all international visitors, people from all over the world are discovering the waves at Memories Beach and other surf spots in Khao Lak, adding yet more beach activities to Khao Lak. Memories Beach Bar is the place to go for snacks, meals and drinks.
Surf lessons in Khao Lak
New to surfing? Not a problem. There are many quality surf schools and instructors in Khao Lak. Learn to surf at Memories Beach where the waves are perfect for beginners. Just make sure to book surf lessons in advance to avoid disappointment.
Rent a surfboard in Khao Lak
Traveling with a surfboard may not be very convenient. Rent a surfboard from the hotel or rent a surfboard at Memories Beach or other nearby shops. Prices may vary, but there are plenty of surfboards to choose from. Most rentals will have long boards and short boards available. Make sure to thoroughly check surfboards before renting them to avoid any potential problems when returning the board.
3. Standup paddle board (SUP) or kayak on Khao Lak beaches
If surfing is not your sport, there’s more than one way to have fun in the sea. Paddle boarding is a great way to enjoy the Andaman Sea and the beaches in Khao Lak. For those who like some excitement on the water, there are waves from May to October. For calm waters, paddle boarding during November to April will prove relaxing. Most beachfront hotels in Khao Lak will have SUP boards available free of charge for guests.
Kayak near the beach in Khao Lak
If standing up on a paddle board is not for you, but you still want to row, there is also kayaking. Fit for one, two or sometimes more people, kayaks are a fun way to experience the open water and get a good workout. At Devasom Khao Lak, guests can kayak in the serene lagoon next to the resort or guests can take the kayak into the open sea. See more of Devasom’s fun beach activities here: Adventures at Devasom Khao Lak.
4. Scuba diving from Khao Lak
No diving trip to Thailand is complete without a diving trip to the Similan Islands. World renowned for the variety of aquatic life, visitors can book a liveaboard and enjoy a couple of days over the open water near the Similan Islands. Rated as intermediate to advanced, there are also diving spots suitable for beginners.
Visibility in the water is usually very clear, up to 40m. Marine life can be found in water as shallow as 5m. Doing a little research before booking a scuba diving trip to the Similan Islands will go a long way to getting the most out of the experience.
5. Sunset Happy Hour in Khao Lak
After a fun day in the sun, there is no better way to wind down than to take in the sunset. Most Khao Lak beach hotels and beach bars or restaurants will offer sundowner specials. Enjoy a fresh coconut, fresh fruit smoothie or local beer. To spice things up a bit, enjoy a local signature cocktail using Thai spirits. Khao Lak has some of the most beautiful sunsets in all of Thailand.
What are your favourite beach activities?