In the Phang Nga province, some 80 kilometers north of Phuket, you will find the beachside paradise of Khao Lak. To its east, it is protected by a small, hilly, mountainous region, and to the west, it overlooks the Andaman Sea. Khao Lak is one of Thailand’s most beautiful beach destinations and a great place to find both flights of adventure and moments of relaxation that will satisfy any discerning traveler.
Khao Lak itself spans some 25 kilometers of coastline. For many divers and tourists, Khao Lak is considered the gateway to exploring the Similan Islands, as it is easily and quickly accessible by boat. The region gives travelers a more relaxing, laid-back atmosphere than the frenzy of Phuket Island and offers a multitude of experiences of the country’s natural beauty and rich culture.
If you’re looking for the perfect place for a weekend getaway, here are five reasons to choose Khao Lak:
1. Walk along breathtaking beaches
It goes without saying that Thailand boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Khao Lak is home to several of them! The main Khao Lak beach is the top choice for most families and those who are looking for privacy and tranquility.
Scenic and lined with palm trees White Sand Beach is a 2.6km long stretch of powdery soft sand where you can enjoy an afternoon cocktail or a romantic dinner set against a backdrop of clear emerald waters. Nang Thong Beach and La On Village are the shopping and dining hub for those looking for more bustling activity and nightlife.
2. Dive in the Andaman Sea
Just over an hour’s ride by speedboat from Khao Lak is one of Thailand’s most popular dive spots. Divers from all over the world descend upon the Similan Islands. You can spend a full day snorkeling along the coral reefs at Stonehenge (named for its massive granite boulders) or you can also enjoy its turquoise waters from the white sand beaches.
Picturesque both above water and below, experienced scuba divers pick the waters of these islands to inspect shipwrecks and swim through underwater rock formations like an obstacle course.
3. Hike in Khao Lak Lam-Ru National Park
If you’re looking to be immersed in nature for a day, try a hike through Khao Lak Lam-Ru National Park. Covering 125 sqm2 of natural forest along the shoreline, you can trek through there to discover the unspoiled beauty of exotic plants and wildlife. In the park, you’ll encounter Lam-Ru waterfalls, the largest waterfall in this protected area.
4. Kayak and Paddle in Phang Nga Bay
Excursions like kayaking and paddling are a great way to take in the scenery and leave the crowds behind on a warm afternoon. Discover the wonders of Phang Nga Bay with an expert kayak guide who will take you through mangroves, natural caves, and hidden lagoons. You’ll have a front-row seat to watch the sunset as you float along the coastline.
Before you head back home, you might be treated to a natural light show with bioluminescent plankton and twinkling fireflies.
5. Enjoy delicious and authentic Thai Cuisine
There’s no better way to experience an explosion of Thai flavors than with authentic southern cuisine. Awaken your senses with all the seafood curry, pad thai, and pineapple rice. You can take a different kind of souvenir home with you by signing up for a cooking class and learning to cook your favorite Thai dish. Visit Bang Niang Market for some authentic Thai street food, and shop for souvenirs, and maybe pick up local decor pieces to take home with you.
Khao Lak is an amazing and beautiful destination for travelers of all ages. Easily accessible through Phuket International Airport, it is the top choice for those seeking the serenity of a relaxing in a beachfront villa while still having access to thrilling outdoor adventure.
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