There is no denying the allure that Phuket has over aspiring Thai tourists. Vibrant and never-sleeping, the island is home to the Old Phuket Town, Phang Nga Bay, Big Buddha in Chalong, Wat Chalong’s enchanting temples, exotic Thai Boxing on Patong Beach, and intrepid Bangla Road.
If you want a more picturesque Instagram feed, Phuket is also full of exquisite backdrops for your online scrapbook. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a different scene and one that is slightly less explored, you won’t want to miss out on the organic and captivating Khao Lak, which is an underrated landing place for visitors new to Thailand.
A Run-Down of Khao Lak
It is located in the Phang Nga province facing the stunning and biodiversity-rich Andaman Sea, which is about 80 kilometers north of the Phuket Airport. Translated literally, Khao Lak means “Lak Mountain”. Since its revival from the 2004 tsunami that raged all throughout Thailand, it now offers a soft and serene tourist experience.
What to See When You Visit Khao Lak
Unlike the bustling and glamorous Phuket, the district is the ideal getaway from bright lights and busy streets. Seeing that it is adorned with only a few restaurants, bars, and shops, the place is a must for your beachfront escape because of modern resort pleasures that dot the area.
Enjoy the Natural, Spell-Binding Wonders
The locals that populate the place are just as cheery as they are friendly. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly ask you about your day! If you’re a fan of wildlife, the Thai Muang National Park Beach is home to a turtle conservatory, a place where you can participate in releasing them back into the sea, especially if you’re visiting in March.
Popular tour packages will take you to national parks, such as Khao Lak Lan Ru National Park and Thai Muang National Park, where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of various wildlife and waterfalls. The Lam Ru and Ton Chong Fa are also popular tourist spots close to hot springs that can be accessed for a small fee. Among the most in-demand tour packages is the Khao Sok National Park, just an easy distance from the heart of Khao Lak.
If you’re exploring by yourself, we recommend renting a bicycle or motorcycle, rather than going on foot. For aspiring explorers, the district has many shipwreck dive sites that are abundant with eels, lionfish, crabs, and other exciting marine life. Other water-based activities include kayaking around the Pha Nga Bay, where you can discover limestone karsts and caves.
Another place you can visit is the Ban Niang Night Market, which usually opens every Wednesday and Saturday.
Khao Lak is the place to be if you’re seeking a cultured Thai experience in the heart of Mother Nature. From the many tourist attractions to various outdoor activities, you’ll surely find activities to enjoy here that will keep you coming back for more!
Though the glitz and glamor of Phuket are often irresistible to newcomers, Devasom Khao Lak is the perfect accommodation for visitors. We offer horizon-edged pools, delectable Thai and Western cuisine, a wine cellar, spa, and even fully-equipped gym. If you are looking for a beachfront resort in Khao Lak, get in touch with us today and book your stay!