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The Insider’s List to Khao Lak

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Discover more in Khao Lak than our pristine tropical beach! When you book Devasom Khao Lak accommodations, it’s understood you aren’t planning to spend all of your time in the resort. Venturing out of the extraordinary luxury of Devasom Khao Lak can be extremely rewarding, leading to a deeper experience of the Khao Lak beach culture and the most incredible sights of the area. Devasom Khao Lak is called the Gateway to Adventure and our local team has put together an insider’s list of things to see and do that will show you how to make the most of your stay in Khao Lak.

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1. Restaurants in Khao Lak

Seating at Takola Thai Restaurant in Khao Lak

Takola Thai Restaurant (Bib Gourmand, Michelin Guide 2021 & 2022)

Experience culinary time-travel at Takola. Harkening to bygone era, Takola takes its name from the ancient name of the nearby town of Takuapa. Every dish served at Takola Thai Restaurant is made with fresh ingredients sourced from the local communities, using authentic Southern Thai recipes handed down for generations to our Executive Chef. The genuinely local Thai cuisine is healthy and supports traditional ways of life here in Khao Lak. By sourcing the vast majority of ingredients locally, Takola Thai Restaurant aims to help the local economy as well as reduce its carbon footprint. Sustainability is at the core of what Takola Thai Restaurant offers.

Takola has indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private room which seats up to ten guests. There is also a wine room with a vast selection of old and new world wines, including premium vintages from Thailand.

Open daily, 7:00 am–11:00 pm. Book Now.

Devasom Beach Grill and Bar, best sunset views in Khao Lak

Devasom Beach Grill and Bar

Devasom Beach Grill and Bar offers classic Mediterranean fare next to the sea, with stunning sunset views. The menu is diverse with Italian pasta favorites, delicious meats and seafood from the grill seasoned to perfection and wood-oven fired pizza. The sunsets are among the best Thailand has to offer. For visitors to Khao Lak looking to indulge in their favorite western dishes, this is the place.

Open daily, 12:00 pm-11:00 pm. Book Now.

2. Cafes in and around Khao Lak

Ocean Man Cafe in Khao Lak
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Ocean Man Café

Ocean Man, is a chill little cafe with a beautiful sea view in Khao Lak. The front is decorated with red brick arranged in a curved shape with different heights, inspired by the shape of the ocean waves. The shop provides homemade baked goods, a wide range of drinkables and other foods. You can’t go wrong with the Matcha Latte and Cheesecake! The menu here uses mostly local ingredients.

Open daily,  9:00 am–6:00 pm.

Garang Artisanal Ice Cream in Khao Lak
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Garang Artisan Ice Cream

Garang Artisan Ice Cream is a cute café in Khao Lak with good atmosphere, delicious desserts and sea views. The facade is decorated in attractive white and orange tones and faces the sea, offering a picturesque vista. The shop offers more than 70 flavors of classic and rare homemade ice cream, as well as other desserts and local specialties. A big bonus is the large skating rink outside (bring your own skates).

Open 10:00 am–6:30 pm (Mon–Thurs) and 10:00 am–7:00 pm (Fri-Sun).

Kopi Kuapa Cafe in Takuapa
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Kopi Kuapa Café

This coffee shop in the old town of Takuapa, just north of Khao Lak, is in a renovated 100-year-old house with artsy seating outside and inside at the Chinese teahouse. The upper floor is arranged as a meeting room in vintage style. Recommended are coffees like Kopi Guo Pa or the old fashioned Kopi Or. There are famous local snacks from Takuapa and fusion desserts, such as tofu ice cream and echo ice cream.  

Open daily, 8:00 am–8:00 pm.

Soul Friend & Spiritual Garden in Khao Lak
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Soul Friend & Spiritual Garden

Self described as a “Psychedelic & Mindfulness Bookshop”, Soul Friend & Spiritual Garden is a welcome addition to the Khao Lak neighborhood. Opening in October 2022, it features a collection of books focusing on mindfulness, religion, philosophy, and history. Books can be found in both Thai and English languages. In addition to books, visitors can also partake of a very nice selection of drinks with matcha, cacao or cannabis. Community events are also organized including sound therapy sessions, breathwork, meditation, readings, and yoga.

Open Wed-Mon (closed on Tue), 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

3. Golf Courses Near Khao Lak

Tublamu Navy Golf Course near Khao Lak
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Tublamu Navy Golf Course

The Phang Nga Navy Base, located at the southern end of Khao Lak, offers an 18-Hole, 72 Par seaside fairway with equipment, carts and caddy service for rent and is fairly inexpensive. It is known as one of the most beautiful golf courses in Thailand allowing you to enjoy the inspiring scenery of Son Ngam Beach. However, it is also a challenging course where you can develop your skills, with a driving range and a club house with facilities for friends and family.

Tublamu Navy Golf Course is located in Muang District, Phang Nga province, a 45-minute drive north of Phuket Airport and only a 10-20 minute drive from most hotels in Khao Lak.

Open daily, 6:30 am–6:30 pm. More info.

Kirinara Golf Course near Khao Lak
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Kirinara Golf Course

This 9-hole 36 par course is only 25 minutes from Khao Lak. In Japanese, ‘Kiri’ means mountain, while ‘Nara’ refers to water or prosperity; thus ‘Kirinara’ perfectly describes the scenery. Its Japanese design offers natural beauty and plenty of challenges, suitable for every level of skill. A natural stream flowing down from the mountain, supplies the course’s water.  

Open daily, 7:30 am–5:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on Sundays). More info.

Hole 11 at Aquella Golf and Country Club in Phang Nga
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Aquella Golf and Country Club

Along the Andaman Sea coastline in Thai Muang, Phang Nga province, Aquella Golf & Country Club is a luxury destination for golf, in the midst of breathtaking nature and 2.5 km of private beach. The championship level 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and spa sits in an unequaled modern lifestyle hub where luxury, service and comfort come together.

Aquella Golf and Country Club is located 25 minutes north of Phuket International Airport and about 40 minutes south of Khao Lak.

Open daily, 6:30 am–8:30 pm. More info.

4. Surfing in Khao Lak Beaches

Surfing lessons at Memories Beach in Khao Lak

Khao Lak has you covered if you’re planning to catch some waves during your holiday. The best spot for surfing in Khao Lak is Memories Beach and the best waves of the year are coming in from May to October You can bring your own surfboard or sign-up for lessons.

5. Day Trips From Khao Lak

Khao Sok National Park near Khao Lak
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Khao Sok and Ratchaprapha Dam

Khao Sok National Park is a nature reserve in southern Thailand. It is known for containing dense virgin jungle and stunning limestone towers called karst formations. It’s main attraction however is Ratchaprapha Dam and the lake it forms, Cheow Lan Lake. Khao Sok is home to rare species such as the giant parasitic Rafflesia flower, hornbill birds, gibbons and even tigers. The park can be explored on an elephant-back safari, along hiking trails, or by raft, canoe or kayaking on the Sok river.

Khao Sok and Ratchaprapha Dam are located 1.5 hours away from Khao Lak.  

Open daily, 7:00 am–7:00 pm.

Chong Fah Waterfall near Khao Lak
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Chong Fah Waterfall

This beautiful and pristine spot is located within the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park of Takua Pa District, in Phang Nga Province. The waterfall has 7 tiers, with different aspects of beauty at each level. It falls down a steep cliff into a basin below where you can swim and relax. It’s a marvelous place for hiking and enjoying nature, at its best probably in December and January every year.

Viewpoint at Samet Nangshe in Phang Nga
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Samet Nangshe

Samet Nangshe is a series of breathtaking viewpoints in Phang Nga Province. Visitors look over a large mangrove forest veined with rivers and streams while in the background there are limestone karst formations jutting from the calm waters of Phang Nga Bay. Some say that Samet Nangshe is the most beautiful panorama in Thailand. Visitors are able to stay in tents or bungalows rented there to catch the magnificent sunrise. Samet Nangshe is about 2 hours from Phuket and Khao Lak.



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