Gorgeous Khao Lak is defined by untouched beaches, crystal waters, and warm waves gently lapping on the shore.
The unspoiled natural beauty of Khao Lak is ideal for those put off by the built up resorts of Phuket, and acts as a reminder of what Southern Thailand was like before the rest of the world began to discover its jewels.Small resorts and bungalows melt into the coastline, offering visitors quality dining and accommodation options. Khao Lak is surrounded by raw jungle and National Parks, providing a striking backdrop for the pristine, powdery sands.
A coconut tree-fringed trail of beaches runs all the way up to Bang Sak, creating the perfect haven for beachcombers seeking blissful sands. The area is a popular departure point for scuba diving trips out at the Similan Islands. Immediately identifiable by the huge boulders that cover the western and southern shores, the Similan Islands are a diver’s paradise, and the colourful reefs, corals and underwater caves make this one of the most interesting dive sites in the world.
Pak Weeb is widely considered as the best beach in Khao Lak’s impressive armoury. Luxurious hotels and beach restaurants border the sands, overlooking the gentle waters. Inland, visitors can spend a carefree afternoon at one of the area’s inviting waterfalls.
Days in Khao Lak are lazy. If you can drag yourself away from the heavenly waters, aim to take a trip to the Khao Sak National Park, home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, yawning valleys, glistening lakes and soaring limestone peaks. Here you can kayak on the Sok River or spend a night in one of the adorable floating bungalows on the lake.
If you want to discover the raw, natural beauty of Thailand but with all the refined luxuries of a high-end trip, look no further than the wonderful Khao Lak.
14 hours 45 minutes
Best Time To Go
December to March
The Khao Lak weather is split into two seasons, the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to October. The most popular time to visit is during the dry season, particularly at Christmas and New Year. Although there is still sunshine during the wet season and these days many restaurants, bars and shops remain open, sun bathing and swimming is not great during this period, so beach lovers are advised to visit during the winter months.