Hat Khao Lak is a
long pristine beach stretching some eight kilometers,
with a sampling of granite boulders and casuarina pine
trees. It actually represents three smaller
Beach to the southern sector
Thong Beach the mid section
Niang Beach the northern end (includes Chong Fah
Niang coastline has an array of sandy tracks leading to
fairly deserted aspects of this long beach.
The hotel resorts are subtly located close to each of
the three beach spans and offer peace and tranquility in
a natural unspoilt setting,yet with modern luxury.
Hat Khuk Khak
Four kilometers north of Bang Niang, lies the deserted
beach of Khuk Khak, which streches some three
kilometers. This is a tremendous stretch of sand with no
There is however an extremely secluded small
luxury resort facility tucked away nearby. Make a left
turn at km 66 marker at the small village of the same
name, on highway 4, then proceed a further two
Also worth a visit is the quiet sandy beach of Pakarang,
which is set back three kilometers from km marker 69 on
highway 4. During the rainy season, a certain amount of
dead coral gets washed up on the beach - hence it's
Nearby is Laem Pakarang (Coral Cape). This is also
the site of a ship wreck.
This beach is just north of the Laem Pakarang headland,
and runs parallel to km 70 & 71 markers on route 4.
Hat Bang Sak
A further few kilometers north of Patwib lies the
turquoise waters and fine white sand of gently curving
Bang Sak beach, offset by the now familiar casuarina
trees. The beach is situated 1 km off route 4, at
distance marker 76km.
Hat Bang Sak has a slightly isolated Polynesian setting,
and offers good southerly views. There is accomodation
but it is limited and relatively basic.
This area is popular with locals on picnic trips or
visiting the small seafood stalls along the shoreline.
The grilled fish dishes offered here have gained a
reputation comparable to that at Rawai Beach in the
south of Ko Phuket. Even though the beach may not fully
compare with Khao Lak, it is a fun visit, maybe doing as
the locals do.
Secluded Beach, KaoLak Beach (spelt with no 'h') and
Poseidon Beach are small quiet sandy beaches just a few
kilometers South of Khao Lak at km markers 54 and 55.
Geographically they are slightly seperated from the
centre of Khao Lak by the headland (and National Park
Office) of the Khao Lak-Lamru National Park.
Hat Thai Muang
Some 25km south of Khao Lak in the Thai Muang National
Park is the spectacular clean sandy beach of Hat Thai
Muang, which stretches 14km and effectively runs
parallel to Route 4. A 1.5km side road leads down to the
The water is clear and good for swimming.
Also known as Turtle Beach, it is especially famous as
during the months from November to February, sea
turtles, including the leatherback, come ashore to lay
their eggs in the moonlight.
A tradition has developed, called 'turtle walking',
which encompasses both the unobtrusive observing of the
egg laying turtles and, after the hatching period, the
releasing of young turtles into the sea (turtle