hour north of Phuket Island, in mainland Phang Nga
province, Khao Lak is a beautiful area with long, long
stretches of sandy beach fringed by the mountains of the
surrounding national parks. Recently "discovered" it
offers nature lovers an unspoilt landscape of beaches,
jungle covered mountains, forested valleys, mangroves
and estuaries. Development has been careful with
comfortable resorts and bungalows blending into the
scenery along the coastline. A great place to relax.
What to Do...
low-key than, Phuket, it's a place to take it easy, read
a book and get back to nature with a few comforts! Go
for long walks on the beach, take a nature tour and
explore the interior, go sightseeing by elephant, trek
through the jungle or go rafting along the along local
rivers. Eco-Tours leave every day.
Khao Lak is also a great jumping off point in the high
season for a trip to the Similan Islands, renowned for
the superb world class diving to be found there. Located
further north, the Similans are more accessible and day
trips within easy reach.
Locale and Landscape
lies in the Takua-Pa district of Phang-Nga province, in
the south of Thailand. Phang-Nga is situated on the West
Coast facing the Andaman Sea, and lies within 1-2hrs
driving distance of popular tourist destinations such as
Krabi in the east, and Phuket in the south.
A primarily agricultural province, Phang-Nga produces
rubber and food crops such as rice, vegetables and
fruit. A large proportion of the province is still
comprised of forest, much of which is designated
national park area.
Khao Lak itself is a national park area, resplendent with
rich natural attractions, and a convenient departure
point to other of Phang-Nga's many points of interest,
including the famous Similan Islands, and Surin Islands
in neighbouring Ranong Province.
Khao Lak's strong attraction is the beauty of its natural
surroundings -bordering the Andaman Sea on one side, and
surrounded by natural forest on other sides. Offering
peace and tranquility, the area is reminiscent of Phuket
in bygone days, and is the perfect spot to get away from
the razzle and dazzle of more populated areas nearby.