Updated: Sep 16
On our travels in Thailand we decided to return to Khao Lak, it held lots of amazing memories for us and is a very family friendly destination as it is very tourist-orientated with lots of local amenities, great beaches and fantastic resorts. Khao Lak is a series of villages, and in 2004 it was essentially erased by the tsunami, It remains quieter than its Neighbour Phuket but if you are looking for a relaxing family vacay then its definatly worth a thought!
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Similian Islands - A national park in the Andaman Sea, best reached from Khao Lak. If you are interested in diving then this is the place to be. You can book a tour for either snorkelling, diving or just a boat ride, take your camera and be prepared to see some of the most amazing wildlife, we dived here with manta rays, leopard sharks and turtles.
Tsunami Museum - A visit to the the International Tsunami Museum is a must when visiting Khao Lak, it helps to put everything into perspective of the place you are staying and your entrance fee (100 baht) and any merchandise brought contributes to the local community most of the benefits are donated to the victims of this catastrophe. You can finish a self guided tour in around 30 minutes so great for children in tow.
Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery - Take your passport as its in an army base so they wont let you in without and its 30 baht entrance, a great place for all ages you can feed the baby turtles and learn about how they are releasing them back to the wild.
Khao Sok - Nestled in the jungle surrounding Khao Lak this is hands down our favourite place in Thailand, I would highly recommend staying here a night or two if your itinerary allows. You can stay in bamboo huts in the trees with monkeys running around causing mischief and even take an overnight trip on the chiew larn lake to sleep in a floating hut and spend the dawn searching for gibbons.
Where To Stay
For a convenient location and easy beach access I would recommend the Seaview Resort Khao Lak it is set on Nang Thong Beach, an extensive stretch of fine sands framed by the emerald blue waters of the Andaman Sea and against a verdant mountainous background. A short stroll from the main street for all your restaurants, shops and amenities this is a great family choice.
There is no dress code for Khao Lak, it is a beach town so you will always see people in swimmers walking around.
When to visit
Khao Lak benefits from being warm all year round with an average daily temperature of 28⁰C-29⁰C. Dry season in Khao Lak is between November and February when the climate is drier and slightly cooler, making this the best time to visit for sunshine, water activities and beach weather. May to October is still very warm however it is the wet season so rain is a common sight.
Flying to Khao Lak
The closest airport and easiest way to access Khao Lak is to use Phuket International. It is one and half/two hours drive from the airport, outside the airport they offer shared minibuses which are nice and cheap and once full it will depart, you can also use a taxi or book a transfer.
Food & drink
There are restaurants galore in Khao Lak, everything from traditional Thai to Italian and even a McDonald so you wont be short of choice. A massive recommendation is to look out for the fruit shake stalls! The press pretty much any fruit you can imagine mixed with loads of ice and makes the most refreshing fruit frappe.