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Khao Lak Attractions

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The second most populous beach, Bang Niang, like Nang Thong, is still nowhere near crowded. A few longtails putter about in the sea, a small assembly of resorts overlook the beach, and basic-but-cheap Thai restaurants and massage huts – with paradise-perfect views – perch on the small sand hill that slopes down to meet the incoming surf. Read More...

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Woods and waves come together at the southernmost beach in Khao Lak. Quite possibly the area’s most shaded stretch of sand, stately trees line the edge of the beach, their branches reaching for the sea. A headland, impassable on foot, blocks this beach from it’s neighbours to the north, resulting in periods of absolute vacancy.

Please note that there are no beach chairs for rent, no wandering vendors, and not much nearby but a few resorts. Read More...

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Khao Lak/ Lamru National Park

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One of the many national parks in the province of Phang-Nga, Khao Lak/Lamru covers a total area of 125sqm along the west shoreline. It includes parts of Thai Muang, Kapong, Takua Pa, and Phang-Nga Town districts, about 33 kms south of Takua Pa Town on Route 4.

The park offers a myriad of sightseeing opportunities for nature lovers, harbouring lots of exotic plants and wildlife amidst landscape that includes beaches, hills, mountains, forested valleys, mangroves and estuaries.

One of the park's many points of interest is Kao Lak mountain, situated beside the sea with a Chinese temple dedicated to the wizard of the mountain. The temple lies close to Thai Muang district.

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Khao Sok is a 739 km² national park located about 50km northeast of Khao Lak. Belonging to the Province of Surat Thani it is a low mountainous area (the highest point is at 950m) covered by the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world. The central area of Khao Sok National Park hosts one of the most impressive sites in southern Thailand: the man-made Cheow Lan Lake contained by Ratchaprapha Dam. Read More...

  • How to get there: The best way to get there is to book a day or overnight trip in Khao Sok at any tour agent around Khao Lak. The most popular excursions feature canoeing on Khao Sok River, cruising on Cheow Lan Lake, elephant trekking in the jungle, and hiking in the rain forest. A few hotels are located right next to the park, some of them even feature rooms in the trees.
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Khuk Khak Beach

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Khuk Khak Beach, with only a couple resorts tucked among the pine trees and palm groves, marks the end of civilization and the beginning of endless stretches of near-nothingness.

Following the signs from Khuk Khak Village to the beach of the same name, jump off the main road on any trail that leads to toward the water and enjoy the tranquility of isolation. Here, you’re more likely to encounter local fisherman going about their business than other travelers.

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Koh Phayam is the most popular destination in the Province of Ranong. Located 200km north of Khao Lak, it is the perfect getaway to those looking for a destination off the beaten track. Featuring two main beaches, Ao Yai (Long Bay) to the southwest and Ao Khao Kwai (Buffalo Bay) to the northwest, this 50 km² island that counts only around 500 inhabitants, offers its visitors a travel-back-in-time experience. Read More...

  • How to get there: Ferries (slow boat) depart at 09:30 and 14:00 from Ranong pier.
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Koh Phra Thong (Golden Buddha Island in Thai) is an 88 km² island located about 40km north of Khao Lak. As with most islands along Phang Nga and Ranong provinces’ coast, it features three main styles of landscape: mangrove forest to its eastern coast, white sand beaches and rocky islets to its western coast and, unique in Thailand, the central area of island has all the characteristics of an African savanna; you’d almost expect to see zebras, giraffes and lion wandering around! Read More...

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Koh Tachai is a small island – just 12 km² – located 50km west of Phang Nga coast. Belonging to Mu Koh Similan National Park, it has been preserved for centuries from any human intervention due to its remote location, at least until early 21st century. Offering outstanding underwater landscapes – Tachai Pinnacle is the most famous dive spots around – it became a must-stop place on the journey of scuba diving live-aboard boats heading to Richelieu Rock from the Similan Islands (Koh Tachai is situated right in the middle of these two world-famous dive spots). Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From November to April
  • Location: In Mu Koh Similan Marine National Park, Phang Nga Province
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Lampi Waterfall

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Lampi is situated about 30 minutes south of Khao Lak just off Highway 4 at the Km 33 sign. A very nice, three-level waterfall, best viewed in the early morning or late afternoon, the falls are only a short walk from the car park, providing easy access for all. By the car park you’ll find a café/restaurant as well as a rudimentary souvenir shop. The water at the fall is deep and affords swimming in a shady spot so expect a few people.

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Lamru National Park Headquarters

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The headquarters of the Lamru National park are located some 50 metres off Highway 4, on the headland of Leam Hin Chang, immediately south of Khao Lak.

On entering the grounds you’ll have a few choices of what to do: to the left is a path leading down to a viewpoint and eventually to a small sandy beach, ‘Lek’ (small) Beach. It’s quite a walk and you should be prepared with lots of drinking water, insect repellent and good shoes but you’ll be rewarded by the beach’s beautiful coral and delicious seclusion.

For the more sedate you’ll be glad to know that a restaurant with truly stunning hillside views out over the Andaman Sea lies only a few metres from the main gate. In actual fact, this is a tiny part of the 125 sq km park so there’s a lot more to explore inland if you want to make a go of it.

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The most peopled beach is by no means crowded; that adjective is laughable in Khao Lak. The half-dozen resorts that front the beach explain the presence of people, and the sea view pools at those resorts explain why most guests don’t quite make it all the way to the sand. Check out the Nang Thong’s hotel restaurants for late afternoon drinks under the massive canopy of orange sky. Read More...

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Pakarang Cape

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While nobody actually calls Pakarang Cape the Horn of Khao Lak, they could. Jutting into the sea, it provides a great vantage point to view the beaches to both the north and south.

Sparsely treed and littered with shells and broken coral, it’s not the most sun-bather-friendly, but it’s definitely interesting, easily accessed by car or motorbike, and amazingly unpopulated.

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Pakweeb Beach

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Some of Khao Laks most sumptuous resorts are spread out on Pakweeb (pronounce Pakweep) Beach’s several kilometers worth of prime coastline, and for good reason.

The beach is lovely, though it may take a moment to realize what sets this beach apart. National park status means no motorboats; a fact so refreshing you’ll be hard pressed to find a more peaceful location. As an added bonus, resorts here know how important a clean beach is, and go to great lengths to keep the sand in tip-top shape.

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Pakweep (Sai Rung) Waterfall

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This is the most immediately accessible waterfall to Khao Lak and is situated just north of Bang Niang. Locals also call it the Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall and it’s a charming and refreshingly cool spot to spend time at and unsurprisingly the nearby Sarojin Resort offers its guests the choice of a picnic meal (albeit a gourmet one) here. The fall is located close to the car park, making access easy for the visually impaired or elderly. Admission free.

  • Location: Turn at the sign saying ‘Rainbow Waterfall’ 10km north of Bang Niang (just after Le Meridien Khao Lak) and take another right one kilometre along the road
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Phang Nga Bay is certainly the crown of all the must-visit sites in the province of Phang Nga, to which Khao Lak belongs. Located roughly a one-hour drive south of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Bay is a Marine National Park that covers 400sqkm. Similar to (though smaller than) Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Phang Nga Bay features 42 islands in the form of tall limestone cliffs pierced by caves and tunnels, towering out of the emerald waters of the bay. Read More...

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This group of rocks and islands lies 90 minutes by speedboat off the coast of Phang-Nga, or eight or more hours by slow boat from Phuket. The area was declared a marine national park in 1982 and consequently remains largely undeveloped. Derived from the Malay term sembilan, meaning 'nine', Similan refers to the nine main islands in the group. Read More...

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Surin Islands are located about 60 km off the west coast of Phang-Nga Province, well known for diving, snorkelling and hiking in the surrounds of what is designated national park area. Of the five islands that make up the group, Koh Surin Neua (north island) and Koh Surin Tai (south island) are the principal islands - lying just across a small bay from each other, and where basic bungalow style accommodation and camping grounds can be found for overnight visits. Read More...

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Thai Muang National Park

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Formerly the site for tin mining activities, the area covered by the park comprises 45,000 rai, and is 25 kms from Khao Lak via highway 4 on the way down to Phuket.

Several points of interest lie within the park including Lumpee Falls, Tohn Prai Falls, and Hat Thai Muang, or Turtle Beach. Phang-Nga Province has an annual 7-day Turtle Releasing Festival in March. Turtles raised by the Fisheries Dept. are released by festival participants into the sea at Thai Muang.

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Ton Chong Fa Waterfall

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This waterfall is located seven kilometres off the main road at Bang Niang and be warned, it’s a steep and hard trek along an uneven track from the car park to the actual fall. Thankfully the surrounding forest lends a lot of shade. The five-level waterfall’s final drop has a good pool and swimming is possible, although care should be taken.

  • Location: Seven kilometres off Highway 4 at Bang Niang
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Ton Prai Waterfall

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This is a three-pronged waterfall reached by a challenging, 650-metre trek through the jungle on a trail with helpful and informative signage along the way. Visitors negotiate their way over roots, bamboo ‘bridges’, stones and concrete paths along the way. This route is quieter than its northern cousin but the car park itself is sometimes used as scouts and girl guides’ camping grounds. It’s quite a drive up the hill from Highway 4 but definitely worth it. The trek is best negotiated in dry season.

  • Location: Off Highway 4, 35 minutes south of Khao Lak
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