Welcome to Khao Lak Accommodation
Khao Lak is the name of a seaside town in Thailand about 60 km north of the famous resort area of Phuket. It is situated on the eastern Andaman Sea side of Thailand in the Phang-Nga Province. Care must be taken because 'Khao Lak' is often used to refer to several beaches near Khao Lak, and Phang-Nga is both the name of a province and the main town in the province.
Khao Lak is famous for its unspoiled and family friendly beaches as well as being the departure point for liveaboard dive trips to the Similan and Surin Islands. Many people prefer Khao Lak as it offers great beaches, good quality accommodation at better prices and avoids the excesses of Phuket night life. Khao Lak is also easy to get to as it is close to Phuket airport.
It is a little bity confusing to talk of Khao Lak as a 'town': rather it is a series of picturesque beaches along the coast each with its own facilities and character. Nang Tong or Khao Lak town (also called Bang La On) is commonly thought of as the 'center' of Khao Lak as it contains the most shops, banks, bars etc. Bang Niang is the second biggest urban center in Khao Lak.
All the beaches of Khao Lak are accessed via the Phetkasem Road (Thai Route 4). In the north there is Bang Sak. Half way down is Khuk Kak. In the south is Nang Tong Beach. Off the coast are a series of islands that are collectively called the Similan Islands. In the north separated by an estuary is Koh Kho Khao. To the south east of Khao Lak is Phang-Nga Bay which is home to thousands of limestone mountains (or karsts). Please refer to the map to get a better idea about the layout of Khao Lak.
Adventure in Khao Lak - Similan Islands and Khao Lak Lamru National Park
Along with its pristine beaches the area around Khao Lak has some great adventure opportunities. The two principal activities are diving around the Similan Islands and visiting Khao Lak Lamru National Park. There several dive companies that do liveabroad tours of the islands for both beginners and qualified divers. The Similan Islands are rated in the Top 10 Dive destinations in the World by the National Geographic Society.
Khao Lak Lamru National Park covers a 30 km stretch of the Andaman coast. It is an area rich in biodiversity and is great for hiking. There are also a number of waterfalls to visit. For more information about both the park and the Similan islands click on the links on the right.
Other Possible Excursions and Activities
From the Phang-Nga / Khao Lak area there are excellent transport connections to several places of interest. Phuket is only an hour away. Between Phuket and Khao Lak is Phang-Nga Bay that is often compared to Halong Bay in Vietnam because of its limestone islands.
In Phang-Nga Bay there are 42 islands and islets to explore. The area is covered in karst mountains, caves, grottoes and hidden beaches. Canoe / kayak trips around the bizzare limestone formations of the islands is a popular activity. Also in this area is the famous 'James Bond Island', Money Cave Temple and Floating Island (Koh Panyi).
To the north and inland from Khao Lak is Khao Sok National Park in Suratthani Province. It is a very old rainforest that features, tigers, elephants, deer, macaque monkeys and gibbons. See the National Park section.
For those keen on surfing, Khao Lak has a few spots worth checking out. There are 3 breaks on Pakarang Beach. There are also a few beach breaks on Khao Lak / Nang Tong Beach. It's possible to rent boards for about 300 THB per hour.
Khao Lak is in the Phang-Nga Province. There are several beautiful beaches in the Phang-Nga area between Khao Lak and Phuket. These include Natai Beach, Kuraburi and Pilai Beach. They have the same golden sands as the beaches of Khao Lak.
Phang-Nga Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is famous for Koh Tapu, otherwise known as 'James Bond Island'. There is an iconic 20 meter high karst rock towering out of the water at Koh Tapu that was used for a scene in the 1974 film 'The Man with the Golden Gun'.
Also of interest in Phang-Nga Bay are Suwankuha Temple / Wat Tam (Monkey Cave Temple) and Panyi Island (Floating Muslim Island )
Khao Lak is easy to get around. For those with plenty of time it is possible to walk between several of the beaches. Khao Lak is served by the north-south route 4. On this road you can pick up buses and Songthaews to take you up and down the coast. For more information about getting around Khao Lak and getting to and from Khao Lak visit the travel section.
Prices to stay in Khao Lak and the other Phang-Nga beaches covered by this website range from about $20 a night to about $300 a night. There are a few budget places to stay such as Khao Lak Youth Club in Nang Tong. There are also a few expensive hotels and resorts to stay in.
However, most of the accommodation in the Khao Lak area is in the mid-range. Resorts in Khao Lak typically offer air-con, hot water showers, satellite TV and a communal swimming pool. Many of the resorts in Khao Lak are family oriented. Phuket rather than Khao Lak is the place for young people who want to party.
Use the links in the left hand menu to explore the accommodation options on the various beaches in Khao Lak and Phang-Nga. Use the map to learn more about where the beaches are. Check out the galleries to find out just how beautiful the Khao Lak area is.
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