Khao Lak lies in the Takuapa district of Phang-nga Province, a seaside province with an extraordinary view, both on shore and underwater. Khao Lak is located about 50 kilometres north of Phuket Island on the mainland. It is an area, where the lowlands, that extend behind the coast, disappear and the rain forest covered mountains are reaching the sea shore. This area was declared a national park some years ago. After passing this rocky headland, the beaches of Khaolak start, that stretch for about 20 kms northward to the old tin mining town of Takuapa. A land of tin mines and fantastic beaches, the marjority of the region is mountainous with very limted basin area, 57% of which is mangrove and evergree forest.
Khao Lak itself is a national park area, resplendent with rich natural attractions and a convenient departure point to a number of Phang-nga's many points of interest including the famous Similan Islands and Surin Islands. If you a newcomer for this area, you will be offered beaches, jungle covered moutains, forested valleys, mangroves and estuaries. Khao Lak grew with divers discovering it as a jumpstart to one of the world's most popular dive spots, namely Similand Islands. You must not miss if you trave during Nov to Apr. Weather is good, tide is clam, water looks crystalized.
The Khao Lak - Lam Ru national park is located in the western coast of Andaman sea, let it get an influence of southwestern monsoon wind and northeastern monsoon wind which induce to have raining for almost all year round. It's two seasons, hot season starting from January till April and raining season starting from May till December which would have a lot of rainfall. Weather is warm all the year round. Good time to visit is during Nov to Apr. Average temperature is around 75F - 89F (24C - 32C). June-Aug is less hot, and though the weather is generally fine, there can be brief but heavy showers, with plenty of shunshine between downpours. Temperatures range between 70F-90F (20C- 33C). Khao Lak is enjoyable at any time of year however its best to avoid rain as most activities and excursions, both water-and land-based are better enjoyed without it.
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In the old days, most tourists visited Khao Lak as a jumpstart to the popular diving spots of Similand and Surin Islands. Today, it 'sn't this reason anymore. Khao Lak itself has gained quite a reputation as a very pristine and picturesque place.
Similan is rated one of the world's top ten diving destinations! At least one trip, for visitors who come to Khao Lak must go to the nine islands about 80 kms off the coast of Khao Lak. In fact, most people continue to return to visit this fabulous destination for years! Even you are not a diver, the islands are worth for a visit. Their beauty above water is as magnificent.
In recent years, the number of resorts along the coast increases up to 50, offering a choice for everybody's taste from simple bungalows and a wide choice of middle-class bungalows and hotels to some properties in the 5-star category. Local laws do not permit buildings, that are higher than the coconut palms, a law protecting Khao Lak from th e negative impacts of tourism so far
As named from a national park (Khao Lak-Lam Ru). The park was declared a national park in August 1991. It occupies a vast area of 150 sq.km and covers Amphoe Thai Muang, Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Takua Pa and Amphoe Muang. Khao Lak is becoming increasingly popular, mainly with European visitors. It's easy to reach, quite and, as yet, not overdeveloped. It is something like Phuket's past 20 years. You can walk northward along the sadn for many kilometres, almost as far as Bang Sak beach.
Khao Lak Beach
It might not be an island, but with miles of unspoiled beaches unfurling in front you, Khao Lak has all the best parts of a deserted island escape – without the high costs or sacrificed material pleasures.
The chance to pack a picnic and find a your own plot of paradise – just the crash of the waves, a few scurrying crab, and that special someone – is very much a reality. While each beach has ample supplies of the ‘big three’ – sun, sand, and surf – they also have minor differences in personality.
We’ve done the tough work of inspecting every last one, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing the same; second opinions are always valuable in matters of extreme importance.
located on the Takua Pa - Khao Lak route. Diving from Takua Pa town on Phetchkasem Road, the cape will be on the right, another 5 kms down the side road. It is a sandy beach piled with deer coral washed up on the beach by strong waves - thus giving the beach its name. The beach is blessed with groves of pine, making it ideal for camping and relaxation.
Khuk Kak Beach
Located the south of Laem Pakarang. It is another quite beach and less of visitors as contradict with its name (means "crowded"). It is good to walking, sight-seeing, south of the beach is a canal. When the tide is low, we can acrose the canal.
Bang Niang Beach
Located at the middle of Khao Lak area, between Khuk Kak and Nathong Beach, there is many routes to the beach. Similar to Khuk Kak beach, but more pretty curve.The fine golden sand is free from rocks, stones or coral. Just a few sea shells are swept ashore during the high tide -- a nice gift to be found in the morning. Swimming is possible any time of the day, during low or high tide. Most of the time the water is not very clear due to the fine sediments that are moved by the waves.
The beach is wide at low tide, but only 5 to 10 yards at the height of the high tide. Near the mouth of the Bang Niang River picturesque rocky outcrops make a beautiful backdrop at sunset.
Nang Thong Beach
Located in south part of Khao Lak area, south of Bang Niang Beach.The sandy beach is separated into several sections by rocky bands stretching out into the sea. The southern part is the centre of Khao Lak, where the first bungalows were built in the late Eighties. Today, it is the most developed area of Khao Lak offering a wide choice of restaurants, travel offices, dive shops, tailors and film developing. Most of these enterprises are located along highway No 4, that is 200-600 metres away from the coast and can easily reached by walking.
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
located on the Takua Pa - Khao Lak route like Laem Pakarang. Driving from Takua Pa town, the waterfall is on the left, a right turn and going for another 5 kms. The cascade runs all year round and the surroundings are blissfully calm and cool under the trees' shade. The waterfall originates from the Bang Niang Canal and is a large beautiful waterfall with 5 levels.
Bang Sak Beach
North of Khao Lak beach in Tambon Bang Muang, this beach does not match that of Khal Lak, though it features a long strip of fine white sand shaded by casuarina trees. A popular spot for picnics with locals, there are a number of seafood stalls set up and limited accommodation available. Its key characteristics are: white sand, clean, long curve beach, not too steep, good to swim. Road is along to the beach, there are many local seafood restuarant with cheap price.
Thai Muang Beach
Thai Muang is about 30 km north of the Sarasin Bridge that crosses to Phuket and 25 km south of Khao Lak. A few km through town, off Route 4, one can find a beautiful combination of beach and golf.
Thai Muang park is something like 20 km of totally protected white sand beach, which stretches and effectively runs parallel to Route 4. A 1.5km side road leads down to the beach. The water is clear and good for swimming.
It is a great beach on which to walk and watch the Andaman and enjoy the peace and quiet of the area and part of that beach runs alongside a Dye Design golf course. The Thai Muang Beach Golf & Marina is in excellent condition, picturesque and looks to be a fair challenge. The clubhouse has full services with locker rooms, club rental and restaurant.
Also known as Turtle Beach, it is especially famous as during the months from November to February., This is one of the only Turtle nesting sites for Leatherback turtles on the West coast of Thailand (the other being Golden Buddha Beach). It's extraordinary to see this much protected land, and yet so very rarely visited.
They also feature a turtle conservation center of dubious credibility with a hatchery and usually a couple of giant old ladies in their pools.
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 releasing festival).
The park is all beach on one side, and then is basically a long peninsula with mangrove swamp on the other side. very protected and very beautiful.
The reef itself is in very good shape and has several great fishes as you can read. We have found that visibility usually never gets more than 12m. There is rarely any current and our greatest finds here are unusual Nudibranchs, Flabellina's and corals. It's suitable for all level of divers.