Khao Lak

Any guide book on Khao Lak will tell you that this area, a region which has about 40km of sandy beaches, is one of the most beautiful and attractive tourist destinations in Thailand. You will not find disruptive or intrusive jet skis and sex tourism here.

Khao Lak and the surrounding area is still growing as a tourist destination. Tourism here is still in its infancy; however, Khao Lak continues to retain its original rustic charm. Typical Thai family restaurants line the main street and it’s still possible to stroll through Khao Lak (La Own) in only 20 minutes and you will have seen everything. Originally people earned their income here from fishing, palm oil and rubber tree plantations, and before that the area was wealthy due to the tin mining industry, an important part of this area’s history.

Khao Lak is divided into beaches; each beach has it‚ own unique qualities and charms, with or without development.


getting to Khao Lak is easy and convenient. Here are a few ways to get there:

By plane:

The nearest airport to Khao Lak is Phuket International Airport, which is located about 80 kilometers away. From here, you can take a taxi or a bus to Khao Lak.

By bus:

There are several buses that run between Bangkok and Khao Lak, with the journey taking around 12 hours. This is a budget-friendly option, but it can be a bit long and tiring.

By car:

If you’re planning to rent a car, you can drive from Bangkok to Khao Lak, taking the highway to Chumphon and then turning onto Route 4 to get to Khao Lak. The journey takes around 11 hours.

By train: You can take a train from Bangkok to Surat Thani and then take a bus or taxi to Khao Lak. The journey takes around 14 hours.

No matter how you choose to get to Khao Lak, you’re sure to enjoy all that this beautiful destination has to offer. From its white sandy beaches to its lush rainforests and vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone in Khao Lak.

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Khao Lak offers a wide variety of things to do for visitors of all ages and interests. From relaxing on the beautiful beaches to exploring the lush rainforests and taking part in exciting outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone in Khao Lak. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or an adventure-filled trip, Khao Lak has something to offer. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the top things to do in Khao Lak, including the best beaches, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences.

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Khao Lak, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With miles of white sandy shores, crystal clear waters and a variety of water activities, Khao Lak beaches offer the perfect setting for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation. Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot to sunbathe or a lively area with plenty of water sports, you’ll find it all in Khao Lak. Some of the most popular beaches in Khao Lak include Nang Thong Beach, Pak Weep Beach, and Khao Lak Beach. Each one offers a unique experience and is a must-visit for beach lovers.

Khao Lak South beach


Khao Lak South Beach is located at the Southern end of the Khao Lak Lamru National park. With a length of about 2km it is the shortest of Khao Lak’s‚ beaches. Khao Lak South Beach is the one with the most tropical atmosphere, located in the middle of large granite rocks, tall shady casuarina trees and other huge tropical flora and fauna. It is nestled beneath the mountains and National Park and is idea for a quieter beach spot; not many tourists walk along here, but you can still find the odd massage hut to give you a ‘Head, Neck and Shoulders’ after your stroll along the sand.
The only hotels located here are the Merlin Hotel, Emerald Hotel, Diamond Hotel and The Briza Hotel. This is a small, but perfectly adequate, tourist area. It has all necessary amenities to hand: two ATMs, a currency exchange desk, a few small supermarkets, souvenir shops, opticians, tailors and a dozen or so restaurants and bars.


Sunset Beach is located just after the Khao Lak Lamru National park. The hotels that line this beach are Sunset Hotel, Palm Beach Hotel, Bayfront Resort, Paradise Resort, Khao Lak Resort Hotel and Wanaburee.
All the hotels along here are on Highway 4 among jungle trees and perched on the slope of the mountain, within the lush vegetation of the rainforest. Sunset Beach has restaurants, bars, supermarkets and small in-house tailors that are provided by the hotels, but Khao Lak centre is within walking distance for more retail choices.

Khao Lak Sunset beach
Nang Thong beach


Nang Thong Beach is the tourist centre of Khao Lak. The beach is golden yellow, with sporadic granite rock protrusions and large casuarina trees and coconut palms around the edges. It is a wide beach, with a background of tropical trees on the mountain slopes. It is a perfect place for walks and has the best facilities of all the beaches. There are many supermarkets, typical Thai family restaurants, pubs, bars for every taste, banks, exchange bureaus, tailors, souvenir shops, opticians, photo shops, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, book stores, street vendors, and many diving schools.
There are some hotels here, such as Laguna Hotel, Baan Khao Lak Hotel, Seaview Hotel, Golden Place Hotel, Suwan Palm Resort, Countryside Hotel, Green Beach Resort, Nangthong1 Hotel, NangThong2 Resort, Oriental Hotel, Bhandari Hotel, Ocean Breeze Hotel as well as some small bungalows.


Bang Niang Beach is the next small village north of Khao Lak (La Own), about 5-10 minutes drive away. The beach of Bang Niang is not as broad as that of Nang Thong or Sunset, but it does have a very good selection of hotels such as Chong Fah Resort, La Flora Hotel, Ramada Resort, Khaolak Resort, Sudala Hotel, Ayara Villas, Casa De La Flora and many more.
There are plenty of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, ATMs, exchange bureaus, massage parlours, opticians and tailors here. In particular, there is an interesting market in Bang Niang on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays in the afternoon. Other places of interest in Bang Niang are an impressive tsunami museum and across from the market you can find a police boat that was washed inshore by the 2004 tsunami.

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Khuk Khak Beach is very long; it reaches from Bang Niang to Pakarang. It is quite wide and there are often lagoons or rivers that you will need to cross if you are walking along here. There are a few hotels in Khuk Khak, including the JW Marriott, Orchid and Andamania, each is several hundred meters apart from the next, all spaced at a comfortable distance.
Except for a few beach restaurants and massage huts, there are only a couple of supermarkets along the highway here, but Khao Lak centre is just 10 minutes away in a taxi. Khuk Khak Beach is quiet, but one of the most beautiful places to take a long walk.


The scenery of Pakarang Beach is truly impressive, with lush tropical forest and mountains providing a scenic backdrop to the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. The beach itself is long and wide, making it perfect for sunbathing, swimming and long walks.

One of the main draws of Pakarang beach is its surf. The beach is known for its consistent waves, making it a popular spot for both beginner and experienced surfers. The beach is also home to several surf schools, offering lessons and rentals for those looking to try their hand at the sport.

In addition to its natural beauty and surf opportunities, Pakarang beach also offers a variety of restaurants, bars, and shops, ensuring that visitors have plenty of options for food and entertainment.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day in the sun, a challenging surf session, or an opportunity to explore the local culture, Pakarang beach has something for everyone. So if you’re planning a trip to Thailand, be sure to add this hidden gem to your itinerary.

Pakarang beach
Bang Sak Beach


Pak Weep and Bangsak Beaches are the quietest and least developed sections in Khao Lak. Bangsak has a promenade with some typical Thai restaurants; on weekends you will see these eateries full of Thais on their day off. They come to Bangsak beach restaurants with friends and family to relax and enjoy the local fresh seafood.
The Le Meridien Hotel, Kantari Hotel and Sarojin Hotel are all on Pakweep Beach, many believe this is the best beach of the lot, take a look for yourself to see if you agree! Bangsak Beach is a little further north, here you will find the Royal Bangsak Resort, Bangsak Village Hotel and the Haadson Hotel.


The island of Koh Kho Khao is located approximately 30 minutes from Khao Lak, Nang Thong, and is only about 100 meters from the mainland. The trip over takes about 10 minutes; you can go by traditional longtail boats or there are even car ferries for vehicles. On Koh Kho Khao are the Andaman Princess Resort, Koh Kho Khao Island Hotel, The KIB Resort, Takola Hotel, Koh Kho Khao Island Beach Hotel, Amandara Resort and many more.
The island has over 16 km of almost unspoilt sandy beaches and is appromimately 15 km long and about 7 km wide.To the east there is an extensive mangrove forest area and in other areas casuarinas and coconut trees line the wide, secluded sandy beaches.There is only one ATM at the harbour and a few restaurants; this is a place suitable for those seeking tranquillity and for beach walkers looking for that Robinson Crusoe feeling, which is guaranteed.

Koh Kho Khao Island


Takuapa is the oldest city on the west coast of Thailand. Sitting approximately 35 km north of Khao Lak, it is the nearest large city and is famous for its tin mines.
In the old town you can see the beautiful Chinese temple and a few fragments of the ancient city wall.The city has some very good restaurants, and you can visit the original market town with its Sino-Portuguese architectural style.

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