Khao Lak Resort, Travel and Attractions Guide
The resort area of Khao Lak lies in the Takua-Pa district of Phang-Nga province, in the south of Thailand. Phang-Nga is situated on the West Coast facing the Andaman Sea, and lies within 1-2hrs driving distance of popular tourist destinations such as Krabi in the east, and Phuket in the south. A large proportion of the province is still comprised of forest, much of which is designated national park area.
Khao Lak itself is a national park area, abundent with rich natural attractions, and a convenient departure point to the other of Phang-Nga’s many points of interest, including the famous Similan Islands, and Surin Islands.
Khao lak’s strong attraction is the beauty of its natural surroundings -bordering the Andaman Sea on one side, and surrounded by natural forest on other sides. Offering peace and tranquility, the area is reminiscent of Phuket in bygone days, and is the perfect spot to get away from the razzle and dazzle of more populated areas nearby.
There are wide sandy beaches with rocks and coves. The atmosphere is relaxing and suitable for swimming. Its a nice place to admire the setting sun. It is also a location of many hotels and resorts with designs of accommodation and landscapes that blend harmoniously with the seaside ambience: serene and shady with pine trees and coconut groves on the beach.
Khao Lak has made an amazing recovery from the 2004 tsunami and the endless beaches are as lovely and as beautiful as ever. The jungle has reclaimed the Khaolak coastline. There are no high-rise buildings. Khao Lak’s greatest asset now is its pristine, raw jungle, and its clear waters. It’s really beautiful – it’s Thailand untouched by mass tourism – it’s Khaolak.
Many kilometers of the Andaman coastline are casually referred to, and have become known as, Khao Lak. The central hub is however at the village of Ban Bang La On (close to Nang Thong Beach). The “original” Khao Lak beach is actually some five kilometers further south, after the headland where the Khao Lak National Park HQ offices are situated.
In addition to the central hub at Ban La On, there is the less commercial area of Bang Niang village, a couple of kilometers north.
Today, KhaoLak is characterised by kilometers of lovely unspoilt beach coastline, (running north, past the headland, from the original KhaoLak beach), against a lush jungle backdrop, with highway route 4 threading its way effectively in parallel to the coast.
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- Khao Lak Transport and getting there - How to get to Khao Lak Getting there : By plane : The easiest way to get to Khao Lak is to fly into either Phuket (the closest alternative) or Krabi and go to Khao Lak from there. Both airports serve international as well as domestic destinations. A taxi from Phuket airport to Khao Lak [...]
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- Khao Lak Attractions & Things To Do - Khao Lak Attractions & Things To Do The beautiful and natural environment of Khao Lak and it’s surroundings, including nearby land and marine based national parks, offer a wide range of interesting and varied activities for everyone to enjoy including canoeing, rafting, diving and snorkeling, safaris, elephant trekking, and of course hiking. Khao lak-Lamru National [...]
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Khao Lak Weather
Best season to visit Khao Lak if you want sunny weather is between December and April. These months are considered as dry season which also is the high season when most visitors choose to come here and the temperature normally stays just above 30 degrees. In Mars and April the temperature rises and can go up to about 40 degrees and with high humidity this is very hot.
The ocean temperature is also about 30 degrees all year round but with some variations depending on season and winds. During this high season it is most often green flag at the beach and you can swim without any danger.
Now days many traveling companies offer travels to the south-west coast of Thailand during the summer months but Khao Lak is a place that will somewhat turn into a ghost area in the low season. The weather is sometimes very good but sometimes it will be very rainy during this season. Since this varies from year to year it is impossible to say when it rains and when it does not. The months with most rain are May and October to November. Even in between it might rain for one week, a day or one hour now and then or it can be almost blue sky every day for a long period.
During the summer months you have to have in mind that big waves are very common and rip currents can at times be extremely dangerous. Never go swimming if you see a red flag.
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