Infos about Khao Lak
Khao Lak is part of the Province of Phang Nga and is situated about 90 km north of the International Airport of Phuket and about 170 km south of Ranong. Khao Lak was discovered as a tourist destination only a few years ago. It attracts its charm and beauty from the long sandy beaches, backed by a green hill range, which is covered with thick rainforests and farmland.
Moreover Khao Lak shows some exceptions, which are extraordinary for Thailand!
At all beaches are any kind of aquatic sport is forbidden: No jet-skiing, no paragliding, no bananaboats and also no discos, no go-go bars, no beer bars or similar entertainment! All beaches are quiet places, just for people who like to relax and feel well.
Khao Lak shows a steadily growing demand in popularity not only among divers, snorkelers and nature lovers, but also among families with children and elder people, who like to escape the rough winter months of Europe.
The beautiful long beaches of Khao Lak
More than 30 km the Khao Lak Beach extends from the village (baan) of Khao Lak, (from which the beach derives its name) to Namkem, showing bigger and smaller rocky parts now and then, lagoons, belts of Kasuarina Trees, Coconut Palm Trees and many more exotic plants. The sand of the beach changes its colour from a feint golden hue in the southern parts to a pure white in the north.
- The Southern Beaches
- The middle part of Khao Lak Beach
- The northern Beaches
The southern Beaches
Khao Lak Beach:
This beach is about 2 km long and gives its name to the whole region. Here you will find the Baan (Village) Khao Lak. The beach is still very natural with many old Kasuarina Trees. In the north it is bordered by the Lamru National Park.
Hotels/Resorts: Khao Lak Merlin, Emerald Resort, Diamond Resort, The Briza
This part of the beach is only about 1 km long and is characterized by many rocks and small lagoons, which make this beach interesting and adventurous. The steeper hills are not farer than 50 to 100 m and only the road cuts the hotels of this nature paradise from the jungle covered mountains.
Hotels/Resorts: Khao Lak Sunset, Khao Lak Palm Beach, Khao Lak Bayfront, Paradise Resort, Wanaburi Resort and Khao Lak Resort
This small part of the beach (about 500 m ) is situated between Sunset and Nang Thong Beach. The land behind the beaches is flat now. Only a short walk and you at Khao Lak Center.
New: Sensimar Beachfront Resort (former Similana Beach & SPA), Laguna Beach Resort, Baan Khao Lak
Nang Thong Beach:
This well known part of the beach looks very similar to the Laguna Beach. Small boulders and rocks, often covered with mussels and shells, look out of a shallow sea. In the northern part you will find a small lagoon.
Only about 400 to 600 m from this beach, the so called Khao Lak Center is spreading with a number of banks, all kind of restaurants, tour counter, dive shops, minimarkets, fashion tailor, optical shops, souvenir shops, Internet cafes, massage parlours, doctors and a dental clinic. Here, people get together in the evening. Most of hotels offers Shuttle bus services to the Center in the afternoon & evening.
Hotels/Resorts: New: "The Sands" , The Andaburi Resort, Andaman Beach Resort, Ocean Breeze, Green Beach Resort, Bhandari Resort & Spa, Orientel Resort, Nang Thong Bay Resort, Countryside Resort & Spa, Seaview Resort & Spa, Suwan Palm Resort
The middle part of Khao Lak Beach
Bang Niang Beach:
This is the longest part of the whole beach (about 3.5 km). There are no rocks or boulders in the sea. The sandy beach and the land behind are extremely flat. Only about 2.5 km far from the beach, you will reach more hilly country. Along the main road and the beach road you will find all kind off restaurants, massage parlours, tour counter, dive shops, and minimarkets. On the mainstreet next to the 7eleven minimarket is 3 x per week a local fresh market, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 2 pm to 7 pm.
Hotels/Resorts: New: Monochrom Resort, Ramada, La Flora, Mukdara, Chong Fa Beach Resort, FX Resort, Ayara Villas, Casa De Laflora, Cousin Resort, Jasmin Resort, Sudala Resort, Amsterdam Resort, Sea Sand Sun Resort
Khuk Khak Beach:
This is a long beach (about 3 km) with changing character, dispersed by small lagoons. The back land is characterized by small Kasuarina forests, Coconut plantations and small lakes, being relics from the tin mining time.
Hotels/Resorts: New: Blue Lagoon Resort, Orchid Beach Resort, Amandara Resort. JW Marriot Beach & Spa
The northern Beaches
Cape Pakarang is the tip of a small peninsula, which marks the westernmost point of Thailand. The beach is long and flatg, slowly gliding down in a shallow sea. The northern part is covered with the relics of a broken coral reef. This part is not recommended for swimming.
Hotels/Resorts: Palm Galleria, Tokalaburi, Apsaras Resort, Kantary Beach Hotel, The Sarojin
This is a beautiful natural beach (about 2 km) with fine, white sand, here you find some restaurants and massage parlours by the beach.
Hotels /Resorts: Le Meridien, Beyond Khao Lak, New: Mai Khao Lak
This is a long (about 3 km) beach with changing character. The southern part is very natural,but from about the middle part, there is a road, running parallel to the beach. This part of the beach is favoured by Thai people, coming from Takuapa and neighbouring villages, to spend here their weekend. There are many small restaurants.
Hotels/Resorts: Royal Bangsak, Bangsak Village, Haadson Resort, New: Opening February 2013 Sentido Graceland Khao Lak Resort & Spa