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Khao Lak

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Country rank: 27 out of 46 Places To Visit In Thailand

Sub-Region: Phang Nga Province


Ideal duration: 3 days

Best time: November to April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: phuket (Check Flights)


"A string of villages to experience serenity in action"

Khao Lak Tourism

Khao Lak is a string of villages which lie on the west coast of Thailand. Once a quiet and unknown land, these villages are fast becoming a hotspot for adventure sports and beach activities between both Thai locals and tourists alike.

Khao means mountain so Khao Lak literally means Lak Mountain. A combination of six beaches, these villages all combine to form 'Khao Lak' as we know it. The beaches are a starting point for those wishing to explore nearby areas and northern andamans too. Every beach has its own vibe as does every market. No two experiences in Khao Lak are going to be the same that is for sure. Some of the beaches are - Hat Nang Thong, Hat Bang Niang, Hat Pakarang and Hat Bang Sak. Come to this vibrant yet chill place if you wish to lie around and relax on the beach but not be crowded by throngs of people. Lots of hidden eateries and shopping opportunities make this a haven for all kinds of tourists albeit the area is gaining more and more popularity among backpackers and budget travellers.

Hotels in Khao Lak

Top Hotels in Khao Lak

  • ThaiLife Homestay Resort & Spa

    THB 1,796 /night onwards

  • The Hip Resort @ Khao Lak

    THB 1,710 /night onwards

  • Living Room Bang Lut Beach KhaoLak

    THB 720 /night onwards

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Major cards are accepted in almost all big restaurants, bars and hotels. Small hotels would prefer cash or credit cards over debit cards. Check before you order. Carry a sufficient amount of the Thai Baht with you as local market vendors may not accept other currencies.

Bang La On, which is the main township in the area has a number of money exchange service providers. Private exchange places may be open on Sundays but most banks remain closed. Check with yout hotel before you decide to relax and get your money exchanged 'later'.

A minimum of 1500 THB, like any other city in Thailand is a must for Khao Lak. Food and getting around are inexpensive if you take buses or walk. Markets in Khao Lak are inexpensive too. The major expenditure on this trip is going to be on your accomodation.

The major religion of Khao Lak is Buddhism

Khao Lak is more family friendly than other places in Thailand. Conventional practices like putting your hands together while greeting people is expected and accepted everywhere. Normal Thai customs like not touching anyone on the head and not pointing your feet towards anyone are followed here too.

Thai is spoken among the locals in Khao Lak. English is spoken by the employees of big hotels and resorts. You may find rudimentary english being spoken by street side vendors but never forget to carry a dictionary with you when anywhere in Thailand.

What is not a tourist destination was once just a string of villages on the west coast of Thailand. Khao Lak had long been popular with traders and merchants but slowly startes gaining popularity with the tourist crowd as well. The tsunami of 2004 was the most devastating incident for Khao Lak but it is once which Khao lak emerged from quite unscathed too. Rebuilding its infrastructure and tourist base again as it did, Khao Lak became one of the most popular destination for those looking to get away from the hullabaloo of major Thai cities.

Khao Lak isn't a place necessarily known for its booming party scene. It is more famous for its quiet ambience and family friendly atmosphere where people can relax in peace. There might be a few nightclubs at best here. Head over to other booming places in Thailand if you're expecting a club extravaganza. Khao Lak does have a few bars, one of the best ones being the Happy Snapper.

You won't find a row of shopping malls in Khao Lak like other cities but you will definitely find small shops which sell souvenirs and trinkets for the curious tourist. Visit the Bang Niang Night Market for a lazy stroll to see what local vendors have to offer. Carry your haggling skills with you as prices might be quoted more than needed.

Basic meals in Thai are served with hot, steaming rice. A majority of curries are based on seafood and some may include chicken or pork depending on availability. Meals are always light and freshly cooked. Street stalls are the best way to sample what Khao Lak has to offer with food being prepared fresh in front of your eyes.

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Khao Lak is accessible by road from other major destinations in Thailand. Being a string of villages it is not directly accessible by flight. (Read More)

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