Khao Lak is a beachside resort area just north of Phuket that offers one of the best Thailand experiences. Laid back villages, farms and forests, as well as world-class diving and breathtaking beaches, are not too far from your luxury resort.
Explore Khao Lak
More relaxed than Phuket, what Khao Lak lacks in party life, it makes up for in relaxation, charm and natural beauties. Your camera will certainly work overtime.
A day trip to the glistening islands off Khao Lak is an absolute must for travellers to the area. Famed snorkelling and diving sites, the Similan Islands and Koh Tachai, offer crystal clear waters, teeming marine life and some of the most magnificent beaches on earth. Equally incredible is the Surin Islands National Park further offshore.
The two majestic nature reserves adjacent to the Khao Lak area are also a big attraction for nature lovers. You can trek the jungles of Lumru National Park and cool off under one of its waterfalls, or hike to the caves of the lush Khao Sok National park. Otherwise, opt for a raft or boat tour of Khao Sok’s pristine Cheow Lan Lake. The truly adventurous can try scuba diving this incredible freshwater wonder.
The impressive limestone coast of Phang Nga National Park and its motorboat and paddling tours is also accessible as a day trip from Khao Lak.
If that’s not enough adventure, there’s always golf, fishing expeditions, horse riding, or temples to visit. Reward your body with a spa treatment or massage. Chill on the beach, or enjoy cocktails by the pool at your resort.
Khao Lak travel facts
Read the Thailand Travel Guide for info on entry visas, and best times of the year to visit. Bear in mind Christmas and New Year are peak times, with correspondingly higher rates.
Khao Lak is 60-90 minutes drive from Phuket International Airport (HKT), crossing the bridge from Phuket Island to the mainland.
Khao Lak and Nang Thong beaches are the southernmost resort areas of the stretch with the most shops and amenities nearby. Beaches like Bang Niang, Bang Sak Pakarang further to the north are less populated.
Many of our holiday packages include airport transfers. Otherwise, arrange a fixed price taxi or shuttle on arrival at the airport. It’s possible to book private shuttle services or drivers in advance by searching online.