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About Khao Lak

This series of tourist-orientated coastal villages provide a perfect hideaway in the South West of Thailand. The name literally means ‘Lak Mountain’, and that’s what you get! The picturesque beaches sit below a heavily forested mountain that looks out over an emerald sea. The area is popular with those heading to the Similan Islands to scuba dive but is definitely worth visiting in its own right. Although many beaches in Thailand are known for their surreal parties, bustling bars and crowds of tourists, Khao Lak is much quieter. The resorts are secluded, the beaches uncrowded and the nights better suited for families than full-moon revellers. We’ve selected the best places in Khao Lak from which to see a different side to Thailand.

Temperatures in Khao Lak stay at around 30 degrees year round but to avoid the rain, aim to go between December and March.

What not to miss:

  • White Sand Beach - Unsurprisingly, this is a white sand beach! Very beautiful with clear water and great for a long walk when the tide’s out.

  • Pak Weep Beach - Another patch of paradise! Visit Mr Bao at the end of the beach for food and refreshments.

  • Ton Chong Fa Waterfall - Rent a bike and make the easy cycle ride to this beautiful waterfall. It costs around $3 to park your bike near the water.

  • Moo Moo Cabaret show bar. For a fun night of tongue in cheek cabaret visit Moo Moo’s. Audience participation encouraged!

The Best Places to Stay in Khao Lak

For Beach-front luxury

  • The Casa de la Flora, right on Ban Niang Beach, is a five star property with 36 individual villas with sea views, their own plunge pools and butler service.  The restaurant is excellent and there’s a spa and cocktail bar.  This is the perfect place to relax.  

For Retreat Relaxation

  • The Sarojin is a gorgeous resort, carefully, and beautifully, incorporated into the surrounding jungle.  Their pool has won awards and is considered one of Asia’s Top Fifty - which is quite a feat - and their spa is suitably indulgent.  They also have a private yacht, and an excellent fine dining restaurant.  

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Best Hotels in Khao Lak

  • The Sarojin Khao Lak 56 rooms from £129

    Total relaxation  -  Boasting one of the Top 50 Pools in Asia plus an indulgent spa - this is ultimate relaxation.
    Romantic Break  -  Gorgeous suites, fine dining, spa treatments. Great for couples.
    Diving  -  Located in the Andaman Ocean, the Similan and Surin Islands are some of the most notable diving spots.
    Fishing  -  Catch yourself a fish supper on a private fishing trip.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A gorgeous coastal resort, beautifully incorporated into the surrounding environment. The Edge restaurant serves up Oriental flavours or why not opt for private sunset dining aboard 'Lady Sarojin'. Rooms are light and airy with modern wood floors and garden views. Ideal for couples. Over 10s only. See More

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  • Casa de la Flora Khao Lak 36 rooms from £193

    Total relaxation  -  Casa de la Flora enjoys a supremely tranquil coastal setting-bask in the glorious views and breathe in the fresh sea air
    Beach Life  -  With the beach right on your doorstep there's no excuse not to spend your days lounging by the seaside!
    Romantic Break  -  Chic accommodation, fantastic food and long walks along the beach-the ideal spot for a romantic break
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to go see Similan Island, Phi Phi Island and the iconic James Bond Island
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Design Hotels, Great Small Hotels , Kiwi Collection

    Casa de la Flora enjoys a superb coastal location on Bang Niang Beach. This 5* property offers luxurious individual villas boasting magnificent sea views and a butler service. Divine cuisine served at the La Aranya Restaurant! Relax in the pool with a cocktail or unwind in the spa. A stunning stay! See More

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