Khao Lak – An Unparalleled Diver’s Paradise

Khao Lak

Khao Lak’s dedication to preserve its environment and culture despite a wave of modernization enabled its residents to retain its idyllic nature and attract thousands of visitors from all over the globe. Despite being hit hard by a tsunami in 2004, the province has picked up its debris, rebuilt its foundations, and has become stronger and more beautiful than ever.

Located in the seaside province of Phang-nga, Khao Lak is a secluded paradise at the tail end of a bustling nation. Once exclusive to divers, Khao Lak Thailand has opened its doors to budget travelers and resorts lovers.

Offering pristine beaches, culinary experiences, and the hottest dive spots, Khao Lak is gaining popularity to various types of tourists. Protected by rigorously enforced environmental laws, the area continues to flourish in its natural habitat alongside recent developments.

 

Where to Stay in Khao Lak

Eight years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami left most of Khao Lak devastated, numerous hotels have mushroomed in the area. Today, low-rise hotels line its shores ranging from luxurious resorts to backpacker hostels. Among the popular accommodations in Khao Lak are:

1.       Khao Lak Resort

Khao Lak Resort allows its guests to enjoy the beauty of nature in utmost privacy. One of the high-end resorts in Khao Lak Thailand, this hilltop resort offers luxury and a breathtaking view of the ocean to its guests.

In addition to its main hotel building, it has a number of villas and bungalow suites. Each room/suite is equipped with a bathtub and rain shower, air-conditioning, an IDD telephone, a private balcony, room service, and a 21-inch flat screen television with cable.

The resort provides its guests with the option to indulge in one of their treatments and native-style massages through their on-site spa. Resort guests may use of the fitness room, Jacuzzis, and outdoor pool free of charge.

2.       Andaman Princess Resort and Spa

Just a five-minute ferry ride from Baan Nam Kem Pier, the Andaman Princess Resort and Spa is a refuge from the mainland’s hustle and bustle. The resort is nestled in rich foliage. It is furnished with traditional Thai designs; its façade and interior pay homage to the country’s rich culture.

Andaman Princess Resort and Spa offers its guests a choice of deluxe rooms, villas, and family rooms. Guests can choose from the Garden, Seaview, or Beachfront villas – all within walking distance from the main building of the resort. Each room comes with an in-room safe, cable television, air-conditioning, and an IDD telephone. The resort is equipped with a kiddie pool, a full-size outdoor pool, Jacuzzis, fitness rooms, and an on-site spa.

3.       Khaolak Youth Club

The Khaolak Youth Club aims to bring its guests closer to nature with its ingenious architecture and laid back interiors. Its 20 beach-style bungalows are made mostly of wood and painted in a relaxing blue and white. Each unit stands on stilts – providing an encompassing view of the natural surroundings.

Its modest interiors are furnished with a charming beach-inspired motif.  Accommodations come with a ceiling fan, a hot shower, towels, a private balcony, air-conditioning, cable television, a refrigerator and Wi-Fi.

 

Where and What to Eat

One thing that is without a doubt true about Thailand is the people here knows how to whip up appetizing dishes. Whether your palate is craving for local fare or international cuisine, Khao Lak has an array of full of flavor foods for all diners.

Blue Mist

This beachfront (near Marriot) restaurant serves delectable, authentic Thai gastronomic treats. Its serene atmosphere is ideal for couples and customers who want to hear the relaxing sounds of the wind and waves while enjoying a hearty meal.

Blue Mist’s seafood must-try list includes freshly caught lobsters barbecued to perfection, whole snapper with lemon, prawn and chili paste, and Panang curry.

Tiffy’s

Most noticeable in Khao Lak is the number of German tourists, thus the increasing number of German menus. Tiffy’s is one of those that offer such. From all day breakfast to on-the-go sandwiches, this café is open all day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

You can easily order German sausages and a cup of coffee even when it is nearing midnight. Tiffy’s is at the north of Bang Thong along Phet Kasem Road.

Pizzeria

For some Italian cuisine, the Pizzeria in Bang Thong on Phet Kasem Road is your best bet. Offering brick oven-baked pizzas and homemade pastas, the Pizzeria is your gateway to authentic Italian dining in the heart of Southeast Asia. Their menu also covers salads, soups, and a great selection of fine wine.

 

What to Do

There is so much to do in Khao Lak that it seems a lifetime is needed to experience them all. With numerous waterfalls, miles of pristine coasts, and lush forests, tourists and locals alike will never get bored in this paradise.

1.       Do some diving and snorkeling

Because of the captivating underwater imagery it offers, Khao Lak is known worldwide as one of the diver’s paradises in Thailand. From January to March, you will be able to spot manta rays and whale sharks feeding off the coast of the peninsula.

Peak season is usually from October to April where visibility is at its most favorable state. Dive the wrecks of the Bonsung barge, the MV Seachart, and the Premchai, all off the coast of the Tamp Lamu pier.

Snorkel or dive around the Similan Island National Park, a cluster of nine islands with unmatched beauty both onshore and underwater. The local seabed is teeming with coral, fish, and other marine life endemic to Thai waters.

2.       Trek the waterfalls

Check out the five layers of the Lam Ru Waterfalls in Lam Ru Village. Dip in crystal clear streams of the Hin Lat Waterfalls which originate from the Bang Yai, Khao Mai Kaeo, and Malakor canals. Soothe your aching body in the mineral waters of the local Kapong Hot Springs whose temperatures rise to a steady 65 degree Celsius.

3.       Go beach hopping

Enjoy, relax, picnic, and soak up the sun on the many beaches of Khao Lak. All you need to do is choose one of the less crowded coasts that is to your liking. You can opt for the white sands of the Bang Sak Beach at the northern part of the province or visit the Khuk Kak Beach, the Ban Niang Beach, and the Nang Thong Beach which all offer picturesque views and calm waters – all located at the southern part of Khao Lak.