Khao Lak, Is in the Takua-Pa district of Phang-Nga province in southern Thailand. Phang-Nga is located on the west coast of the Andaman Sea and is just an hour's drive from Phuket Island in the south and Krabi to the East. Khao Lak is a 20 km stretch of lovely beaches along the Andaman Sea coastline set against a backdrop of jungle-covered mountains & is one of Thailand's most peaceful destinations. No less than three national parks are surrounded by mountains that sweep down to the beautiful coastline with beaches that continue for miles.
Khao Lak region is dotted with numerous resorts, tourist facilities, & has multiple market places, all unique in their own way. Khao Lak is also known as a scuba diving mecca; with its beautiful coral reefs, and rich marine life, not to mention being the nearest port to the amazing Similan Islands, it has been pulling divers in from all over the world for years. Khao Lak's greatest strength is the beauty of its natural environment bordering the Andaman Sea on one side and is surrounded by natural forest on the other side. The area is still unspoilt and far from the overcrowded holiday destinations of Thailand. It is the right place to relax and enjoy a natural environment where the Andaman sea meets the primary forest, the area is similar to Phuket in the old days and is the perfect place for your Thailand trip if you want to get away from areas nearby where there are many people.
-: Sightseeing of Khao Lak :-
Khao Lak–LamRu National Park
Located around 80 km north from Central Phuket, Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park covers an area of 125 km² in Kapong, Mueang Phang Nga, Takua Pa and Thai Mueang districts of Phang-Nga Province. The park is named for two of its mountain peaks, Khao Lak and Lam Ru. The Park offers a lovely collection of sea cliffs, hills, and beaches in addition to dome shaped Granite Mountains from the Cretaceous period and tropical evergreen forest. One of the park's many points of interest is Kao Lak Mountain, situated beside the sea with a Chinese temple dedicated to the wizard of the mountain. The temple lies close to Thai Muang district.
Khao Sok National Park
Being the most popular mainland national park destination in South Thailand, Khao Sok is a rainforest with great diversity of plants and wildlife. Khao Sok is perfectly situated on the mainland between Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Koh Samui, the most popular destinations in Southern Thailand. It is a fantastic place to go on vacation. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot and canoeing are all possible activities visitors can enjoy in the park.
The Similan Islands National Park is situated 85 km northwest of the bustling crowds of Phuket and 65 km west of Khao Lak. It consists of nine islands known for long white coral sand beaches, crystal blue waters and providing some of the best scenery in Thailand. The islands are home to a huge variety of marine life of which many are rare and endangered species. It is the best place for diving and snorkeling in Thailand and one of the best diving spots in the world, this little archipelago has likewise turned into a favorite destination for yachts and tour boats. The marine life around the Islands is unmatched in Thailand and the region.
The International Tsunami museum
International Tsunami Museum is a small museum in Bang Niang village in the middle of the Khao Lak area. The museum recalls the strong impact the tsunami had on December 26, 2004 , when 5,231 people were killed and 8,457 injured in Thailand, of which about 80% of those were in the Khao Lak area. Thousands of lives were lost, businesses ruined, and a great portion of the coastline suffered terrible damage. The museum documents the timeline of events, as well as the post-disaster period, including the ongoing rebuilding process. With information panels and exhibits, the museum tells a desperately sad tale in a simple fashion.
Sri Phang Nga National Park
The little-known and seldom visited national park in the south of the country is called Sri Phang Nga across Khao Sok on its whole western flank. The Park's rough mountain range go runs parallel to the Andaman Sea coast covering a region of 246 square kilometers. The amazing thing about this park was how many of Thailand’s beautiful butterfly species one can see. Abundance of wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, and rafflesia flowers are also found here but the forest trails of Sri Phang Nga offers a wilderness experience not easily found in the country.
Phang Nga Bay
Similar to (though smaller than) Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Phang Nga Bay is certainly the crown of all the must-visit sites in the province of Phang Nga, to which Khao Lak belongs. Sunny, cloudy or rainy: Phang Nga wears a different dress for each occasion. This Thailand paradise is located between Malay Peninsula’s mainland and Phuket, roughly a one-hour drive south of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Bay is a Marine National Park that covers 400sqkm. Sheltering over 80 bird species, over 25 species of mangrove, as well as many other fauna and flora specimens, Phang Nga Bay offers the opportunity to discover a stunning natural environment which is more than 10,000 years old.
Surin Islands - Koh Surin
Koh Surin National Marine Park rates as one of Thailand's prime island locations. Located some 60 km off the west coast of Phang Nga province, and 100 km north of the Similans, is an archipelago of 5 islands: Koh Surin Nua, Koh Surin Tai, Koh Ri, Koh Khai, and Koh Klang. The two main islands Koh Surin Nua (North Surin Island) and Koh Surin Tai (South Surin Island) form the bulk of the land mass. The excellent diving, snorkelling, hiking and game fishing are what most visitors come for, and those hoping to find a quiet refuge from the tourist traps and urban centers will be delighted with the islands Simplicity.
Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
Located in Lumru National Park, Ton Chong Fah Waterfall is a five-tier waterfall situated 5 kilometres north of the National Park office and set in thick forest. A 20-minute walk through the rainforest is necessary to reach the first level of the waterfall, which features a large pond where you can refresh yourself. Getting to the other four levels requires you to be fit as the trail is narrow and steep. The source of Ton Chong Fah is Bang Nian canal and the waterfall is not dependent on seasonal rains.
Royal Thai Navy Third Fleet Turtle Nursery
Located at mere 15 minutes’ drive south of Bang La On (Nang Thong Beach), this nursery is at the naval base at Thap Lamu. The nursery features turtles ranging from one week to many years old. Infant turtles from various areas on the Andaman seaboard are brought here, nursed along until strong enough to fend for themselves, then released into the sea. One of the main such releasing takes place on the well known Turtle Releasing Festival at Thai Muang beach, several kilometers down the coast.
Tam Nang Waterfall
Tam Nang Waterfall is located in Phang Nga National Park. It’s a large waterfall descending from a 60-meter high rock cliff into the large basin below. It is the most convenient waterfall of Phang Nga & a great place for swimming. On the way to the fall you can sight many birds such as brown woodpecker, white-bellied bulb, ochraceous bulbuls, etc.
Thai Mueang National Park
Khao Lam Pi - Hat Thai Mueang National Park is in the 52nd national park of Thailand, in the eastern area of Andaman and spread over an area of 72 square kilometers or 45,000 rais. It consists of two parts, the first part is Tai Muang beach and the second is Lam Pee Mountain. Tai Muang is positioned on the coast of the Andaman Sea. At the end of the beach is the Kham Bay Peninsula (Giant Face Mountain). The eastern part has a big brackish water canal getting fresh water from Lam Pee Mountain which still has an abundant primary rainforest. The wild animals in the Park include, Asiatic Black Bear, Palm Civet, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Dusky Langur and Common Munjak.
Wat Tham (otherwise known as Wat Suwan Khuha – 'Temple Cave' in Thai) is one of the numerous points of interest in Phang Nga Province. Situated off the highway that connects Phuket and Phang Nga Town, just 6km preceding to achieve the capital city of Phang Nga Province. It features a large reclining Buddha statue inside a pretty huge limestone cave. A second cave can be visited by climbing a staircase at the back of the principal cave. It takes around one hour to arrive from Khao Lak.
Bang Niang Market
Bang Niang Market is the shopping epicentre of Khao Lak. Located right opposite the Police Boat 813’s Tsunami Memorial Park on Phetkasem Road, Bang Niang Market covers a 21,000 sqm area. Always a colourful and lively sight, is a must visit to experience something local. Bang Niang hosts the most popular night market in Khao Lak. It is especially interesting as it is large, varied and very much a part of the local shopping scene.
Dinosea World Park in Phang Nga
The Dinosea World Park in Phang Nga is a very large water park by the sea in southern Thailand. The Park offers a refreshing escape from the heat of Phang Nga. Located in Khok Kloi, the first village on the mainland when you're coming from Phuket, this huge waterpark is the perfect place to spend the day playing in the water in 14 different pools with your family, in a Jurassic world ambience and décor. Their pools vary in types and sizes, and most of them come with different size inflatable water sliders, bouncy castles, diving platform as well as a lot more kinds of water playing facilities. And for those wishing to find something else apart from water playing areas, a Dino park, beach zone, food & drink kiosks zone and a beach bar is there to enjoy.
Khao Lak Mini-Golf & Labyrinth / Maze
Khao Lak Mini-Golf & Labyrinth / Maze gives you the opportunity to share pleasant leisure activities with your family and friends in a stunning complex in Bang Niang. Covering an area of about 2,000 sqm, the course is challenging enough to please both amateurs and experts of all ages. Featuring holes placed on different levels, indoor holes, and lush vegetation, a round at Khao Lak Mini-Golf is a real soft-adventure experience. The other fun activity available here is a 1,000 sqm labyrinth/maze located right behind the derelict temple. It’s an “ancient” jungle adventure city, built of red bricks, amidst lush tropical vegetation. Entering this impressive site in Khao Lak is like stepping into an Indiana Jones movie.
Wat Tham Ta Pan
Wat Tham Ta Pan is without doubt one of the most weirdly original temples in southern Thailand. Located in Phang Nga Town approximately 100km northeast of Phuket City, it offers a journey through Buddhist Heaven and Hell. At first sight the temple looks a bit abandoned and decrepit, and this adds to the scariness of the place. A visit with a local guide is recommended if you wish get further details about the various concepts represented at the temple as touches of Buddhism, Hinduism, and even Taoism are all mixed together there.
Elephant Fly Zipline in Khao Lak
Elephant Fly Zipline is a great way to discover the rainforest in a very different way. Established in the Khao Lak/Lamru National Park, between Khao Lak and Nang Thong Beaches, this eco-friendly activity is as educational as it is fun and exhilarating for the whole family. The only limitation is for those who weigh over 120 kg. It is not only dedicated to zip-lining. In fact, the distances between the 24 platforms in the forest canopy can be covered with sky bridges, bicycle flying, spiral staircase, abseiling, and more. You can experience a great array of exciting sensations in a superb and protected natural environment.