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5 Unique Restaurants Serving Non-Thai Cuisines in Khao Lak, Thailand

Believe it or not, some people actually do not like Thai food! I know unbelievable right? If you are hesitant on traveling to Khao Lak, Thailand because you are one of these people do not let this stop you. We found five excellent restaurants in the Khao Lak area that serve non-Thai cuisines that will tantalize the taste buds of every discerning food connoisseur. If you are a fan of Thai food, these may still be a great try for something different during your holiday adventure.  Each of the restaurants has received the coveted Tripadvisor.com Certificate of Excellence for at least one year.
La Piccola Maria Pizzeria – That’s right, Italian pizza in Khao Lak! This is the first Italian restaurant on the beautiful Nang Thong Beach. Centrally located near the Sawanapalm and Sea View Resorts, the view from the restaurant is unbelievably beautiful. Although La Piccola Maria Pizzeria specializes in unique pizza toppings with wonderfully cooked pizza crust, wonderful steak and seafood options are on the menu. For a romantic getaway for a couple’s night out or a family-friendly eatery, La Piccola Maria Pizzeria fits the bill.

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Walkers Inn – Looking for a pub kind of dining experience? With a combination of Thai and British cuisines with a pub atmosphere, this is the place to watch that great Rugby or football game.  Open since 2009 and located on the Southern end of Khao Lak within walking distance of Khao Lak beach, this casual eatery is a great option for those needing a family friendly venue. Walkers Inn has also cemented itself in many tourism circles for its additional services of transportation (air conditioned cars and limousines) and sightseeing packages.

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Rusty Pelican – Who would have thought to bring Mexican cuisine to Thailand? The owners of Rusty Pelican of course! Established in Khao Lak in 2008 and located on Bang Niang beach, this eatery is close to many of the fine resorts of Khao Lak. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy a margarita and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature while sitting in the open-air gardens. Touted as one of the only Gastro Pubs in Thailand, specializing in fajitas, nachos, and Chili Con Carne, this eatery is a favorite among both the locals and visitors. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy a margarita and listen to the beautiful sounds of nature while sitting in the open-air gardens.

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Mars Bar – Looking for something a little out of this world and fun? Try the Mars Bar. With British cuisine and fun on the mind this is a great place to sit and have a few brews while watching football. Located on the Bang Niang Beach, Mars Bar is near many of the fine resorts on Khao Lak. During the day, this eatery has a very casual café feel, but at night it turns up to a rock-n-roll destination bar and restaurant full of fun and excitement. Each evening has a different theme with Wednesday being quiz night and Tuesday and Thursday evenings being girls and boys nights where guests dress up as the opposite sex. Whatever the theme of the evening fun is the agenda.

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Pizzeria Ristorante Bella Italia – With its open air patio and real Italian fare, this is a must try eatery in the Khao Lak area. Owned by an Italian chef, this restaurant specializes in both pizza and pasta dishes. Authentic Italian cuisine with fresh ingeredients is the key to this venues’ success. The casual setting of this restaurant located near the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park and Nang Thong Market makes it a great family-friendly restaurant.

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3 Ways Khao Lak Can Make Your Marriage Stronger

Khao Lak is more than just an area with pristine beaches and exotic tropical scenery. It’s an ideal place to strengthen your marriage mettle, regain trust, strengthen bonds and create memorable experiences. And it’s as easy as riding an elephant.

Get Back on Track on Back of an Elephant

If you’re looking to reconnect with your spouse, forget marriage counseling and consider a little elephant therapy at one of Khao Lak’s jungle trekking tours.

You and your spouse will be issued a guide elephant at the beginning of the tour and you can choose to ride together or on separate elephants. While riding together sounds romantic, you may want to ride separately. There is nothing more attractive than seeing your spouse mounted high atop an elephant’s back looking like a conquering hero warrior – or warrior princess.

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Your romantic jungle journey begins with a little aromatherapy courtesy of the native flowers and plants. Your temptation to pick one and offer it as a romantic gesture is greatly encouraged! The flora’s aromas will intoxicate you and as exotic birds serenade overhead. All the while, you will be gently rocked by your guide elephant just like that old porch swing where you and your spouse used to rock for hours.

You’re jolted back to reality by a refreshing spray of river water as your elephants enter the river for a bath. You laugh and you see your spouse smile like they haven’t in years. Then you feel a sudden urge to kiss your spouse, right there in the mud. And as the two of you embrace, a young couple on their honeymoon snap a photo for you as your guide elephants shower you with water, washing off the years in tiny, streaming droplets, giving your relationship a feeling of renewal.

Remember What Floats Their Boat

If your relationship could use a little more action, try white water rafting through the tropical rainforest of Phang Nga. You and your beloved will test your trust, courage and strength against raging rapids and ragged rocks with only your life jacket, helmet and love to protect you.

Maybe you’ll drop a paddle, maybe you’ll scream like a chimp, but you will get through it. Once you hit the shore and sit down for a delicious Thai lunch next to a soothing waterfall, you will look at one another and high five to commemorate your newfound trust and companionship.

For those who may find white water a bit too rough, there is bamboo rafting. Similar to the Gondola boats in Venice, a river guide will take you along the still, emerald green Sok River on a bamboo raft. The rainforest is the perfect place for renewing wedding vows, reciting romantic poetry or just creating new memories.

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Make Time for Pampering

Take a break from elephant rides and roughing it in the jungle and book a stay at one of the area’s luxury resorts. There are dozens of comfortable accommodations available ranging from elegant chalets and bungalows nestled in tropical surroundings to bright modern rooms right on the beach. While most resorts offer outdoor pools and private balconies for romantic rendezvous, a few have restaurants featuring cuisine from Germany, Italy and of course Thailand. For those that enjoy a little nightlife, there are a few little bars to enjoy live music and cocktails.

Remember, there’s a lot to see and do in Khao Lak and each activity can help strengthen your marriage as long as you do them, and enjoy them, together.