Khao Lak is series of gorgeous beaches along the Andaman Sea Coastline; numerous resorts and tourist facilities are available. If you’re planning a trip here, prepare yourself for impressive attractions that aren’t overwhelming. Enjoy various parks, mountains and roads, nearly untouched nature, and easy access to off shore diving without huge crowds. Join an increasing number of people who see that Khao Lak can support tourism without sacrificing Thai customs or their way of life. It isn’t the place for a wild bar scene but is the perfect place for families and nature lovers. The entire region straddles one of four major highways in Thailand and is forty-seven miles from the Phuket International Airport. For most of the year, April to November, is considered low season when there are even less tourists. This is the perfect holiday spot for first time tourists and experienced travelers a like.
- Bang La On is the most tourist-oriented of the three villages and is often mistaken as Khao Lak. There are plenty of shops, bars, restaurants to keep you busy along with a multitude of banks. There are sidewalks in this village that make shopping easier. If you travel by bus, be specific on your destination. You will be dropped off in this village when it might be many miles from your intended drop off point.
- Bang La Niang is more of a quiet village than Bang La On. It has an outdoor market that’s open for three days a week. It’s recommended that you dress casually when visiting since it can get dusty or muddy depending on the weather. The town’s beach lives south of the market. This village is becoming an increasingly popular site for bars, discos, and other nighttime events.
- Khuk Khak is the most “Thai” of the villages. It’s a center for the infrastructural supplies that keep resorts running. Only this village has a daily market and a tiny bus station. There are four beaches here that are completely worth the visit. Be careful when reading the brochures meant for tourists as many businesses will include their mailing address, which uses both the district and sub district. This may or may not tell you the business’s physical location.
- The region is affected by monsoon winds from the north and southeast. The time between November and May are the driest, while June through October are the wettest; with the latter being the rainiest month of the year.
- Rainfall numbers can be deceiving. It’s a popular opinion that the dry season is the best time to visit Khao Lak but rain often be localized, meaning one location can get a lot of rain but another location can be dry. Rainfall is most likely happen in the late afternoon or evening but that day would still be considered rainy. Just another fact to keep in mind when planning a trip.
- During the wettest month some water based activities are restricted. You won’t be able to travel to the Surin and Similan islands. Storms come quickly and surprise you wherever you may be on the island. That being said there are still sunny days in between the way but keep an umbrella handy if you’re going to venture outside.
While visiting the Khao Lak region you will definitely want to see the Lam Ru National Park that covers seventy-seven miles of land and shows off just a fraction of Thailand’s beauty. Amazing sea cliffs, hills that tower above you, waterfalls and forested valley, and so much more come together to form nature’s own original painting. Before leaving tourists should visit one, or all, of the memorials for the 2004 monsoon that took countless inhabitant and tourists lives.