Khao Lak is a coastal town located 100km north of Phuket, in the Phang Nga Province. Its name means Lak mountain. This place is renowned for its tranquil beaches, secluded resorts, lush tropical rainforests, emerald hills and pristine national parks. Its family-friendly environment makes it a perfect vacation spot for you and your little ones! We rounded up the top 10 things to do and key attractions in Khao Lak just for you and your family!
With more than 20km of pristine beaches, Khao Lak is the perfect place to spend an idyllic day at the beach. Let your imagination run wild building sandcastles and enjoy the azure sea view! Remember to pack sun protection too!
WHERE: Nan Thong Beach and Bang Niang Beach are excellent spots for a day at the beach!
Learn the way of the golfer at Khao Lak Mini Golf! Located amidst lush tropical landscape, the site looks like an Indiana Jones movie set. It consists of an 18-hole course.
WHERE: Khao Lak Mini Golf, 16/11 Chongfa Waterfall, Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga 82190, Thailand, www.khaolakminigolf.com
Khao Lak is renowned for its natural landscape. Apart from gorgeous beaches, there are several waterfalls along its hilly aisle. Take a refreshing dip or hike through the natural terrain at one of the waterfalls. We recommend Sai Rung Waterfall, which is most accessible.
WHERE: Sai Rung Waterfall, Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang-nga 82190, Thailand, http://visitkhaolak.com/around-the-region/sai-rung-waterfall/
WHERE: Khao Lak Horse Club, Soi Chongfa Waterfall, Khuekkhak, Takua Pa District, Phang Nga 82190, Thailand, Facebook Page
Thailand’s Buddhist culture is evident in almost every part of the country. Khao Lak is no exception. There are 3 famous temples in the Phang Nga province, namely, the Dragon Cave Temple located in a limestone cave, the Bang Rieng Pagoda Temple which features various architectural style and Suwanakuha Temple, renowned for its macaque monkey guardians. Visit these sites to have a glimpse of the Thai culture and history!
WHERE: Check out the http://khaolaktourism.com/tour/3temples.htm for more information.
Visit the marine conservatory and turtle sanctuary for an educational session. The turtle sanctuary is opened daily and admission is free. Visitors can view different hatches of turtles and other marine life in the various saltwater tanks within the premises.
WHERE: Phang Nga Coastal Fisheries Research & Development Centre, 164 Moo 9 Thai Mueang, Phang-nga 82120, Thailand, www.coastalaqua.com
Love the exotic flavors of Thai cuisine and want to replicate that at home? Embark on a gastronomical adventure by joining a Thai cooking class and get to go on a shopping spree to the local market!
WHERE: Ann Cooking Classes, www.annkhaolak.wordpress.com
Get up close and personal with marine life in crystal clear waters and frolic on islands with uninhabited white beaches in the Andaman Sea! Day trips can be booked at most resort concierge in Khao Lak.
WHERE: Similan Island, Surin Island, and Phang Nga Bay.
Khao Lak experienced a devastating tsunami on 26 December 2004. Memorials are set up after the tragedy to remember and honor the victims. Learn about the stoic past, hope, and resilience of the people, post-disaster at the memorial and museum.
WHERE: 813 Tsunami Memorial Park, 47/7 Moo 3, Khakkhuk, TakuapaPhang-nga, 82190, Thailand
Take a trip to Khao Sok National Park to discover one of the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. You could spend the day hiking, elephant riding, kayaking or cruising on the verdant lake. The limestone formations along the lake resemble that of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. It is definitely a sight to behold!
WHERE: Khao Sok National Park, Khlong Sok, Phanom District, Surat Thani 84250, Thailand, www.khaosok.com
Main Image Credit: Trip Advisor