If you cannot imagine a holiday in Thailand sans glitz of Bangkok and effervescence of Phuket, just try to know a bit of Khao Lak! A stroll along miles long stretch of powdery white sand peppered with small forested hills mark a serene magnificence of Thailand. Already designated as a national park area, Khao Lak is probably the richest part of Thailand when it comes to natural attractions.
Plan a visit to this area to experience a never before tryst with breathtaking landscapes comprising of lush valleys, majestic small mountains, mangroves and of course gorgeous beaches. Sightseeing while enjoying an elephant ride and diving in the pristine waters of Similan Islands make Khao Lak a not-to-be-missed destination for those yearning to know more about Thailand!
Climate & Best Time to VisitThis laid back yet enchanting beach resort boasts tropical climate and travellers always find a sunny weather here. From November to March, humidity count remains at the lowest level which makes it the best time to plan a visit to Khao Lak. April-May is the hottest time of the year and beachcombers can enjoy a spectacular combination of sea and sun. Also, thundery showers are quite frequent during this time. From June to July temperature ranges from 20°C to 33°C and heavy showers hit the beach resort from September to October.
Eating OutLike other parts of Thailand, Khao Lak also features a gastronomic richness where dearth of culinary flavours is not known. With increasing footfall of tourists, this region is introducing several restaurants serving international cuisines and dishes prepared with a tinge of local specialties. French cuisine has emerged as a popular choice among globetrotters holidaying in Khao Lak. But scrummy Thai dishes still remain on the top of the minds of epicureans. Bamboo Bar & Seafood Grill, Muan Lai and Chong-Fah seafood are among the most notable eating joints here.
ShoppingLa On Village and Bang Niang are two of the most visited areas in this Thai beach resort. Both of these areas feature 7-Eleven that opens 24x7. But if you want to experience shopping at a traditional Thai market, Bang Niang is the place which also boasts stylish boutiques and art shops at Jerung Street. If you are in La On, find a souvenir at a handicraft shop, trendy clothes and authentic Thai silk at chic boutiques.
Popular HotelsKhao Lak is dotted with a wide range of resorts as well as hotel that are known for offering world class hospitality blended with gratifying Thai captivation. Khao Lak is the foremost choice among discerning travellers who never shy away from spending money provided they are being offered with best of everything. Khao Lak Seaview Resort, Le Flora Resort, Le Meridian and Ramada Resort are among the top notch accommodation options. For a unique experience, consider staying at beachside bungalows.
Tips and AdviceSince Khao Lak is a series of quaint Thai villages hence, it is always advisable to know about a village before planning a visit there. Else consider hiring a guide for a proper and well-planned tour. Since Thailand is a culturally-rich nation, be mindful of their rituals and customs while roaming around traditional villages. Khao Lak beaches are tranquil and a limited number of shops/stalls are available. So, consider carrying enough water and food especially while visiting a remote sandy strip.