TOP 5 TIPS …WHEN VISITING KHAO LAK
Select Representation’s top 5 tips….when visiting Khao Lak in Thailand… are as follows:
If you are searching for a fantastic tropical hideaway, then look no further than Khao Sok National Park. Located about 75 minutes drive north-east of Khao Lak, this large area of rainforest is brimming with wildlife, waterfalls and streams. Close and personal elephant encounters, jungle trekking on foot and canoeing are all possible. One of the most interesting areas is the beautiful Cheow Larn Lake, located in the heart of the National Park, with it’s floating raft houses and luxury tents.
(2) Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea on the west coast of Southern Thailand, in Phang-nga. The Similan archipelago covers 140 square kilometres and consists of eleven islands, to include: Koh Bangu, Koh Bon,Koh Ha, Koh Hin Pousar, Koh Huyong, Koh Meang, Koh Payan, Koh Payang, Koh Payu, Koh Similan, Koh Tachai, the eleventh island is now closed indefinitely. The islands are world-famous for some of the best scuba diving in South East Asia. Note: Closed mid May to mid October.
(3) Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is just an hour drive and long tail boat ride through the mangrove …from Khao Lak. This location offers an amazing world of islands, caves and…. is home to the famous James Bond Island from the movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. After a stop at James Bond island (Koh Tapu), most trips will stop at Koh Panyi – a muslim fishing village built on raised stilts. Canoeing through limestone caves into mangrove forests is typically included on this tour.
(4) Pakarang Beach
The wide sandy beach of Pakarang, is certainly worth a visit. It’s easy to escape from the crowds here and have the beach almost entirely to yourself!
(5) Takua Pa
The town of Takua Pa is about 32 km north of Khao Lak. This district was an important tin dredging area in the first half of the twentieth century. Nowadays there are no signs remaining of the mining, as plantations, mainly rubber, have covered the former dredged areas. Takuapa Old Town dates back to the 13th Century and still holds onto it’s charm of ancient Thai culture. The beautiful Sino-Portuguese architecture and wealth of the community owe their origins to the tin mining industry. The town has its own unique charm with a lot of interesting features and history. It is certainly worth exploring and spending some time here.
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Where to stay
Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa is located on the secluded Pakarang Beach in Khao Lak. The area is very natural and quiet, overlooking a wide stretch of white sand and the Andaman Sea. Just 90 minutes from Phuket International Airport and nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This beachfront resort is a nature lovers’ paradise, featuring two distinct zones on either side of the beautiful lagoon connected by bridge. The Resort Zone has a lively ambiance, while across the bridge at the Villa Zone the village setting offers privacy and tranquillity.
When to stay
November to April is regarded as the high Season in Khao Lak, with Christmas and New Year being particularly popular (most expensive in terms of accommodation rates). In the Green Season, some restaurants, bars and shops close. Accommodation rates generally drop by 50% or more, making Khao Lak an excellent choice for those who prefer more peace and tranquilty to enjoy the natural beauty of the region and nearby National Parks.