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Khao Lak Holidays

Set within the stunning Phang Nga Province in southern Thailand – famed for its limestone karsts and emerald-green waters – Khao Lak is a low-key, easy going and refreshingly uncrowded destination. With white sand beaches, mangroves and jungle-clad interiors filled with waterfalls and hiking trails, Khao Lak holidays are great for nature lovers.

Conveniently located an hour's drive from Phuket, this is a great base to explore the area around the Andaman coastline where you’ll find some of the best snorkelling and diving spots in Thailand. Or mix beach-time with jungle adventures in Khao Sok National Park, home to the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world.

While blessed with year-round warm weather thanks to its tropical climate, the best time to visit Khao Lak is between November and April. This is typically the cooler, drier season filled with sunshine and ideal conditions for beach days and exploring the underwater world with excellent visibility for spotting turtles, manta rays and even whale sharks. And when it comes to places to stay on your holiday, you’ll be spoilt for choice with our selection of resorts. For romantic escapes, you cannot go wrong with The Sarojin, a boutique property where cabanas draped in white linen edge the swimming pool and the all-day a la carte breakfast includes sparkling wine! If you're travelling as a family, the 4* Apsara Beachfront Resort & Villa is a great choice, with family surfing lessons, an indoor kids’ area, an outdoor playground and dedicated children’s pool plus fun waterslide.

Whatever you're looking to get out of your Khao Lak holiday, our travel experts will help you find the best resort – and arrange the most convenient flight times – to this west coast destination in Thailand.

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Khao Lak Holidays Travel Information

Daily flights depart from a number of UK airports 

  • Currency: Thai Baht 
  • Time difference: GMT+7 
  • Flight from the UK: 11½ hours to Phuket 
  • VisaNo - 30 days on arrival  
  • Language: Thai
  • National drink: Mekhong Whiskey 
  • National dish: Pad Thai

Travel Tips & Advice for Khao Lak

Khao Lak Activities

With a multitude of stunning beaches, Khao Lak is a great place to try your hand at watersports including kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. Snorkelling and diving is excellent here, particularly around the Similan and Surin Islands set within a protected marine park If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, you could trek through Khao Lak National Park or enjoy one of the local golf courses. Many resorts offer bike hire, allowing you to see more of the local area on two wheels and for a reasonable price. However, for those who want nothing but R&R, Khao Lak holidays are a perfect choice. Head to one of the sandy, yet uncrowded, beaches such as Owtang Beach, where you'll be guaranteed gorgeous sands, as well as peace and quiet.

Khao Lak Food & Drink

The luxury hotels and resorts in Khao Lak are renowned for the range and quality of their food and drink, whether you're enjoying fine dining in the moonlight or just a casual meal by the pool. A large selection of refreshing drinks and cocktails are always on offer. Make sure to sample the famous Mekhong whiskey, a staple drink bottled in Thailand. Or head out for dinner at one of the local restaurants, serving their version of authentic Thai cuisine, or explore one of the area’s night markets - the one in Bang Niang is popular - to sample street food including spring rolls, seafood and more. And, of course, don't forget to seek out Pad Thai during your stay, a much-loved noodle dish made with meat and vegetables and the mix of sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavours that Thai food is well-known for.

Khao Lak Attractions

The surrounding and immediate region hosts a number of stunning natural attractions. From Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park - where you can spot black bears and monkeys - to the vast caves at Wat Tham Suwankhuha, there’s plenty of beauty spots to explore. Don’t forget about Tham Phung Chang caves, and the amazing three-level Lampi Waterfall as both are guaranteed to take your breath away. You'll also find a range of natural hot springs to soak your troubles away in, such as Ban Do Dan Springs and Rommanee Hot Springs. Khao Lak is also home to some beautiful cultural sites that highlight the heritage and religion of the area, such as the Komniyoket Temple, the shrine to a wizard at Chao Pho Khao Lak or the ornate archway and golden Buddha at the Padungthomphotiwa Temple.

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