Why visit Khao Lak
The Khao Lak area alone has as much as twelve miles of beaches which you can explore for as long as you want
The mountainous area offers one of the best hiking locations for travelers and tourists
While the Khao Lak village is developing, you can enjoy more traditional culture by visiting the Ban Khao Lak village area.
Similan and Surin islands are just offshore from Khao Lak, and they provide one of the best snorkeling and diving locations in Thailand
The Lampi waterfall is a must-see. More than just taking in the beauty of this natural waterfall, you also get to swim underneath it
The Sunday market is a fantastic place to be if you’re staying over the weekend
There is an extensive collection of great restaurants and cafes in this emerging resort town.
How to reach Khao Lak
Khao Lak is a small town on the west coast of Thailand in Phang Nga province. It is playing home to very long beautiful beaches and spectacular islands within easy reach. Situated relatively close to Phuket airport too, accessibility is not an issue for this laid back place. Khao Lak is 2 hours drive from Phuket and the same distance from Krabi. The most popular Similan Islands are within 1 hour by boat from Khao Lak. At the same time, the Surin Islands are almost double the distance by sea from Khao Lak.
Best time in Khao Lak
The best time to visit Khao Lak is from October until May. The reason is Khao Lak experiences two distinctive seasons – wet (May to October) and dry (November to April). October till May is also the best time to visit nearby Similan Islands and Surin Islands for snorkeling and diving. The sea is generally calm and perfect for island hopping from Khao Lak. Water visibility is at its best, with most of the snorkeling spots nearby Khao Lak being vivid with marine life. April and May are your best months to encounter whale sharks in Similan Islands and snorkeling with turtles in Surin Islands.
Khao Lak or Phuket
Phuket is a worthy comparison to Khao Lak, seeing as they are about 2 hours apart. The first bane of contrast here is landmass, a criterion which recognizes Phuket tackle Khao Lak to the floor. Since the latter is also a small village, it doesn’t have near the number or quality of beaches you will find on Phuket. However, the serenity of this location is unmatched. Even though Phuket can be tranquil too, it is nowhere near the calm and romantic environment you’ll find in Khao Lak.
Khao Lak or Krabi
Even though Khao Lak is a mountainous area, Krabi is better in terms of scenery due to the formation and presence of its limestone mountains. However, Krabi’s beaches are much shorter – and development takes the natural kick out of them. That is unlike Khao Lak, where you get vast expanses of scarcely developed beachfront to explore. Divers and jungle action lovers will also prefer the natural set up in and around Khao Lak. The magical location slips back when it comes to rock climbing, though, losing points to Krabi. Overall, look for the activities you are more interested in, and let those guide your choice.
Khao Lak or Koh Samui
Depending on what time of the year you are going, both locations could be fantastic. Koh Samui could be the pricier of both options, but you get the value for your money once you get to the area. If things like the location from the airport are significant for you, Koh Samui is also the ideal location. Opting for that means you might never get to pass through the celebrity island Phuket, though. Besides those, there is really not much to separate these two fantastic holiday destinations.