Khao Lak Travel Guide


Khao Lak is perfect for a family vacation. The scenic Khao Lak has remained comfortably peaceful. Clear diving waters and interesting excursion destinations await nearby. Khao Lak is one of the most comfortable resorts in Thailand, with attractive beaches and diving opportunities.


A green beach paradise

Khao Lak is located on the west coast of Thailand, north of the holiday island of Phuket. Khao Lak is a fairly recent acquaintance as a resort, as the first tourist influx in the village was not experienced until the late 90s.

The Christmas tsunami in 2004 particularly affected the Khao Lak area and caused great damage. More than 4,000 people lost their lives in a relatively small area. After a quick reconstruction, the destination was once again ready to welcome tourists.

Khao Lak is especially known for its beaches and diving opportunities – for many travelers, Khao Lak’s 10-kilometer-long sand dunes and small coves in the surrounding area are the main focus of the holiday. The city is lush and loosely built, a real oasis compared to many Thai holiday towns. The beach and promenade are the main areas of Khao Lak.

The most famous attractions in the area are Khao Lak Lamru National Park and the nearby Similan Islands for scuba diving. Khao Lak is well suited for beach and active holidaymakers as well as families with children.

Khao Lak Resort

Khao Lak Resort has services for all types of vacationers.

The tropical climate warms

Khao Lak has a tropical climate and is warm enough in every season. Mercury rises to around 30 degrees year-round, and drops almost never below 20 degrees.

The actual high season in Khao Lak is the winter months, when rainfall is low. In the summer, from May to September, Khao Lak has a rainy season when violent deaf people get wet effectively. However, heavy rains often pass quickly.

Especially in October-November in Khao Lak, there can be strong winds, making diving and swimming difficult.

The beaches of Khao Lak

Nature and beaches are the two factors that attracted the first tourists to Khao Lak. For example, White Sand Beach has not been named for a reason. Beaches in the area include Nang Thong, Bang Niang, Khuk Khak, Pakweep and Bang Sak.

The beaches in the Khao Lak area are soft sand, gently deepening and clear water, so they are also suitable for children. However, the tidal variability is great on the shores of Khao Lak and there are also underwater currents on the shores. A swimming ban at the resort should be taken seriously.

Diving in the Similan Islands

Khao Lak has good activities for hobbies and excursions. You can also go hiking around Khao Lak.

Diving and Snorkeling are Khao Lak’s number one hobbies. The resort has a Finnish Raya Divers diving center, which organizes courses and excursions for both beginners and experienced divers. Excursions lead to the Similan Islands National Park.

The quiet village of Khao Lak has almost no nightlife except for the casual bars.



The popularity of the resort guarantees a great accommodation setting.

For a package trip or self-catering holiday

Khao Lak is most conveniently reached via Phuket International Airport. Phuket is about a hundred kilometers from Khao Lak, and a bus ride from the airport to the resort takes a couple of hours. All the largest domestic tour operators make package tours to Khao Lak.

There are direct leisure flights from Finland to Phuket, in addition to which there are alternative connections. Prices for flights to Phuket usually start at around € 500, but the hawk can get there even cheaper.

Hotels and accommodation in

A lot of hotels have risen to Khao Lak, located in clusters surrounded by shops and restaurants. Hotels can be found especially in the vicinity of the new city center, but also next to jungle-like parks.

Khao Lak offers quality holiday and family hotels as well as budget accommodation. Luxury hotels in Thailand are also high quality and relatively inexpensive. On average, a hotel night in Khao Lak costs around 30-60 euros.

Jump on the bus or tuk-tuk

In Khao Lak, you can get there by platform taxi, bus, taxi or rental car. Basic things like shop, beach and restaurant visits are usually successful on foot.

There is an affordable option for a pallet, especially for shorter trips and the trip costs a couple of euros. For longer journeys, buses provide good connections to Phuket Town and Krabi, among others.

An easy way to get around and around Khao Lak is to rent a car or scooter. You can grab a rental car from the airport through an international rental company. However, it is good to remember that the traffic culture in Thailand is very different from in Finland. The traffic is on the left.

Long-tailed boats and rafts are the most convenient navigation games for navigating the archipelago. The Similan Islands, for example, can be reached with many tour operators and diving centers.



Khao Lak is easy to make diving trips to.

Koh Similan Islands

The islands of Koh Similan are one of the most famous diving destinations in Thailand and around the world. The Similan Islands National Park consists of nine almost uninhabited islands, in the waters of which you can encounter exotic seafood from turtles to octopuses. The seawater temperature in the archipelago approaches 30 degrees all year round.

The sculptures of the Similan Islands can be explored in Khao Lak, for example, under the guidance of the diving guides of the Finnish Raya Divers.

Tsunami Museum

Khao Lak has monuments dedicated to the 2004 tsunami and a tsunami museum. The tragedy, which claimed more than 200,000 victims internationally, also swept over Khao Lak, destroying hotels, restaurants and settlements.

The Khao Lak International Tsunami Museum is a small but important site. Tourists should check it out to see what the locals had to go through when they saw their homes, loved ones and jobs disappear in one day.

Khao Lak Lamru National Park

Khao Lak Lamru is one of the national parks in the Khao Lak area. The area of ​​more than 120 square kilometers is mainly a tropical forest, which is inhabited and inhabited by numerous animal species. The park is also known for its waterfalls.

The park can be explored on foot or by hiking along two routes. One of the trails takes you to a great vantage point, the other to the sandy beach.

Ton Chong Fan Waterfall

A short distance north of Bang Niang, Ton Chong Fan Waterfall is a great place to cool off in the heat of Thailand. The waterfall consists of five different levels, and access to all of these requires good condition. There is an entrance fee of 200 baht, or about six euros. There are no services in the jungle, so book water and snacks.

Wat Suwan Khuhan Temple

Wat Suwan Khuha or Wat Tham is a fascinating cave temple located in Tambon Krasom. The temple area consists of several large and smaller caves. The largest mouth of the cave leads to an old place of worship, the walls of which are colorfully decorated. There are also numerous Buddha statues in the temple.



Khao Lak is well suited for a relaxing holiday.

The best attractions in Khao Lak

  1. The beaches of Khao Lak
  2. Koh Similan Islands
  3. Khao Lak Lamru National Park
  4. Wat Suwan Khuhan Temple
  5. Chong Fah Waterfall