Found in the Takua Pa District, Thailand, the series of villages – Khao Lak, nowadays mainly serves as a tourist destination, but when it comes to beautiful scenery and a dreamy getaway, you might not find better.
Sadly, the history of the modern Khao Lak is quite recent and tragic, as it was essentially erased by the 2004 tsunami, but the town and its tourist industry had relied on and rebounded. It remains quiet, offers secluded beaches, tranquil nights, and family-oriented activities.
If you’re more of a calm, exploration type, this is an ideal place to just relax and take in the surrounding nature.
The coastline villages offer absolutely astonishing hotels and resorts that will leave you in awe. Mix in a good portion of local food and you have a weekend set for relaxation. The region is full of natural wonders, with clean beaches, beautiful blue waters, and rich and dense forests.
This leaves you with many outdoor activities for you to choose from, like scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, golfing, and much more.
When you’re visiting Thailand, you would be missing out if you don’t fully embrace the nature of the country, and if you’re in Khao Lak, you’re in the best place to do just so. The Khao Sok National Park, found between Khao Lak, Phuket, Krabi, and Koh Samui, showcases stunning beauty.
It occupies an area of 739 square kilometers, and within it, you’ll find magnificent limestone cliffs, dream-like waterfalls, and lush, rich native rainforests. A rather unique aspect of the park is that it has the highest annual rainfall in Thailand, 3,500 mm of rain annually.
This leads to the rainforest’s lush and healthy appearance, with 48 species of mammals have found there, with 311 species of birds and 38 species of bats.
Diving and snorkeling is a large part of Khao Lak tourism and there’s a good reason why. When it comes to aquatic animals, you’ll find many exotic and colorful fish, turtles, manta rays, and even sharks. These aquatic animals have seasonal rotations, so make sure to double-check your calendars if this is one of the reasons why you’re interested in traveling to this region.
You’ll be able to find everything the waters of Khao Lak can offer from January through early May and most of everything from late October to December. Unfortunately, this leaves late May to early October pretty much absolutely empty.
If you really want to hit the mark, aim for Spring, as that’s when the water comes to life like no other time throughout the year. Following up with the turtle talk, every year during the first week of March young turtle hatchlings are released back to the sea, which became somewhat of an annual event, where you can also visit the turtle conservatory.
Aquatic life is definitely a big part of the Khao Lak experience.
Even though the region shines most for its beaches and aquatic life, there’s plenty more on the other side – the forest. The aforementioned Khao Sok National Park is most likely the best example, but there’s more to it. Find yourself a bike or even better a motorbike and you’ll be off to explore the surrounding villages for almost a full day.
It’s easy to get lost in the mountainous countryside scenery. This is also one of the better ways to explore the amazing waterfalls found across the province. And after a long day trip on your own or with a tour, you’ll find that the local food is just the right thing to fuel up for the day to follow and relax as the sun makes its way past the horizon.
But if you don’t feel like exploring the Thailand rainforest just yet, feel free to take a look by using one of the free webcams found on this site!