Khao Lak is a premium Thai destination for those who love the outdoors and are looking for an unbeatable choice of luxury accommodation. The choice of Khao Lak activities is huge. Its coastline boasts excellent beaches, and the area is surrounded by outstanding National Parks and world renowned diving in the Andaman Sea. When not adventuring, visit the local temples, markets and shops, and enjoy scrumptious Thai food. Or make use of the loungers on the beach or by your resort pool.


Khao Lak activities – sea, jungle, beach or lake? You choose


A number of operators run day trips to the incredible choice of local dive and snorkelling spots. Some of the closest and best known are the nine stunning Similan Islands with their fine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and imposing granite boulders. Ko Tachai is another small island with incredible snorkelling and beaches. Visitors also hike its forests for glimpses of rare birds and wildlife.

The Mu Koh Surin National Park is further offshore, but still accessible as a snorkelling day trip by speed boat.

Khao Sok National Park is another local wonder not to be missed, with a range of tours available. Hike the jungles to visit caves and waterfalls. Or choose from all kinds of water craft – bamboo rafts, canoes or motorboats to explore the majestic Cheow Lan Lake. Its serene tributaries wind through lush, jungle covered mountains.

Plenty of operators run Elephant riding safaris, but if you’d rather not ride elephants, have fun feeding and bathing them instead.

Boat and paddling tours venture south to the dramatic limestone karsts and caves of Phang Nga National Park and its James Bond Island.

Horse lovers won’t be disappointed, with trail rides and beach horse riding available with the Khao Lak Horse Club.

Breathe in more fresh air with a bicycle tour to local beaches, rubber and fruit plantations, and jungle waterfalls.

Reserve Sunday afternoon for wandering the street market in Old Takua Pa and trying out some local street food.

Need a new suit? Khao Lak has a number of tailors ready to measure you up.

Visit the local temples, including the reclining gold Buddha at the Wat Suwannakuha, Buddha Cave Temple.

Also see our Khao Lak and Phuket traveller’s guides