Discover the amazing beauty of Southern Thailand, 3 reasons to visit Khao Lak
The South of Thailand consist of a lot of beautiful islands from the Gulf of Thailand: Koh Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan or more to the West: the islands in the Bay of Phang Nga like Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai and so many more.
We made the choice to go to Khao Lak so we could visit some islands in the Andaman Sea but also discover Khao Sok NP.
The South of Thailand has so much to offer, stunning nature, amazing beaches, beautiful islands and so much more.
How to get there?
We took a flight from Bangkok to Phuket with Thai Airways (about 1 hour flight). From Phuket it’s about 1,5-hour drive to Khao Lak.
You could drive by car from Bangkok via Hua Hin, but that’s a long drive. Flying is the best option and if you book in advance prices are quite cheap too.
Where to stay?
There are a lot of possibilities to choose from. As I am more into luxury we stayed at the beautiful and recent hotel: Grand Mercure Khao Lak . This luxurious beachfront hotel was amazing. The rooms are all very comfortable, spacious and have an attractive interior design. We booked a deluxe room and had a beautiful terrace near the water, a luxurious bathroom, a big closet, separate toilet and a very comfy bed.
There are loungers on the beach or you can decide to stay at the pool. During April there are a lot of jelly fish in the ocean, so it’s not recommended to swim.
For dinner and lunch, you can choose between the a la carte restaurant or the main restaurant which offers another theme buffet each day. Snacks are also available at the poolbar.
I recommend walking on the beach and there you will find a lot of restaurants run by local people, where you can have a great dinner at much cheaper prices than in the hotel.
Tip: don’t forget the flashlight from your room as there are many little crabs moving around on the beach in the dark.
Things to do:
There are a lot of options to choose from, we did the following tours:
Surin and/or Similan Islands.
Both island groups on the West-coast have beautiful diving and snorkeling options. We did the Similan Islands tour with Seastar Andaman . The fun thing about this tour is that you are together with a lot of locals (we were almost the only foreigners). You can go snorkeling on two different reefs, a lunch is provided on Koh Miang. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to climb up to Sailing rock where you have an excellent view on Koh Similan.
As this tour is one of the cheapest options a lot of locals will join you and it can be a bit crowded.
Koh Phi Phi, Maya Bay and Monkey beach
This tour was completely different, we joined 5 star Marine in Phuket to go for a private tour to Phi Phi Island. We loved this tour because we had the boat for ourselves and could decide which islands we wanted to visit. The ride from Khao Lak to Phuket took quite some time (around 1,5 hour). Phi Phi Islands are a group of 6 islands but only one of these has developments like a hotel, restaurants and bars. On this island we had lunch at the Hippie bar & restaurant.
Visiting Maya beach, known from the movie ‘the beach’ with Leonardo Di Caprio (2000) was an amazing experience. We were very lucky, as it had been closed for a few years to restore the reefs, it only recently reopened. Unfortunately, swimming is still not allowed.
We went snorkeling at Pileh Lagoon and Nui Beach, both amazing locations with beautiful reefs, crystal clear waters and a lot of colorful fishes.