Located in Phang Nga province, Khao Lak is a tourist town on the western coastline of southern Thailand. Set on the Andaman Sea, Khao Lak is 100 km north of Phuket Town and caters for families and holiday makers looking to relax, leaving the party scene of Phuket behind.
Named after the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, Khao Lak covers 150 sq km including Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Thai Muang and Amphoe Takua Pa. Gaining in popularity, particularly with European visitors, the region is quiet and somewhat undeveloped allowing you to enjoy the picturesque island coast environment.
There are a wide variety of accommodation options in Khao Lak with everything ranging from luxury resorts to family friendly hotels and budget accommodation. Many of the large hotels offer shuttle services to Bang La On in Khao Lak's centre. Approximately 20 minutes by taxi or shuttle, Bang La On is ideal for families and is home to a great range of shopping, dining, bars and entertainment.
The majority of accommodation is located in Bang La On meaning your options are many and varied including 4.5 star to bungalow resorts although most accommodation is primarily 3 to 4 star. Bang Niang is a smaller region that is favoured by couples, offering a good selection of shopping, dining and entertainment options but in a quiet and more relaxed environment. Khuk Khak also offers a handful of shops and restaurants.
The beautiful Khao Lak Beach is just south of Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park and is home to the popular Merlin Resort. Its proximity to the National Park makes exploring the beauty of the is destination a popular way to spend your time however there are also a number of other activities and attractions in Khao Lak including Chong Fah Waterfall, Takuapa & Old Town, Lampi Waterfall, Khao Sok National Park, Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, Cheow Lan Lake and Rachaphrapha Dam and Saori Foundation Centre.