Rafting in Khao Lak Exploring Khao Lak by raft – image courtesy of Khao Lak Bhandari Resort & Spa

Khao Lak Sights & Attractions

Khao Lak offers a choice of sightseeing attractions including the lush natural jungle of Khao Lak Lam Ru National Marine Park.

Go diving and snorkelling in the offshore Similan Islands and Koh Surin, or explore by foot, 4WD or elephant the lush natural jungle of Khao Lak Lam Ru National Marine Park.

The park is bisected by streams and sparkling waterfalls such as Lam Phi Falls and Chong Fah Falls, where you can cool off with a swim in the nature-sculpted rock pools beneath the cascades.

Ko Kho Khao beach

Ko Kho Khao

To the north of Khao Lak lies this mainly grassy island that is home to an endless casuarina-fringed white-sand beach.

Unwind at the Kib Resort & Spa (photo), and watch out for the sea turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in the island’s sands between November and February every year.

elephant trekking at Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Explore on foot or by elephant this 125km² national park that embraces a diverse landscape including beach, sea cliff and estuary, mangrove, waterfall, rolling green hills and a pristine tropical evergreen forest.

Follow the easy 3km round-trip nature trail that winds along the shoreline to Hat Lek Beach or choose from a series of trails to visit cascades that plunge into natural rock pools that are perfect for a refreshing swim.

Along the way, look out for wildlife including hornbills, drongos, tapirs, gibbons, monkeys, Asiatic black bears, wild pigs, barking deer, macaques and pythons.

Hat Thai Mueang National Park

Once the site of several tin mining enterprises, this 72km² national park offers a network of scenic trails that wind through tropical jungle filled with wildlife including more than 180 species of birds, 64 species of mammals and 57 types of reptiles.

Hike through the pristine jungle to picturesque waterfalls such as Tohn Prai Falls and try to spot tapirs, sun bears and pythons as oriental honey buzzards and black-thighed falcons soar overhead.

Along the coast lie the 13km-long casuarina-fringed white sands of Hat Thai Mueang, a favourite nesting ground for Ridley and leatherback turtles who arrive annually between November and April; ask the park ranger if you can watch the nesting.

The Department of Fisheries protects the raising of sea turtles and in March there is a seven-day festival at Hat Tai Mueang where rangers release the young turtles.

Hot Springs

Unwind in hot natural spring water said to be good for the relief of arthritis as well as mental and physical stress, among other benefits. Try the mineral-rich Ban Bor Dan Hot Springs or Kapong Hot Springs, located just 40km north and southwest of Phang Nga town respectively.

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Latest update: Khao Lak Sights & Attractions: 18 November, 2018

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