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An ideal stop-over destination for diving opportunities, this peaceful island enjoys bronze beaches and stunning landscapes.
Hemming the Andaman Sea, Khao Lak is a sleepy beach resort just one hour's drive north of Phuket island. Miles of glorious unspoilt beach sit against a lush jungle backdrop, and local waters are renowned for their wonderful marine life.
Khao Lak Thailand is positioned on the azure Andaman coastline only one hour’s drive north of Phuket and has remained a paradise untouched by the masses. Travel with Kuoni to this sleepy picturesque beach resort, home to lush jungle, beautiful sands and clear waters abundant in marine life. With a stunning backdrop of green palm groves, lakes and rubber and coco plantations, Khao Lak is ideal for those seeking a more secluded holiday boasting a family friendly environment with most restaurants and shops located in Bang La On.
After suffering with the devastating effects of the 2004 tsunami, Khao Lak has taken great pride in the fast re-build of this charming island. With a fine selection of hotels that overlook the glistening Andaman Sea, Khao Lak has once again become a popular resort for families and those wanting to discover the world beneath the water as far as the islands of Surin and Similan. Dive deep amongst the many coral reefs that await beneath the surface, and come face-to-face with such intriguing creatures as damsels, triggerfish, parrotsfish, surgeonfish and lionfish to name but a few. The most popular reef near to Khao Lak is the Similan Island reefs and can be experienced by all ages and levels of diving experience, with depths ranging from two to thirty-five metres.
With over 12 miles of golden sands to choose from, Khao Lak will never feel overcrowded. However, the quieter beaches such as Hat Bang Niang, located to the north of Hat Khao Lak, is the ideal spot to experience a true taste of romantic seclusion.
To experience the original beauty of Khao Lak, travel south of Hat Khao Lak to the Lam Ru National Park, a 75 square metre region of golden beaches cosseted by sea cliffs, with a dramatic backdrop of estuaries, verdant rolling hills that reach 1000 metres high and lush valleys dominated by sleepy mangroves. Amongst this Asian forest, wildlife such as gibbons, Asiatic black bears, tapirs and multitudinous bird species make their habitat. Be sure to visit the visitors centre’s open air restaurant that overlooks the ocean beyond and below. From here, embark on a guided nature tour along the cape and into the oasis of calm that is Hat Lek beach.
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