|Khao Lak |
It is popular for its serene ambiance and as a departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands. Khao Lak is approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of the island of Phuket along Phetkasem Road (Thai Route 4), one of four major highways in Thailand. Khao Lak is serviced regularly by buses. Phuket International Airport (HKT) is 74 kilometres (46 miles) south on the island of Phuket. Though Thailand's economy is mostly export-dependent, Khao Lak remains mostly tourist-dependent, with surrounding agriculture and commercial fishing making up a small contribution to Thailand's overall economy. Differentiating Khao Lak from neighboring tourist destinations like Phuket are its quiet, up-scale, secluded coastal resorts; uncrowded beaches; family-friendly nighttime environment and provincial ordinances that prohibit structures taller than the height of a coconut palm tree, keeping Khao Lak down to earth.
Taken together, these beaches stretch for some 25 kilometres (16 miles) along the Andaman Sea. All beaches are public, as are all beaches in Thailand.
Bathe with gorgeous Asian elephants in an atmospheric water park that allows you to swim and bond with these gentle giants. After taking a dip alongside these majestic mammals, ride atop one of them through the hills and head down to one of Khao Lak’s beautiful beaches.
Start your day by conveniently getting picked up at your hotel and travel a short distance to the water park. The day's activities begin at a stream-fed lagoon where your bath with elephants both young and old occurs. Immerse yourself in the water alongside these intelligent animals and watch in awe as the cute younger elephants splash around in the area beside you.
On your way back, stop and enjoy the rushing waters of Lam Khen Waterfall before heading back to the water park, where delicious local fruits and refreshments await. The chance to feed the elephants also presents itself, so be sure to take advantage of this great photo opportunity.
►Phang Nga Bay Only one visit to Phang Nga Bay never seems enough. The beautiful scenery of hundreds of limestone formations rising from the calm emerald waters is a sight to be savoured as you drift by the mangrove forests on a traditional long tail boat. Stop by James Bond Island made famous from the film ‘Man with the golden gun’ and Koh Panyee a sprawling sea gypsy village floating on the sea.
►National Parks The national parks in Khaolak have fantastic rivers, mountains and lakes to enjoy trekking, white water rafting, canoeing and elephant rides! Surrounded by stunning landscapes these tours provide unforgettable memories of an unspoilt natural haven.
►Caves There are several caves worth a visit such as Wat Tham Suwankhuha, which is actually a temple inside a cave displaying a large reclining Buddha. The monkeys here are have also made this cave a popular place to visit. You can also check out Tham Reusisawan and Tham Phung Chang to the south of Phang Nga.