Khao Lak

An Oasis of Inspiration

More than just a holiday destination, Khao Lak, meaning 'Mountain by the Sea' is an inspiration. Offering a rare oasis for relaxation, this unspoilt gem is located on the stunning Andaman seaboard, just north of Phuket Island. No less than three national parks and conservation areas are embraced by the surrounding hills that sweep down to this lovely stretch of coastline boasting beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Khao Lak has always been a favourite beach resort destination with scuba divers and families, offering a superb combination of cool tropical forest, lovely beachfront accommodation and expansive white-sand beaches and reefs. Khao Lak is also the stepping stone to some of South-East Asia's most renowned dive sites, the Similian and Surin Islands.

Thai food is a harmonious combination of centuries-old eastern and western influences. Gastronomes love Thailand, not just for the huge variety of authentic cuisine available, but also for the opportunity to learn the secrets of Thai cuisine cookery at an authentic Thai cooking school. Known for its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices, as well as fish sauce called nahm pla, Thai food has been greatly influenced by its neighbours, especially India, China, Malaysia and Laos and meals typically consist of a delicate balance of five flavours: hot (spicy), sour, sweet, salty and bitter.

Insiders' Tips

  • Nature Calls: Khao Lak is Nirvana for nature lovers. There are all manner of natural wonders to spark the imagination of the intrepid at heart, from canoeing and jungle hiking to viewing the array of wildlife.
  • Keeping Active: There are plenty of water-based activities close to hand with the Similan Islands and Surin Islands offering some of the best diving and snorkelling in Asia, and surf board hire also available from Khao Lak.
  • A Chance to Explore True, Undisturbed Nature: Take a trip to Ping Ngan Island where the James Bond movie 'The Man with the Golden Gun' was filmed.

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