Khao Lak, Southern Thailand 

A more chilled, family friendly parts of Thailand. The resort also attracts lots of older couples, who walk hand in hand along the beach. The beaches are very quiet with lots of space for everyone and the sunsets in are absolutely georgous.


Apart from relaxing on the beach, snorkelling and diving are the two main activities here. Those looking for something extra special head over to the Similan Islands. I don’t dive, but I’ve been told it’s extremely beautiful here and very expensive in comparison to other places in Thailand.


On Boxing Day 2004 Southern Thailand and as far away as Africa and Sri Lanka were hit by a devastating tsunami. It destroyed the holiday resorts and killed an estimated 230,000 people. Khao Lak was one of the areas worst effected.

Near to the Police Boat (which was dragged inland by the waves) is a small museum, designed to explain what happened on 26th December and educate what to do if a tsunami hits again. There are TVs showing footage from holidaymakers and a documentary about the aftermath. I found this really difficult to watch.

I also visited the National Tsunami Museum a bit further up the road. The content isn’t very well presented and I felt the building was a bit neglected.


Monkey Dive Hostel has a great location off the main road and within 10 minutes walk of the beach. It’s very clean with spacious rooms and aircon. I didn’t like that the room I was in had no windows.

There is a little restaurant opposite which does great cheap food from an enormous menu.


The nearest airport is in Phuket and it’s about a two hour drive from there to Khao Lak. You could also fly into Krabi but the transfer would be longer. 

Buses run between Khao Lak, Khao Sok National Park, Krabi Town and Ao Nang.

Explore the rest of Thailand’s Islands and Beaches.

Visited January 2017

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