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Must-See Places to Visit When You’re in Khao Lak

February 16, 2020
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Are you planning a trip to Thailand in search of beautiful scenery and outdoor fun? While we can guarantee that you’ll find both in Khao Lak, we also recommend that you travel a bit further from your hotel to make the most of your time there.

In this article, we’ll go over two places that we recommend you visit on your next trip to Khao Lak. We’ll talk about what makes these destinations so special, how to get there, and what you can expect when you finally do.

1. Koh Kho Khao

Koh Kho Khao is a quiet island getaway found to the north of Khao Lak. The place is not frequently visited by tourists, but a beautiful beach that stretches the entire length of its western shores offers a much-needed respite from the dizzying crowds. There, you can leisurely pass the time in a handful of resorts that dot the area or engage in water activities for some fun in the sun.

// How to get there:

If you begin your voyage from Khao Lak, you can take a 30-minute drive north followed by a 10-minute ferry ride to get to Koh Kho Khao. There are several options for the drive. You can take public transportation or rent your own vehicle to reach the pier and from there, you’ll just hop on the next ferry to reach the island.

// What to expect:

Since Koh Kho Khao is relatively underdeveloped, you won’t find as many establishments and businesses in the area as you would in more popular destinations. There’s only one main road on the island, and you can use it to venture out to nearby plantations, Buddhist temples, and small communities. If you visit at the right times, however, you might be able to catch a rare glimpse of sea turtles laying their eggs on the beach.

2. Surin Islands

The Surin Islands is a group of five small islands in the Andaman Sea. The archipelago, together with its surrounding waters, are all part of Mo Ko Surin National Park. Collectively, they are known as the best diving and snorkeling spots in Thailand. If you’re planning to visit, know that there are no resorts in the entire park, although you can stay at either of two designated campsites or rent a bungalow by the beach.

// How to get there:

Getting to the Surin Islands from Khao Lak involves a pretty long journey, so you might want to set an early alarm. First, you’ll have to reach Kura Buri Pier which is about a 1.5-hour drive away. From there, you’ll need to get on a boat to finally reach the Surin Islands. Renting a speedboat is the most time-efficient way of completing this leg of the journey, as ferry rides can take at least double the amount of time.

// What to expect:

Diving into the clear, blue waters of the Surin Islands will quickly make the long trip worthwhile. The marine life found in the area is among the most diverse in the world, and you’ll be able to take it all in due to the excellent visibility that’s found underwater. Above the surface, you can spot migratory birds and other wild creatures in great numbers. One of the islands is also home to the Moken people, a once-nomadic sea tribe that has settled in the area.

Final words

Khao Lak is undeniably a gorgeous place to stay and fill an entire itinerary with experiences that you won’t soon forget. However, not far from this oasis are some of the best natural attractions you’ll find in Thailand. If you ever find yourself in this corner of the world, make sure you consider taking a day trip to these places and you surely won’t regret doing so. If you’re looking for a resort in Khao Lak, get in touch with us today to book your stay.