• Khao Lak

Khao Lak Holidays

Khao Lak holidays are the perfect way to rejuvenate your soul. The crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea touch deserted white sands along a beautiful coastline that stretches out as far as your eyes can see. Only an hour north of the perennially popular resort of Phuket, a holiday on Khao Lak beach is like being tucked away into your own corner of paradise. You will discover a sense of tranquility in the hidden gem of Khao Lak, which is brimming with luxurious beach resorts that are surrounded by natural beauty.

Khao Lak is home to three national parks, mountainous landscapes, and lush jungles teeming with nature and wildlife that are just waiting for you to explore.

Unspoilt nature on Khao Lak holidays

After spending time appreciating the sea and sand at your Khao Lak resort, you can venture out and enjoy the many things to do in Khao Lak.

Go on a day hike to the Chong Fa Waterfall where you can enjoy a cold plunge in the pools.

We highly recommend that you plan an overnight stay at Elephant Hills luxury tented camp, where you can observe elephants in their wild forested habitat during a jungle safari.

The coastline of Khao Lak looks outwards to neighbouring island that dot the horizon. Head to to the pristinely beautiful Similan Islands where you can enjoy close encounters with the extraordinary marine life during a scuba diving experience.

Visit the International Tsunami Museum Memorial to find out more about the tragic natural disaster in 2004. Take in the many colourful markets located nearby, where you can witness a huge amounts of handicrafts, such as intricately-carved soaps and decorative paper lanterns.

Spend an evening shopping and eating tasty and authetni Thai street food dish favourites, such as Pad Thai or Gay Yang (grilled chicken) at the open air night market in Bang Niang.

Khao Lak holidays are ideal if you’ve spent time in the hustle and bustle of nearby Bangkok, and will perfectly complement your time in the capital.

Destination Highlights
  • Relax and unwind on stunning sands and return completely refreshed after your Khao Lak holidays
  • Explore neighbouring islands of Similan or Surin where you can experience the marine life with a spot of snorkelling
  • Go beyond Khao Lak beach and experience hiking and panoramic views in the great outdoors
  • Stay in a luxury tented camp overnight and go on a jungle safari where, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot wild elephants

Our favourite hotels

For your Khao Lak holiday, whether you fancy being a stone’s throw from the beach, nestled in the rainforest or experience luxury in one of the delightful Khao Lak resorts, we can help you find your dream accommodation. Browse our handpicked favourite hotels in Khao Lak.

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Hive Khao Lak Beach Resort

Khao Lak

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Guide Price

 £1,299  pp

Hive Khao Lak Beach Resort
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La Vela, Khao Lak

Khao Lak

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Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £1,899  pp

La Vela, Khao Lak
Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Khao Lak

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,699  pp

Khao Lak Merlin Resort

Time Zone

+7 GMT

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days.

Language

Thai - but English is widely spoken

Health Information

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.

First and foremost Khao Lak is an idyllic beach destination – but this is not the whole story. There are lush rain forests to explore, wildlife to encounter, temples and waterfalls to visit. Delightful markets and poignant museums to experience. Many of the hotels have in-house spa’s which are just perfect for an indulgent treatment, and water sports for you to try. Interesting classes are also available in things like Muay Thai Boxing, yoga and cooking.

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    Local Life Tour

    Take half a day to see how local Thai people live.

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    Wildlife in Khao Lak

    A visit to Khao Lak won't be short of wildlife spectacles and bounds of natural beauty.

  • Dragon Descendants Museum Suphanburi

    Thailand Festivals

    Thailand plays host to countless festivals and events throughout the year.

  • Thai Street Food

    Street food stalls are dotted throughout Thailand's streets in every city and town and offer a great way to taste authentic Thailand.

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31ºC
30mm

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33ºC
33mm

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33ºC
79mm

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33ºC
115mm

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32ºC
253mm

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31ºC
238mm

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30ºC
256mm

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30ºC
314mm

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30ºC
347mm

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30ºC
352mm

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30ºC
189mm

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30ºC
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    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “A fabulously fun place to spend an afternoon in Khao Lak during the months between September and April is Memories Bar. It’s at the northern end of Khuk Khak Beach and is a lively spot with great food and lots of leisure activities such as volleyball, surfing and even Thai cooking classes. After the sun goes down, dancing and fire shows on the beach commence. All ages are welcome."

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “Leave the beach behind and take a hike to one of the many waterfalls close to Khao Lak. After a walk in the heat, a refreshing swim in the cool waterfall ponds is a fantastic reward."

  • Nick, Senior Destination Manager

    Nick

    Senior Destination Manager

    "Its worth spending a few hours at Bang Niang Market for some lunch and shopping. There's authentic Thai street food alongside the usual market stalls, all within the chaotic and fun atmosphere that is typical of local markets in Thailand."

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Khao Lak holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Turtle Festival

    Khao Lak is known for its sea turtle sanctuary and during the month of March the area comes alive with celebrating these great marine creatures. Turtle Festival is held during the week when thousands of Leatherback and Olive Ridley turtles are released from the sanctuary’s nursery back into the sea at Thai Muang National Park beach.

Types of Khao Lak holidays

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Khao Lak Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The easiest way to get to Khao Lak, is to fly into Phuket - then take a road transfer. This will take around 75 minutes. 

 The cost of living is generally quite low in Thailand – unless you are dining at a Michelin star restaurant of course. Prices on the smaller islands are more expensive than the mainland or larger islands. A simple lunch for two will cost you around THB400, and a local beer like Chang, or Singha, will cost around THB100.  

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