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A 20-kilometre stretch of resorts and villages on the scenic Andaman seaboard in the Phang Nga province, Khao Lak offers visitors white sandy beaches, lush green national parks a magnificent karst limestone landscape, a stunning bay and rolling mountains.

A mere hour’s drive from Phuket airport, the beaches in the area were the hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami, but have since bounced back and are now popular with tourists looking for peace, relaxation and leisurely activities.  From Khao Lak, it is also worth visiting the Mu Koh Similan and Mu Koh Surin National Marine Parks as their unspoiled beaches and stunning underwater reef make it a unique place in Thailand.

With its captivating blend of never-ending white sandy beaches, cool tropical forests and world-class hotels, Khao Lak makes for another stunning wedding destination that promises to create everlasting memories.


Do

Go Island hopping: Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Tapu (James Bond Island), Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai

Visit the International Tsunami Museum

Take a cooking class at The Garden Restaurant

Go kayaking with the Khao Lak Mangrove Explorers


Go

Wat Tham

Ruesi Sawan cave

Luk Suea cave

Phang Nga Bay National


Eat

Food in the South of Thailand is influenced by Malay, Indonesian, and Indian cuisines, so expect the food to be slightly different than in the rest of Thailand. This is the place to indulge in massaman curry and khanom jeen (rice noodles in a fish curry). Restaurants in the area also offer international cuisine. Seafood is also a staple in Phang Nga, including shellfish and fresh fish, grilled a la minute.

Esenzi

Little Italy

Siam Turmeric

Sassi’s Beach Club

U-Taro

Baan Srimuang

Give Me Five


Drink or Play

Khao Lak is rather quiet when it comes to nightlife, but you might find good amusement at your hotel’s bar or at the local market.

Sakai Bar

Kokulo Beach Club

Mr. Chay’s Bar

Ayisha Fine Art Fine Wine

Khaolak Monkey Bar

Happy Snapper

Gecko Bar


Shop

As it is more difficult to reach Phang Nga, shopping opportunities are also scarcer, but clothing (including custom-made), accessories, food products (such as dried seafood shrimp paste), and souvenirs (such as rubber tree leaves artificial flowers made by groups of female farmers) can be found in local shops around Phang Nga town and along Highway 4, near Khao Lak.

TT Plaza

Bang Niang Market

Recommended Hotels

JW Marriott Resort & Spa

Apsara Beachfront Resort


Insider Tips

  • The hottest months in Phang Nga are from April to June, with the peak being mid-April, though there is a chance of rain throughout the whole year.
  • The turtle release programme fair is held annually in March and is a unique opportunity to see young turtle hatchlings. 

Getting There

The closest airport to Phang Nga is Phuket, with flights from other cities in Thailand as well as international destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia. Phang Nga is around 90 kilometres away from Phuket and can be reached via bus, rent-a-car, or taxi. It’s also possible to fly to Krabi and then go to Phang Nga over land.