One of the worst affected areas during the tsunami of 2004, Khao Lak has made an incredible recovery. Major hotels – including Le Meridien Khao Lak Beach and Spa Resort, the deluxe Sarojin and the sophisticated La Flora – have re-opened and are more stylish than ever, with new features and better facilities.
Around the area, shops, banks (and cash machines) plus photo shops, bars and new restaurants with tempting menus are all ready to welcome back visitors. Local sightseeing tours around the beautiful national parks continue to operate; with some great activities like elephant trekking, hiking, rafting and sea canoeing. Divers report superb water clarity and excellent diving conditions around the renowned Similan Islands. So if you want to see this naturally beautiful place and experience great hospitality, low prices and no crowds, visit soon; secrets get out quickly.
Khao Lak lies in the Takua-Pa district of Phang-Nga province, in the south of Thailand. Phang-Nga is situated on the West Coast facing the Andaman Sea, and lies within one to two hours driving distance of popular tourist destinations such as Krabi in the east, and Phuket in the south.
A primarily agricultural province, Phang-Nga produces rubber and food crops such as rice, vegetables and fruit. A large proportion of the province is still comprised of forest, much of which is designated national park area.
Khao Lak itself is a national park area, resplendent with rich natural attractions, and a convenient departure point to other of Phang-Nga's many points of interest, including the famous Similan Islands, and Surin Islands in neighbouring Ranong Province.
Khao Lak's strong attraction is the beauty of its natural surroundings -bordering the Andaman Sea on one side, and surrounded by natural forest on other sides. Offering peace and tranquility, the area is reminiscent of Phuket in bygone days, and is the perfect spot to get away from the razzle and dazzle of more populated areas nearby.