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Highlights in Khaolak

PHANGNGA BAY

Khao Lak has such a beautiful coastline that it would be a shame not to take an excursion, whether it’s a short cruise or a day trip to some of the nearby islands and beaches. Phang Nga Bay is one popular option, legendary for its impressive limestone formations and secret caves and lagoons. The bay itself is home to a sea gypsy village supported on stilts in the water with an enormous limestone rock as a dramatic backdrop. Famous of all in this area is Tapu Island, more often called ‘James Bond Island’ due to its part in the film 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. The natural formation rises 20 meters above sea level and makes an exceptional photo for any traveller or tourist.

PHANGA ELEPHANT PARK

Phang Nga Elephant Park is a small family-run Park. Our family has cared for elephants for over 150 years, with each generation learning something new about the Asian elephant and their welfare. The Park is like a typical small, rural Thai village, where thirty people live and work together with their elephants and families.

Animal welfare is paramount at Phang Nga Elephant Park. We consider that responsible and ethical elephant tourism will help to save the Asian elephant, but requires the highest level of care and husbandry. We are AGAINST unnatural and abusive practices and strive constantly to improve animal welfare and to promote education.

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTER

Phang-nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center (also known as “Turtle Heaven”) was founded in 1985. It originally was set up as Phang-nga Mollusk Culture Research Station to produce cockle, oyster seeds, and shrimp larvae. Later on in 2002, it was then promoted to Phang-nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Center.

The center is located along Thai Muang Beach in Phang-nga Province or about 30 kilometers south of downtown Khao Lak. Total area of the center is around 37 acres. The center is a government agency taken care by Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Bureau, Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

NATIONAL PARK

One of the main attractions of staying in Khao Lak is the national parks nearby. Khao Lak Lam Ru, Khao Sok Thai Muang, and Sri Phang Nga are all within exploring distance offering a welcome break from the modern world and numerous sightseeing trips for nature lovers. At the parks you can go trekking and spot all kinds of wildlife and be amazed at the landscape of towering limestone and granite peaks, crystal-clear waters, thundering waterfalls, exotic plants, and ancient rainforests.

Ton Chong Fa and Sai Rung Lampi are some of the most impressive waterfalls in the parks, the best time of the year to take a dip in their cool clear waters is between July to December.

SIMILAN ISLANDS

The Similan Islands are very easy to visit as speedboats leave for their stunning shores every day, from late October through to early May, on diving and snorkelling trips. Pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear water, beautiful rock formations and an astonishing variety of marine life amongst the fan coral gardens, from small reef fish and turtles to parrotfish and leopard sharks. Yearly opening from 15 October – 15 May

SURIN ISLANDS

Popular for its coral gardens and white beaches, Surin Islands are one of the most famous diving and marine life viewing sites in the world, no doubt the best in Thailand. The islands are within Mu Ko Surin National Park.

The islands are one of the very few untouched places in Thailand. Other than a small Moken village and park premises, there are no other buildings on the islands. Yearly opening from 15 October – 15 May

TEMPLE

Immerse yourself in the mystery of an ancient culture with a trip to one of the Buddhist temples in Khao Lak. Wat Bang Riang, ‘Pagoda Temple’ is a hilltop temple atop Khao Lan Mountain with golden Buddha images and interesting architecture, whilst Tham Suwan Kuha Temple is extraordinary as it’s located inside a large natural cavern set into a limestone mountain with a 15-metre reclining gold Buddha inside.

LOCAL MARKET

Bang Niang market is the largest in the area and is held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. It’s an exciting place to visit with a delicious selection of street food, fried chicken, Thai fabrics, unique souvenirs, fresh fruits, and fruits and vegetables. Try a sugarcane juice or a fresh coconut from one of the stalls and take this opportunity to taste some of Thailand’s best desserts.

TABLAMU GOLF COURSE

Spend an afternoon playing golf at one of the nearby international golf courses. Tablamu Royal Navy Golf Course offers an 18-hole layout and has some fantastic views as it plays along the Andaman Sea with the Phuket Mountains in the distance, whilst Kirinara Golf Course is a stunning Japanese designed 9-hole course with mountain streams, dense palm trees and mountainous slopes.

KIRINARA GOLF COURSE

KIRINARA was designed with the intent of preserving the surrounding nature. Alligned with this, an untouched stream from the mountain is the main source of water that feeds into our 9 hole golf course. The combination of long and short holes, dense palm trees, water hazards, tough greens and mountainous slopes calls for an exciting round of golf. These natural qualities in addition to superb designs brings together a beautiful and challenging course for every level of golfer.