Vacations to Khao Lak, Thailand

On the southeast coast of the Thai mainland you'll find a series of small villages, collectively known as Khao Lak. Its long, calm beaches are dotted with hotels, bars, restaurants and pop-up markets that make it a perfect vacation location, but it offers much more than that. From Khao Lak, day trips to the Similan and Surin Islands and Khao Sok National Park are easy. The large beach area at Nang Thong is the most popular while the more secluded Khao Lak beach in the south is more peaceful.

The nine granite Similan Islands are famous worldwide for their incredible marine life and can be reached by speedboat from Khao Lak in just over an hour. Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts will be in their element here with spectacular coral reefs and boulders beneath the surface. Meanwhile, in the jungle you’ll find monkeys, lizards and langurs among the gum tree and bamboo. After a day exploring, the aptly named Sunset Point is a 20-minute walk from the visitor center at Ko Miang through the forest, where you can end your day with a spectacular view.

The Surin Islands are about an hour away by speedboat too and divers won’t be disappointed here either, with the best coral to be found on the eastern coast of the archipelago. You’ll likely spot a cute sea turtle or two, plus manta rays and whale sharks. The South Surin Island is also the home of the Moken people, an ancient community of sea-nomads who spend much of their lives on boats, called ‘kabangs’. You can visit their traditional village by longboat and learn more about their simple lifestyle. There are also hiking trails around the islands, but be sure to stick to the designated paths – a lot of the island is out of bounds for visitors. Try a sunrise or sunset walk to see the scenery bathed in beautiful light.


  • Long, quiet beaches and spectacular sunsets

  • Incredible diving at the nearby Similan and Surin Islands

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