Thailand's Best Kept Secret


If you're looking for beautiful beaches, scenic mountains and countryside filled with magnificent waterfalls, we've found it for you. Khao Lak, located in the Phang Nga province of Thailand, offers a holiday that's laid back or full of adventure - and it's just an hour away from pretty Phuket in the south of Thailand!


Thailand - guy jumping off a boat to snorkel

On the Phang Nga mainland you’ll find the resort area of Khao Lak - it includes a coastal park full of rare birds, exotic mammals and exquisite waterfalls. This stunning coastline is full of expansive white sand beaches and is the best place to stay in the area.  There is a choice of excellent hotels and resorts that have been completely rebuilt following the Tsunami in 2004.  The International Tsunami Museum is located 5km south of Khao Lak, giving you a humble insight into the devastation of this event.

So, what’s there to do in Khao Lak when you’re not lazing on the beach, enjoying a variety of water sports and soaking up the sun? There are numerous beautiful birds for bird watchers, including the Oriental pied hornbill, the Scarlet Minnivet, Emerald Dove, Crested serpent-eagle and Bushy-crest hornbills.  Diving and snorkelling are a popular pastime here, and you can see an array of reef fish in this underwater wonderland, including parrotfish, triggerfish, damsels, surgeonfish, lionfish and more. Equipment and a local guide are provided on all arranged snorkelling and diving trips.

There’s an 18-hole golf course in the area, a turtle nursery where various infant turtles from all over the Andaman coastline are nursed, until they are strong enough to fend for themselves. And, of course, exploring the different areas in Phang Nga and the beautiful islands is a never-ending source of fascination and fun.

Phang Nga is an outstandingly beautiful place, famous for its dramatic limestone islands including James Bond Island (Koh Tapu) where the Bond movie The Man With the Golden Gun was filmed, as well as Koh Yao Noi and Koh Yao Yai.  The distinctive sheer limestone cliffs jut vertically out of the emerald green water.

The Phang Nga Bay National Park is a geological wonder, filled with tiny islands, sunken caverns and numerous startling rock formations. The entire area boasts a plethora of adventure activities including snorkelling in the surrounding coral reefs and exploring the 2 groups of islands found here, including the charming and unique Similan Islands, a series of 9 islands that offer unspoilt beaches and breathtaking underwater scenery, which is why divers from all over the world flock here to explore.

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