Discover the best things to do in Khao Lak. Now that Khao Lak is open to tourists, many people are starting to once again plan their Khao Lak holidays. Aside from relaxing around the pool at one of the beautiful Khao Lak resorts, there is plenty of exciting things to do in Khao Lak.
Amazing things to do in Kha0 Lak
Here is our list of top 10 things to activities and places to visit in Khao Lak, to help you make your holiday the trip of a lifetime!
1. Khao Lak Snorkeling
Khao Na Yak Snorkelling Reef
The Simian Islands National Park
The Surin Islands National Park
2. Scuba diving in Khao Lak
Diving in Khao Lak has always been popular. The closeness of the Similan and Surin Islands makes Khao Lak the ideal base for divers. There are also a couple of key dive sites close by that are not to be missed! Scuba diving certainly makes the list of top 10 things to do in Khao Lak.
3. Surfing in Khao Lak
Over the last year or two, Khao Lak has become one of the coolest places in Thailand to learn to surf. So much so that Khao Lak has now become known throughout Thailand as “Khao Lak Surf Town” The famous Memories Beach Bar is popular with both international tourists and Thais. The bar is frequently visited by Thai celebrities who come to enjoy the beach vibes. Memories hold frequent surf contests and encourage local children to come and catch some waves.
The main Khao Lak surf season is from May-October, but the calmer months are great for beginners. Just be sure to check out the Khao Lak surf forecast first if you want the best waves.
4. Waterfalls in Khao Lak
There are several waterfalls near Khao Lak, all of them are easily accessible by a short taxi ride. Making a visit to the waterfalls one of the easiest things to do in Khao Lak. Most Khao Lak hotels will offer transport to the closest waterfall. There is usually water all year round, but the best time to visit the waterfalls in Khao Lak is during the rainy season (June-October).
Chong Fah Waterfall
Namtok Lampee (Lam Pi waterfall)
Namtok Sairung (Rainbow Waterfall)
5. Khao Lak Nature Tours
Khao Lak is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. From jungle covered mountains to beautiful coral reefs, Khao Lak has it all.
Khao Lak Mangrove Explorers
One of the best ways to get back to nature is to take a mangrove kayaking tour. Join the Khao Lak Mangrove Explorers and discover mangrove rivers, never before seen by tourists. The Khao Lak mangroves are a great place for find wildlife such as snakes, birds and monkeys. Click here for more…
Khao Lak Jungle Experience
Another amazing nature tour is our Khao Lak Jungle Exprience. This is your chance to learn a few bush craft skills, and discover the importance of the jungles in local culture. Click here to find out more…
6. Thai Cooking Class
Thai food if fast becoming the worlds favorite cuisine. Thai cooking classes are a lot of fun, and much easier than you would think! It is a great way to impress your friends when you get home too. The Riverside Thai Cooking Class in Khao Lak, offers private and small group classes, with the option to choose your favorite dishes.
7. Phang Nga Bay
Phang Nga Bay is most famous for the James Bond Island. The James bond Island tour is one of those ‘must do’ tours. There are many options for James Bond tours from Khao Lak, and of course a wide price range. Although, as with most things, it is not usually recommended to just go with the cheapest option
Phang Nga Bay covers an area of around 400 km2, most of which is protected by the Ao Phang Nga National Park. The bay’s stunning scenery has featured in several big movies including 2 James Bond movies (The Man with The Golden Gun and Tomorrow Never Dies) and also Star War: Episode III – Revenge of The Sith.
8. Khao Lak Beaches
Of course, Khao Lak is most famous for its beautiful beaches. The beach stretches all the way from Khao Lak mountain to Baan Nam Khem fishing town in the North. A distance of over 30km. at low tide it is possible to walk the whole way!
Bang Niang Beach
White Sand Beach
Nang Thong Beach
9. Markets in Khao Lak
There are actually 4 markets in Khao Lak. The most famous is the Bang Niang Market, located opposite the Khao Lak tsunami memorial park. Here you will find a vast selection of street foods, clothes and souvenirs.
The second market is the Build Market, located next to the Build Factory nightclub. This trendy market is mostly devoted to interesting street foods and has a relaxed, cool vibe to it.
The other two markets have more of a local feel and mostly focus on selling fresh cooking ingredients. This is where all the local people come to do their shopping.
The morning market in Bang Niang bus station is almost entirely fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Whereas, the evening market near the gas station also has a few street food stalls to.
There are also several markets in the nearby market town of Takuapa. Check out our Local Temples & Traditional Market Town tour for more details.
Visiting alocal market should deffinaitly be on your list of things to do in Khao Lak.
10. Spas & Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is well known worldwide for its health benefits and stress relieving properties. However, a genuine Thai massage is not for the feint hearted! A traditionally qualified masseuse will twist your body into shapes and positions you never felt were possible
This kind of rough treatment may sound intense, but will leave you feeling suppler and can aid circulation.
For those who prefer a softer approach, most massage shops and spas will offer several much more relaxing options, such as aloe vera massages for those who spent to long in the sun, or fresh coconut oil massage to improve skin softness.
Most hotels also have an in-house spa offering a full range of massages and treatments.
Is Khao Lak Worth Visiting?
One of the most common questions people ask, especially now as the country is just starting to re-open is…is Khao Lak worth visiting? The answer is always YES!
Khao Lak is a great place with loads to do. Rain or shine, you can be guaranteed there is always things to do in Khao Lak.
You may think there are more things to do in Phuket, but you would be wrong. Khao Lak is perfectly located to allow you to experience of the best days out in Thailand!
Khao Lak nightlife is much quieter than in Phuket or several other places in Thailand. But there are several local bars around town where you can be sure of a friendly barman and a cold beer.
Khao Lak is know for its relaxed friendly vibe and its amazing natural beauty.