How to Spend 48 Hours in Khao Lak

by Travelbag on 06 August 2015, 11:08AM

With a ban on building any structures taller than the height of a palm tree, Khao Lak distinguishes itself from its tourism-filled neighbours (such as the island of Phuket) thanks to its serene atmosphere, peaceful ambience, and upscale surroundings. If you’re after a beautiful beach holiday, where you can relax on some of Thailand’s most stunning and serene beaches – then this is where you should be headed.

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With plenty of bars, restaurants, and (of course) beaches to visit, Khao Lak still manages to raise itself above the standard of the typical tourist trail. If you're lucky enough to be visiting Thailand sometime soon, do your best to swing by the beach, mountains, and series of Thai villages which make up the fascinating area.

Our brief guide to the highlights of Khao Lak, will help you make the most of the region following a 48-hour itinerary.

International Tsunami Museum

With the cost of entry (around £2) going to good causes which help to rebuild the area, this fascinating, if sombre, little museum is worth a visit on your first morning, in order to allow you to understand a little of what many of the local people have lived through. The devastation that the Indian Ocean Tsunami wreaked on so many lives was broadcast across the world, and whilst it may have been forgotten about in many other countries, here it is still very much a part of recent history.

It's a basic museum by European standards, built in the hull of Thai navy boat 813, which was used in the rescue effort. Hearing the Thai people's stories from the devastating 2004 tsunami, in which it's estimated that up to 10,000 people died and seeing how they have been able to rebuild and recover, makes a visit here eminently worthwhile. It leaves you in awe of nature and the power of destruction – but it’ll also leave you with a great admiration for those who helped rebuild the area.

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White Sand Beach

On a cheerier note, it wouldn't be a trip to Thailand if you didn't take in a least a little of the spectacular coast with its fine, pure sands and clear waters. White Sand Beach is probably the number one attraction in Kao Lak. Totally stunning, there's also an array of fun bars, buzzing restaurants, and water sports activities available, depending on your mood. Come here for a spot of lunch and swimming once you've finished at the museum. There’s no better place to relax and enjoy a few hours of quiet time.

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The Happy Snapper

While things may not get going until 10.30pm or later, it's worth the wait. With live music, cold beers, and tasty food geared towards an international palate, The Happy Snapper welcomes a mixed crowd of locals, expats, and tourists. An insider tip: eat first, and get here by 10pm in order to get a good seat, and you'll be set for the night. It’s the kind of place you can spend the evening, just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. The Happy Snapper is definitely the best place to see and be seen when you're in town.

Scuba or Snorkelling?

Next morning, wake up early and head for the ocean. Known for the quality of its seas and the life within them, even if you're only in Khao Lak for a day or two, you should make time to acquaint yourself with some of your marine cousins. With a variety of local companies (including Wicked Diving Khao Lak, Similan Diving Safaris, and M/V Oktavia) offering a variety of options depending on your level of expertise, budget, and time available - Khao Lak is justly renowned for the impressive nature of its scuba diving.

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Khaolak Monkey Bar

When you've exhausted yourself from your scuba or snorkel adventures, head over to Khaolak Monkey Bar. Perfect to pop into during an afternoon downpour, the range of cocktails and mocktails here is second to none, while the service is excellent. The perfect place to top up your energy for the evening ahead!

Pak Weep Beach

If you'd rather take in some of the outdoors rather than the inside of a bar, try Pak Weep Beach. Quieter and more peaceful than the more tourist-oriented White Sand Beach, Pak Weep is refreshingly free from jet-skis, hawkers, and other beach-based annoyances. The ideal place to watch the sun go down, Pak Weep is the perfect alternative to the usual touristy spots. That said there are still plenty of massage shops, restaurants, and bars, dotted along its length.

Moo Moo Cabaret Show Bar

For something a little more out of the ordinary- and yet typically Thai - Moo Moo offers talented and entertaining performers and reasonably priced drinks with no cover charge for entry (making a refreshing change from most cabaret bars). After the show, there's also the opportunity to take pictures with the ladies outside, who are (of course) world famous Thai lady-boys. With fantastic costumes, a relaxed atmosphere, and a stonking good show on offer, Moo Moo Cabaret Show Bar is ideal for your last night in Khao Lak.

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