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Romantic Guide to Khao Lak

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Rustic yet luxurious, Khao Lak is a great destination for a romantic getaway. You can hike in gorgeous nature preserves, explore virgin islands, and stroll hand-in-hand on pristine beaches. Here, some of the most romantic spots in Khao Lak.

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Similan Islands

Destinations

Ko Yao Noi

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Ko Kho Khao

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Wat Suwan Kuha (Cave Temple)

Sacred & Religious Sites

Ko Tachai Island

Islands

Surin Beach

Beaches

Takua Pa

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Khao Sok National Park

Phang Nga Bay

Bodies of Water

Barbara A's City Tips

  • If you accidentally drop money, be careful not to step on it and to pick it up quickly; otherwise, you show disrespect to the royal family.
  • Avoid loud talking and public displays of affection during your stay. These are considered shameful and embarrassing behaviors.
  • If someone bows to you with their hands together (known as a "wai"), be sure return their respectful greeting.
  • Some restaurants might automatically add a 10% tip to the bill. Check before paying.
  • Be sure to taste some coconut milk, as well as Sangthip or Mekhong (local whiskey brands.)
  • Although you can visit Khao Lak any time of the year, high season (from November through April) offers the best weather. May through October is monsoon season, which could make some treks challenging.
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    Similan Islands
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    Barbara A Says:

    This National Park is an area of pristine natural beauty, with a huge variety of flora and fauna to be found both above and below the water. Hikes, boat rides, and diving or snorkeling are all available in this collection of islands, where you can wander to your heart's content. And should you choose to stay overnight, you and your lover will wake up to gorgeous views.

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    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • March is a great time to visit the islands, due to the calm winds and clear waters.
    • Keep in mind that the park and islands are closed each year from May 16 until November 15.
    • There is a fee to enter the National Park.
    • There are only lodging options available on island #4 (bungalows), and on island #8 (tents).
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Similan Islands
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    Ko Yao Noi
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    Barbara A Says:

    Ko Yao Noi is the kind of place that feels frozen in time, thanks to its untouched landscapes and wonderfully rustic feel. You can explore the beauty of this secluded island on foot, bike or scooter. Numerous cave paintings are a reminder of the island's age, and you can also take boat rides to surrounding islands. No matter what you choose to do, it is the calm and quiet that you're likely to enjoy the most here.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are plenty of accommodation options, from high-end resorts to rustic bungalows — all with wonderful views.
    • Scooters can be rented on a daily basis, and helmets are provided.
    • Boats leave frequently for Ko Yao Noi from Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Ko Yao Noi
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    Ko Kho Khao
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    Barbara A Says:

    This magical place has kept its unique, original essence, despite continuous growth. You can your loved one can enjoy its golden sunsets, magnificent beaches, peaceful Buddhist temples, and cascading waterfalls.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • ATMs are available at Baan Pak Koh pier.
    • You can visit Ko Kho Khao year round, but from May to October most of the island is closed (which may make this the best time to visit for those who prefer fewer fellow tourists.)
    • Check with local operators if you'd like to do diving, kayaking, hiking, or birdwatching; or book a simple boat ride explore the surroundings.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Ko Kho Khao
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    Wat Suwan Kuha (Cave Temple)
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    Barbara A Says:

    The beauties awaiting you in this cave are like nothing you've ever seen before. You'll find precious sculptures, and plenty of other incredible sights worthy of your admiration. Plus, the little monkeys that inhabit the forest come and go, and bats guard the caves, adding to the sacredness of the atmosphere.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There is an entrance fee.
    • Not far from the cave, there's a nice hiking trail, which will lead you past five waterfalls.
    • Be sure to wear shoes that are good for wet surfaces, since the cave tends to be slippery.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Takua Thung District
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Monkey Cave 15/02/2018
    • Superb location 12/02/2018
    • Wat Suwan Kuha (Cave Temple)
    Address:
    Krasom Subdistrict
    Thailand
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    Ko Tachai Island
    Islands
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    Barbara A Says:

    Between the Similan and Surin archipelagos, you'll find this virgin island beauty. The perfect combination here is a long, long walk on the white sand beaches, followed by a lovely swim or snorkel in the gorgeous turquoise waters. You'll want nothing more than to sit down, soak in the views, and wait for the magical sunset to come.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The boat ride here takes 1 hour 30 minutes.
    • The island is part of Similan National Park, and there is an entrance fee.
    • There is a daily fee to dive here.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Similan Islands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tachai Island - 17/05/2016
    • Wouldn't waste your time 30/04/2016
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    Surin Beach
    Beaches
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    Barbara A Says:

    Surin is a beautiful beach to visit en route to the Similan Island National Park. Enjoy a cocktail and some authentic Thai food as you soak up the sea views, or indulge in a romantic couple's massage right on the beach. For the more adventurous, this is a great opportunity to hit the waves with your surf boards.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The water is calmest here from November to April.
    • Monsoon season is best for surf lovers, since you'll find huge waves during this time. Just be careful of the rocky areas!
    • Stick to the local restaurants here for the tastiest Thai dishes.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Choeng Thale
    • Lovely beack, go 20/02/2018
    • Clear water, with good snorkling 20/02/2018
    • Surin Beach
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    Takua Pa
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    Barbara A Says:

    If you're looking for a very traditional yet quiet place to stay, Takua will leave you with a full heart and a big smile. Along with its beautiful, natural scenery, the area's picturesque historic architecture gives it a nostalgic, romantic feel — especially down by the river.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Takua is 7km south of Khao Lak, making it just a short drive.
    • Come on a Sunday afternoon to visit the weekly traditional market next to the river. The locals will receive you gladly with their delicious food!
    • Delve into the folklore and culture here — it's fascinating.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Takua Pa
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    Khao Sok National Park
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    Barbara A Says:

    Khao Sok is incredibly huge, so I recommend that you and your partner stay a night or two to truly enjoy all the wonders on offer. While you won't be able to explore every hiking trail, nor kayak through all the waters, you can try! You'll find an insane number of protected species here too, and you can admire each of them while being guided around the park. Waking up with the one you love in such a beautiful and secluded place will leave you in complete contentment!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It is best to come in December if you wish to see the 'Wild Lotus' in bloom (just remember that its smell is quite disgusting!).
    • In case you don't want to stay inside the park, there are plenty of other accommodation options within walking distance. There are also some really nice local restaurants where you can grab a bite!
    • Be sure to bring waterproof gear; since this is a rainforest, you can expect some cool rain! Also, don't forget to bring adequate shoes for climbing and hiking.
    • There is an entrance fee to enter the park.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    • Khao Sok National Park
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    Phang Nga Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Barbara A Says:

    On land and out at sea, there are a few different sites situated around Phang Nga Bay that are sure to add a lot of romance to your trip. From serene Taoist and Buddhist temples to letting beautiful islands, caves, and gorgeous limestone formations, there are plenty of wonders to immerse yourselves in here at Phang Nga.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To avoid making your romantic trip too "touristy," it is best to rent a private, longtail boat. These are inexpensive.
    • It is best to visit the bay during low season. This way you'll have the bay and its wonders mostly to yourselves.
    • You'll find plenty of ATMs in the town.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Ao Phang Nga National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must visit! 18/02/2018
    • What a Fantasic Tour to End Our Adventure Tour Down Under 14/02/2018
    • Phang Nga Bay
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