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Guide to Khao Lak Outdoors

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Although more laidback than nearby Phuket, its long stretches of beach, beautiful national parks and plenty of opportunities for underwater adventures, mean there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had in Khao Lak. If you’re the active type and heading to this part of Thailand, here’s your guide to Khao Lak outdoors.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

White Sand Beach

Beaches

Similan Diving Safaris

Scuba & Snorkeling

Eco Khao Lak Adventure - Private Day Tours

Eco Tours

Khao Lak Fun Divers

Scuba & Snorkeling

Wicked Diving Khao Lak

Scuba & Snorkeling

Khao Lak Land Discovery

Taxis & Shuttles, Sightseeing Tours

Liquid Adventure - Day Tours

Water Sports

Pak Weep Beach

Beaches

Green Andaman Travel

Sightseeing Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Fishing Charters & Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Cultural Tours

Khaolak Horse Club

Horseback Riding Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours

Kirsty S's City Tips

  • The best time to visit Khao Lak is in the dry season from November to March, although be warned that it can get very hot in March.
  • Motorbikes are a popular way for locals and visitors to get around Khao Lak. You’ll find plenty of places to hire them in the area.
  • Phuket is the nearest airport for visitors heading to Khao Lak, both domestically and internationally. It’s around an hour’s taxi journey from the airport.
  • White Sand Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Khao Lak has a long stretch of 20-kilometres of beaches so it seems fitting to start your outdoor activities visiting one of its best. White Sand Beach is a gorgeous stretch that you’ll have to get a taxi or motorbike to reach, but it’ll be worth it once you get there. It has clear waters, white sand (hence the name!), a restaurant for lunch and plenty of sunloungers to relax on. It’s a photogenic spot so get your camera ready.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Use a tuk-tuk style taxi rather than a car to take you to White Sand Beach. That way you can admire the gorgeous countryside views as you go.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty Area 16/11/2018
    • Beautiful place to relax for a day 15/11/2018
    • White Sand Beach
  • Similan Diving Safaris
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    If diving’s your thing, getting out to see the incredible Similan Islands during your stay in Khao Lak is a must. These guys know their stuff when it comes to these islands, as well as everything boat and underwater-related. A trip with them is likely to have you craving for your next dive experience the moment you hit dry land.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Similan Diving Safaris offer a variety of different trips, including day tours and a four-night adventure, so be sure to pick the length of trip that’s right for you.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 Tours in Khuk Khak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must have experience that we can not recommend enough! 17/11/2018
    • Highly recommended! 30/10/2018
    • Similan Diving Safaris
    Address:
    Nang Thong Road
    13/19 Moo 7
    Khuk Khak, Khao Lak 82220
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 485 470
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Eco Khao Lak Adventure - Private Day Tours
    Eco Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    From elephant trekking to a trip out to see the so-called, James Bond Island, an Eco Khao Lak Adventure tour could see you sea cave canoeing one day and touring the region’s sacred temples the next. Whatever outdoor adventure you decide on, Eco Khao Lak Adventure promise small groups and well-organized trips, all while managing to be eco-friendly.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Eco Khao Lak Adventure tours include air-conditioned transport to, from and during your trip, but they also do transfers to and from Phuket airport, which may come in useful.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 64 Tours in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More than 3* if the trip was altered 19/11/2018
    • Eco Khao Lac Aventure Tours - fantastic experience of the real Thailand 28/10/2018
    • Eco Khao Lak Adventure - Private Day Tours
    Address:
    26/63 Moo 7
    Khao Lak Grand Plaza Building
    Khao Lak 82190
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 485 586
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Khao Lak Fun Divers
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    With all the diving centers in and around Khao Lak, Fun Divers stand out for their fantastic organization, as well as the experience and quality of their guides. Khao Lak Fun Divers offer all sorts of underwater trips, from exploring around the Similan Islands to snorkeling and diving around shipwreck sites.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Khao Lak Fun Divers are another tour company that will pick you up from the airport as part of the package.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 41 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Live Aboard fun... 13/04/2018
    • Fun, beautiful, encouraging, exciting - everything a beginner diver could ask for! 27/02/2018
    • Khao Lak Fun Divers
    Address:
    28/13 Moo 7
    Khuek Khak, Takuapa
    Khao Lak 82220
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 485 685
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Wicked Diving Khao Lak
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Kirsty S Says:

    For a diving company with a heavy focus on the environment, choose Wicked Diving. They’re a small operation with a big reputation. The quality of their instructors and trips overall are outstanding, and they make a real effort to reduce the impact on the ecosystems they take their divers to see.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Like most diving centers in Khao Lak, Wicked is only operational during ‘diving season’, from October through to May.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 41 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Unprofessional and Rude 31/05/2018
    • Amazing Surin Island Experience 26/05/2018
    • Wicked Diving Khao Lak
    Address:
    57/1 Moo 5, Khuk Khak, Takuapa
    Phang Nga
    Khao Lak 82220
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +62 813-3911-0589
    Hours:
    Mon
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Khao Lak Land Discovery
    Taxis & Shuttles, Sightseeing Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    There are plenty of water-related activities to be had in Khao Lak, but make no mistake – there’s plenty to see on land too. Khao Lak Land Discovery tours offer the chance to get out and see the rugged, rural side of this beautiful region. Head out on bikes, four-wheel trucks or even elephants to explore the area around Khao Lak, taking in waterfalls, karst landscapes and some of the oldest rainforest on earth.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Khao Lak Land Discovery office is open daily from 9am to 9pm and is located on the main road near Nang Thong Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 12 Transportation in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sad treatment of Elelphants 30/10/2018
    • 3 Tours booked 30/10/2018
    • Khao Lak Land Discovery
    Address:
    21/5 Moo 7 Khukkhak, Takuapa, Phang Nga
    Khao Lak 82220
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 485 411
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Liquid Adventure - Day Tours
    Water Sports
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Liquid is the place to go if you’re after a liveaboard safari of a lifetime. The best (and most cost-effective) way to dive in Khao Lak is on a liveaboard safari, where you’ll get to dive, eat and relax to your heart’s content.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can do local diving and Similan Island dives on day trips with this company, but extended liveaboard trips are what Liquid Adventure particularly excel at.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Khao Lak
    • Best liveaboard operator in Khao Lak 20/04/2014
    • Amazing liveaboard 30/03/2014
    • Liquid Adventure - Day Tours
    Address:
    13/43 Moo 7
    Khao Lak 82190
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 76 485 068
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Pak Weep Beach
    Beaches
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    Kirsty S Says:

    Back on shore and Pak Weep Beach is not only one of the most picturesque beaches along the Khao Lak stretch, but is also ideal for those who enjoy a good stroll. Start at the Sands Hotel and walk north, stopping for a drink and perhaps a spot of lunch at one of the beachside restaurants along the way. If you become too tired (or too warm), you can always stop and take a cooling dip in the crystal-clear waters that lap the shoreline here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The restaurants along Pak Weep Beach are a great place to watch the sun go down, so time it well and you could be watching the sun dip into the ocean just as your meal arrives.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice quiet beach 13/11/2018
    • One of the Top Beaches in Khao Lak 17/09/2018
    • Pak Weep Beach
  • Green Andaman Travel
    Sightseeing Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Fishing Charters & Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Cultural Tours
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    Kirsty S Says:

    You can keep your head above water and still have a fantastic outdoor adventure with a Green Andaman Travel trip. They do offer water activities, such as bamboo rafting and sea cave canoeing, but they also offer elephant trekking and bathing, as well as an opportunity to discover the culture and traditions of Thailand on their cultural, historical and temple tours.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Green Andaman Travel office is based along Phetkasem Road, not far from the popular Smile Khaolak Restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 41 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Khao Lak
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tours were nice, organisation wasn't great 03/11/2018
    • Thanks for nothing fellow trip advisors 31/10/2018
    • Green Andaman Travel
    Phone:
    +66 87 891 7806
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Khaolak Horse Club
    Horseback Riding Tours, Nature & Wildlife Tours
    Kirsty S Says:

    One for the horse lovers, the Khaolak Horse Club offers something a little different when it comes to outdoor pursuits in the area. The horses are well-kept and in good condition and for experienced riders this is a great opportunity to ride through the jungle or along the beach, which you may not get the chance to do back home.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To find the Khaolak Horse Club, look out for the sign at the same turn-off as the Chongfah waterfall. You’ll need to drive or take a taxi from town.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 64 Tours in Khao Lak
    • Gorgeous Ride 06/06/2018
    • Extraordinary life experience 15/05/2018
    • Khaolak Horse Club
    Address:
    Soi Chongfah Waterfall, Ban Khao Lak
    Khao Lak 82190
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 93 727 1552
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Other:
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