About Kirsty S
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Feb. 2015
I have travelled extensively through Southeast Asia. I know Thailand and Malaysia particularly well, but also love Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore. I travel to this part of the world whenever I can, sometimes on a short trip while on route to Australia, and sometimes for extended periods of time so that I can really get beneath the skin of a particular area – whether I’ve been to that spot before or not. I've spent a lot of time in Bangkok – it's a fascinating melting pot of a city where there's always something new to explore. I also love Hanoi and have explored it both independently and as part of an organised tour. More than anything, I love discovering something new while travelling and sharing it with those who have the same passion for travel as I do. I’m a bit of a foodie and never get bored of the beach.
Scuba & Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
Taxis & Shuttles, Sightseeing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Fishing Charters & Tours, Cultural Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Sightseeing Tours
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Horseback Riding Tours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.