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Khao Lak is a calm and relaxed destination with many beautiful beaches, both long wide and small narrow ones. Many of the beaches found here have round rocks and cliffs placed in the sand and in the water making the scenery extremely beautiful and it is easy to just fall in love right away. The rocks also makes these parts a good place for children and adults to practice snorkeling from the beach. It is easy to find a favorite here without having to share it with to many other people. To drive here from Phuket airport takes just about one hour and the distance is around 70 km (45 miles).
Khao Lak is covering a long section of the coastline with green vegetation alongside the yellow colored beaches and it is truly magnificent. Other sections of Khao Lak have long smooth stoneless beach lines with almost no people around. Do not expect any major nightlife here, the areas around Khao Lak are not any party places but the perfect location for families or for anyone who feel the need to spend time in a calm environment and also maybe to go enjoy a waterfall or why not the stunning Similan Islands.
The long beautiful beaches that reaches along the coastline of Khao Lak are child friendly beaches in a calm environment ideal for all ages if longing for relaxation by the ocean. The water is often very clear making it suitable to beach snorkeling among the rocks.
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The nature around Khao Lak is very beautiful and green. The enormous National Park situated here have a whole lot to offer and even with in easy reach from the shoreline there are plenty of waterfalls with very beautiful nature to enjoy.
Choose a waterfall close by or why not find a trip of maybe head off on your own excursion and explore the deeper parts of the mountains and the forrest in this giant park.
If you want to stay by the sea the extraordinary Similan Islands are within easy reach. At Similan Islands you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling with a marine life that still blossom.
Best season to visit Khao Lak if you want sunny weather is between December and April. These months are considered as dry season which also is the high season when most visitors choose to come here and the temperature normally stays just above 30 degrees. In Mars and April the temperature rises and can go up to about 40 degrees and with high humidity this is very hot.
The ocean temperature is also about 30 degrees all year round but with some variations depending on season and winds. During this high season it is most often green flag at the beach and you can swim without any danger.
Now days many traveling companies offer travels to the south-west coast of Thailand during the summer months but Khao Lak is a place that will somewhat turn into a ghost area in the low season. The weather is sometimes very good but sometimes it will be very rainy during this season. Since this varies from year to year it is impossible to say when it rains and when it does not. The months with most rain are May and October to November. Even in between it might rain for one week, a day or one hour now and then or it can be almost blue sky every day for a long period.
During the summer months you have to have in mind that big waves are very common and rip currents can at times be extremely dangerous. Never go swimming if you see a red flag. If you would be caught in a rip current never swim straight to the beach but angle the current is the safest way to get out of it.
In Khao Lak you will be able to get around mainly on song-taews which is an easy way to get oneself transport. You will see the song-taews cruising around the areas and also wait for people along the side of the road.
Remember to always have the price set for your transport before you take off, this is only to prevent you from getting a price you did not expect. Normally it is cheapest to use taximeter if possible.
You can also rent a car or a motorbike to explore the areas by yourself. Remember that the traffic is probably not what you are used to and accidents are common.
For more information about car and motorbike rentals laws and tips please visit the Rent a Vehicle section.