Khao Lak is surrounded by tropical rain forest and National Parks. Khao Lak National Park and Khao Sok National Park surround Khao Lak and cover a total area of 4,000sq.meters. Within the parks are designated special zones for ecotourism such as jungle trekking, picnic areas, swimming, rafting and bird watching.
Khao Lak is becoming increasingly popular with overseas visitors who accepted that Khao Lak actually became the heaven for relaxation. The combination of long stretches of unspoiled beach, crystal clear blue sea and virgin mountain wilderness make this area particularly attractive to tourists looking for a peaceful vacation in the Land of Smiles.
Apart from pure beaches and sea, Khao Lak is located closely to Thap Lamu Port where divers and excursion boats depart for Similan Islands; one of ten most beautiful diving site in the world. Khao Lak is the nearest land point to the small archipelago, counted among the 10 most interesting dive sites in the world, well known for the world class reefs and crystal clear waters surrounding the islands.
Besides, Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park - occupying 150 square kilometers just inland from Khao Lak Beach has many rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. There are several scenic nature walks and treks that can be taken through this verdant wilderness. There are also various activities for visitors to enjoy such as elephant trekking, rafting, canoeing, etc.
Khao Lak has been known as a very close to nature vacation refuge for some time. The calm and natural atmosphere makes a pleasing contrast to many other travel destinations in Thailand, such as Phuket, or Koh Samui. But the region has even more to offer than just fine sandy beaches below coconut trees. The nearby Similan Islands, for example, are known as one of the top ten diving spots in the world. Diving and snorkeling trips to the Similan, or also to the Surin Islands are offered daily. One-day trips to Myanmar (Burma), or to the James Bond Island, as well as the local Phangnga Bay tour and many more are also part of our program. Head out to exciting elephant trekking on the mainland, or visit one of the nearby waterfalls Ton Chong Fa, Lam Phrao, Hin Lat, or Lam Roo. The Song Phraek waterfall even offers the opportunity of canoe-rafting.
Similan Islands: The Similan Islands have been declared a marine national park in the beginning of the 1980's and are a natural paradise, not only for divers. The nine uninhabited and magnificently green islands string along, parallel to the shoreline and are home to many land and marine species. Some beaches invite for a sunbath in virgin nature, or snorkeling in shallow waters. Yet the absolute highlight remains the famous underwater world, consisting of colorful reefs, and their inhabitants, such as reef sharks, barracudas, countless swarm fish, mantas and even whale sharks. The crystal clear water, exciting coral-constellations, openings, and caves at visibility of up to 40 and in a depth of up to 30 meters complete this gem amongst the diving spots of the world.
Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park: On August 30th 1991, the area of ancient, rich in species woods, pristine springs, waterfalls and undisturbed beaches was declared the 66th national park of Thailand. The Park goes by the name Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park and attracts many visitors with the opportunity to observe wildlife behavior of one of more than a hundred species of birds, exciting reptiles, manifold sorts of butterflies, or even exotic mammals, such as the Colugos.
Haad Lek (Haad Lek means small beach): Haad Lek is located slightly isolated on the shore of the Khao Lak Lam Ru Marine National Park. This most beautiful beach is framed by rough rock formations and offers great swimming and snorkeling. The beach may be reached on foot, following a trail for about 1.5 km. from the National Park Office.
Khao Tapu (James Bond Island): This Island has been one of the must-sees for most visitors of the area, ever since its appearance in the James Bond Movie Gold finger. Its widening body and tiny socket give the Island its famous look of a bolt rammed into the sea.
Chong Fa Waterfall: The source of this waterfall is the Bang Niang canal which becomes a beautiful medium-sized waterfall declining the rocks in 5 large levels.
Ko Hong: This lime-stone island, has many tunnels and caves with spectacular stalactites, that usually explored by canoe or kayak.