KHAO LAK KULTURE:
UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF A SOUTHERN GEM
It's hard to believe, but sometimes you need a break from lounging on perfect white-sand beaches for days and days. So give your bathers time to dry off, and explore nearby Takua Pa.
The Portuguese, British and Chinese settled here during the Tin mining boom, leaving their mark in the form of Sino-Portuguese architecture, and making Takua Pa one of the most important and culturally unique towns in Thailand at the time.
Today the mining industry has moved on and the sleepy streets make a perfect place to wander at your own pace. Light some incense for your desk-bound loved ones back home at a local Chinese Pagoda then sample Dim Sum and local treats such as Cha Chak (a famous Southern Thai take on Teh Tarik) and Tao-Sor Cake (similar to Chinese Bakpia).
In fact, with the rich mix of cultures and architecture, you'd be forgiven for forgetting you're in Thailand! The local market will fix that: here you can find a wide range of Thai curries, snacks and sweets.
And of course the best feature of Takua Pa is that it largely flies under the tourist radar; a claim that most historic places in Thailand can't match. You won't find crowds and pushy sellers here to dull your enthusiasm for seeking adventure. If you're interested in some Khao Lak Kulture, our resident Dream Maker can create a custom made tour to Takua Pa during your stay.
Surviving Sino-Portugese architecture on the main street of Takua Pa Old Town.
A well established Chinese community still remains.
A local prepares Tao-Sor cakes for baking; freshly cooked Dim-Sum delights ready to sample.