Police Boat 813 Memorial: This was one of two police boats ( Police Boat 814 ) guarding Khun Phum Jensen, son of former Royal Princess Ubol Ratana (his father was an American, hence the last name) at the time of the 2004 Tsunami. Khun Phum was jet-skiing when the wave struck, and he and the entire crew of one of the police boats (which was sunk) died. This is the other boat, which was swept approximately 2 km inland and has been left where the tsunami deposited it as a memorial and historical landmark.
Takua Pa Old Town: In Takua Pa Old Town, you will experience Sino-Portuguese architecture and have the chance to wander around the quaint shops (best in the early morning). About 30 minutes drive north of Khao Lak. Takua Pa market and River Plaza are in the new town, near the bus station. There is a typical local market. The plaza has some good shops and a few riverside restaurants. Takua Pa was the centre for relief efforts following the tsunami. The collection/identification point for recovered bodies was located here, and there is reputed to be a cemetery holding the remains of unidentified foreign victims of the disaster.
Tublamu Navy Golf Course: In the 1990s the Royal Thai Navy constructed an 18-hole, par 72, 7,160 yd golf course on their naval base here, hard by the ocean. It is now open to the public. Has a small pro shop, snack bar, and restaurant. Tublamu Navy Golf Course is great place to enjoy a nice breeze and relax in a peaceful environment.
Bang Niang Market: Located in central of Bang Niang. Open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 13:00-dark. Outdoor market held 3 days per week. One section of the market sells fresh fish, meat, vegetables, and fruit. Another section sells prepared foods like barbecued chicken and corn on the cob. The remainder of the market stalls sell clothing, luggage, DVDs, games, kitchen ware, souvenirs, sunglasses, etc. All at knock down prices if you haggle, as is expected.
Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park: As part of the greater Khao Lak area, the small and charming fishing village of Ban Nam Khem was at the centre of the destruction caused by the 2004 Tsunami. Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Park, a large and striking open air walkway lined with plaques dedicated to those who lost their lives in the general Ko Kho Khao / Ban Nam Khem / Khao Lak area.
These include local Thais as well as many foreigners, and in particular dozens from Germany who had been vacationing in the area. The walkway opens up to a several metres high statue of Buddha, depicted sitting directly in the direction of the memorial with the sea behind him. There is also a sizeable area of beach front here, and it's perhaps the best place in Thailand to reflect on that fateful day in late December 2004.