Khao Lak is an oasis of calm. Perfect beaches with soft white sand stretch beyond eyesight, rainforest clad mountains sing with exotic animals and tropical birds, saffron-robed monks offer prayers at golden temples and paradise-like islands rest in heavenly waters brimming with aquatic life. Luxury Khao Lak Holidays offer the best resorts to add extra magic to your stay.
A short drive north of Phuket, Khao Lak is a beachfront village with endless white and gold beaches. You can walk for hours over soft warm sand fringed with coconut palms and you can always find long stretches all to yourself. Be sure to visit Pak Weep Beach and Khao Lak Beach, two of the finest bays in the area. Also, take time to explore the national parks to spot the exotic wildlife on offer.
Just north of Khao Lak, Takua Pa offers a taste of Thai lifestyle and culture. Explore the old town and the new town for different sights and flavours. The old town is situated by a scenic riverfront with Sino-Portuguese architecture, Chinese shrines, tea houses and friendly locals happy to share their cultural traditions with visitors. Otherwise, the new town features traditional Thai buildings and lots of markets selling local produce and handicrafts.
Head south to Phang Nga Town and discover the gateway to Khao Phing Kan. Also known as James Bond Island for its starring role in one of the Bond films, here's where you'll find unreal vertical karst rock formations rising out of emerald waters, secret caves and stunning beaches.
With a tropical climate, Khao Lak enjoys high temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius all year round. The region experiences three main seasons, the dry, hot and rainy periods, with the dry season running from November to March.
The hot season is from March to May with high humidity and temperatures peaking to 35 degrees Celsius, making for great weather to laze on a beach or swim. From June to October, the rainy period brings short showers that clear to idyllic blue skies.
Start your morning with an international buffet breakfast, while evening menus offer cuisine from all across the globe. Try lots of fresh fish and seafood, like grilled king prawns, Japanese sushi, teppanyaki and Mediterranean cuisine.
Of course, you'll get to taste some of the finest traditional Thai foods as well, like sumptuous green curries. Enjoy fine dining experiences with romantic candlelit beach dinners, private pavilion dining and gourmet picnics, then watch the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to enter Thailand for stays up to 30 days. Longer stays require a visa. Visit GOV.UK for more travel advice.