Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park is a vast area that encompasses the coast of Khao Lak and the hills and rainforests of the interior. Hike the trails amongst the trees and spot exotic wildlife and tropical birds like drongos, hornbills, monkeys and serows. Be sure to find the magical cascading waterfalls of Lam Ru, Lam Phrao and Ton Chong Fa.
Head to the national marine parks at the Similan and Surin Islands and dive below the crystal-clear waters. These areas are renowned for their underwater beauty with lots of colourful coral gardens and an abundance of marine life. They're also home to some of the best dive sites in Thailand. Swim with barracudas, moray eels, reef sharks, triggerfish and unicornfish.
This temple is in a network of caves near the town of Phang Nga. Lots of statues and shrines decorate the caverns and the centrepiece is a massive golden statue of a reclining Buddha. Light incense, pay your respects and head just outside the entrance to find a troop of friendly little monkeys looking to be fed.
The Similan archipelago consists of 11 islands surrounded by the most crystal-clear, electric blue waters that are splashed with brightly coloured coral reefs. The islands themselves offer a little slice of paradise with forest interiors and soft white powdery beaches. It's the perfect place for a relaxing day trip and has amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Khuk Khak Beach is long, really long, stretching further than the eyes can see. The soft golden sands are fringed with palm and pine trees and emerald waters lap the shore. It's one of the best beaches in Khao Lak. Take time walking the endless sands, swim in the sea and relax in the sun.