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KHAO LAK
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We visited Khao Lak in December 2006 and December 2008 - we were very close to visiting in December 2004 and count ourselves very lucky that we couldn't get the flights we wanted and landed up going to Cuba. The tsunami devastated the area and around 5000 people lost their lives.

We found Khao Lak to be a magical place with very friendly people, especially after what they have been through. It is somewhere that I am certain we will return to.

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Baan Khaolak Resort, Nang Thong Beach (Khao Lak Town)

This is one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in. In 2006 we stayed in a seaview villa and we have certainly never taken so many photographs of a hotel room before! It was really gorgeous. The whole resort is laid out in a very low key manner. It's luxurious without being pretentious, and just has a really nice ambiance. We initially tried to book a superior room, but they were fully booked so we were offered a good discount on a seaview villa. We didn't regret that, as the villa (R203) was just gorgeous. Decorated in Thai contemporary style, large with a king size bed, a lovely seating area by the window, looking out to sea, and a step up to a 2 cushion seat. There's a fridge with free drinking water supplied daily and a TV. The door from the main room opens to a large sink and dressing area with wardrobe, safe and cupboards, steps down to a huge walk-in shower and a separate door to the toilet. There are robes, slippers and big fluffy towels. Very impressive!

 

In 2008 we stayed in a two storey cottage room. Although we would still opt for the seaview villa if money was no option, we were really happy with the two storey cottage room. Apart from the smaller balcony and lack of seating area, there is not really much difference to be honest and we'd be more than happy to return to a two storey cottage room in the future.




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Baan Khaolak Hotel

Baan Khaolak Seaview Villa R203
Baan Khaolak Seaview Villa R203
Baan Khaolak Seaview Villa R203
Seaview Villa R203
Seaview Villa R203
Seaview Villa R203
Baan Khaolak Reception
Baan Khaolak swimming pool
Baan Khaolak pool
Baan Khaolak Reception
Baan Khaolak pool
Baan Khaolak pool
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Sink and walk-in shower R203
R203
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Sink & walk-in shower Seaview Villa R203
Looking through to bathroom in R203
Baan Khaolak Superior Suite
Baan Khaolak Beach front villa
Beach front villa with sea view
Superior Suite
Beach front villa
Beach Front villa seating area & view


The swimming pool is gorgeous and absolutely lovely to swim in and the beach restaurant was a nice place to have lunch (we didn't eat there in the evening). The bar was nice to have a cocktail while watching the sunset and the staff were all very friendly. There was a library room which has internet access (was free in 2006, but in 2008 they charged 100B per hour), and a small gym. Wi-fi internet access is also available in all rooms, also at 100B per hour. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this hotel and we certainly hope to return here one day in the not too distant future.


The hotel is located on the best section of Nang Thong beach. There are some nice comfortable beach loungers but watch out for some people putting their towels out then not using them for a couple of hours - happens everywhere! The sea was lovely to swim in too. It was nice to go for walks along the beach but further along was much stonier. The location of the hotel is also good for eating out at night or shopping. It's on the edge of Khao Lak town and easy to walk to nearby facilities. Some of the hotels in Khao Lak were a bit isolated and would require a taxi to get into town, but we liked being able to walk everywhere. Visit Baan Khaolak's website.

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Baan Khaolak beach restaurant
Main walkway to beach at Baan Khaolak
Baan Khaolak seaview villa at night
Baan Khaolak entrance
Baan Khaolak beach restaurant
Main walkway to beach
Seaview villa at night
Baan Khaolak entrance
 
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Other hotels to consider

We hired a car to explore the area and went to check out a couple of other hotels that we'd considered. Both were based on Bang Niang beach and although it's a lovely beach too, there was a great deal of building work going on (December 2006) and not much around. We like being able to walk into town for a meal or drink and the Baan Khaolak is ideal for that. If you don't mind being more isolated, these two hotels looked lovely.



La Flora Hotel, Bang Niang


While in Khao Lak we visited this hotel to have a look around - we have not stayed here. La Flora is a beautiful hotel with a large swimming pool, with jacuzzi, restaurant, nice grounds and lovely rooms. The beach looks nice and mountain bikes were available which would be fun if you wanted to explore the nearby area. Visit La Flora's website. Click here to book a room, view photos and read reviews by other tourists.

Princeville deluxe room 1308
Pool at Ao Nang Princeville
Grounds at Ao Nang Princeville
Deluxe Studio Room at La Flora Hotel
Pool at La Flora
Beach at La Flora
Entrance to La Flora
Grounds at La Flora
Seaview Villa at La Flora
Entrance to La Flora
Grounds at La Flora
Seaview Villa at La Flora
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Ayara Villas, Bang Niang

While in Khao Lak we visited this hotel to have a look around - we have not stayed here. Ayara Villas is a small boutique resort, tastefully designed on a lovely area of beach. The rooms are basic but clean and bright and the seaview rooms have lovely views. We had lunch here and the sweet and sour chicken and chicken fried rice were very tasty and excellent value for money. Good selection of food on the menu too. The swimming pool and all except the seaview rooms are across the road from the beach, restaurant and reception but the road appears to be very quiet, so this should not be a probleml. Ayara Villas is owned by the same team that own Duang Jai in Ao Nang, Krabi, which we can thoroughly recommend. Visit Ayara Villas website. Click here to book a room, view photos and read reviews by other tourists.

 

Ayara Villas
Room in Seaview Villa, Ayara Villas
Beach at Ayara Villas
Seaview villas at Ayara Villas
Room in Seaview Villa at Ayara Villas
Beach at Ayara Villas
Beach at Ayara Villas
Swimming pool at Ayara Villas
Patio and sea view from villa
Beach at Ayara Villas
Swimming pool at Ayara Villas
Patio and sea view from Villa
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