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KHAO LAK
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Khao Lak

View from main road Khao Lak
Main road, Khao Lak town
Beach at Baan Khaolak
View from main road, Khao Lak town
Main road,
Khao Lak town
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Beautiful sunset on beach at Baan Khaolak
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Beach at Baan Khaolak
Beautiful sunset on
beach at Baan Khalak
Police boat from tsunami
View from main road in Khao Lak town
Main road, Khao Lak town
Police boat from tsunami
View from main road
Khao Lak town
Main road,
Khao Lak town
Beautiful sunset on beach at Baan Khaolak
Massage next to Baan Khaolak
Main supermarket in Khao Lak town
Beautiful sunset on
beach at Baan Khalak
Massage next to
Baan Khaolak
Main supermarket in
Khao Lak town

 

Restaurants and Bars in Khao Lak

 

Khao Lak nightlife is very low key. There are quite a good selection of restaurants and bars, but no nightclubs or girlie bars. Great for couples or families. Don't leave it too late to eat as some restaurants turned people away after 10pm. Some good places to eat and drink were:


Baan Khaolak Resort - Although we absolutely love this hotel, the restaurant wasn't the best. We only ate there at lunchtime and weren't too impressed with the food, which is more expensive than average. Their papaya salad with fried chicken was an exception - very tasty and incredibly spicy! The club sandwich was soggy, the fried rice was OK but the chicken with it was incredibly chewy. Tough, chewy chicken also spoiled the otherwise delicious coconut and chicken soup.

Nang Ton Beach Resort on the beach next door to Baan Khaolak is a good place to go for lunch. We went twice and the food was good both times. Sweet & sour chicken was very tasty with lots of crunchy vegetables, the fried rice with chicken was very good and the chicken and coconut milk soup was also very tasty. Prices were very reasonable too.

Ruen Thai Restaurant Jai - Excellent value and very tasty food at this popular restaurant on the main road. Nice papaya salad to start and very good massamum and penaeng curries.

Ruen Thai (see left) - Another popular place on the main road. Ate here in 2008 and had a very tasty red curry with potatoes and a nice green curry with nice corn and other vegetables. in 2006 had nice spring rolls and enjoyed our red and yellow Thai curries although the yellow one had a flavour of Indian curry which was odd!

Phukhaolak - Directly opposite Baan Khaolak Resort on the main road, this place has a lovely atmosphere with seats outside with candles on the table and trees covered in fairy lights (maybe just for Christmas), with cute subtle Thai music playing. The food was excellent and the place very popular, although it's slightly more expensive than most of the restaurants in Khaolak. We thought it was worth it though. We loved the chicken satay (a huge portion, more than big enough for 2 to share) with nice peanut and cucumber sauces. The massamum curry and penaeng curry with chicken were absolutely delicious but the penaeng was the most spicy dish we had the whole holiday! We did tell them that we liked spicy, because generally we find the Thais don't make it spicy enough for the tourists, but if we went back we'd ask for medium spicy! We originally went to this restaurant just after it had opened in 2006 when we thought it had lots of potential, but terrible service. They have definitely sorted out their problems as the service was excellent in December 2008.Spring rolls at Happy Lagoon

 

Happy Lagoon - The spring rolls here (see right) are to die for! Absolutely delicious spring rolls with prawns and the most delicious spicy sauce. The fried rice with chicken was tasty too. The bar next door is a nice place to have a drink in the evening.

Viking Steak Restaurant - Very popular restaurant. We ate there twice in 2006 and both times were delicious. However we went back in 2008 and were extremely disappointed. It was by far the most expensive meal we had in Khao Lak but by no means the most enjoyable. Maybe we just got them on an off night, or maybe they feel they don't have to try so hard now because the restaurant is so popular. The sauce with the Chicken with wine and mushroom sauce was really salty and very heavy - I landed up scraping it all off and just eating the chicken (which was very tender). The huge potato wedges served with it were delicious. The meat was very nice in the Steak and Pork Fillet Combo (can't remember exactly what the dish was called) but again the sauce was overpowering and too salty. The potato that came with it was cold, so we had to ask them to heat it up for us. No apology though. Complimentary salad to start is a nice touch. Doubt if we'd go back again as there are much better restaurants in Khao Lak.

The staff were very friendly at La Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant. The food wasn't bad either. We enjoyed the bruschetta to start and then shared Arrabiatta Penne Pasta and a Pizza Diavola. The pasta was tasty but the pizza was a bit bland. Nice change though.

 

We had a delicious pizza in Khao Lak Restaurant, also on the main street. The pasta looked really nice too and the place was very popular. Again, however, the service was terrible. This was certainly not the fault of the Thai staff who were running about trying their best to serve everyone. The western owner didn't seem to be making any effort to help them.

Cocktails at Phulay barPhulay Bar - This is a great little bar (see left), next to Phukhaolak restaurant. They do the best cocktails in Khaolak and for a bargain 100B each*. We particularly loved the Mai Tai, Pina Colada and Khaolak Legacy. The owner Puu is very friendly and also runs the travel office next door with his brother.

Kahlua, Baileys, Triple Secretary

D-Time - We had a drink here a couple of times and had a very tasty lunch here too. The spring rolls were a close second to those at Happy Lagoon and the fried rice with chicken was one of the nicest we had. Service was good too. We noticed that they'd changed their menu but when we were here In 2006 the cocktail menu had us in stitches. B52's ingredients are Khalua, Baileys and Triple Secretary!!!

 


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Shopping


Shopping in Khao Lak is very low key. No large malls but plenty of small shops where you can buy clothes, souvenirs, silk, wooden items, paintings, etc. There is a large supermarket in Khao Lak Town, several opticians (we can recommend Top Charoen Optical - helpful, friendly staff and very good quality) and tailors, and several other small stores like 7-11 where you can buy drinks, toiletries, books, etc .

 

Trips from Khao Lak

There are many things to do from Khao Lak. Khao Sok National Park is nearby where you can go elephant trekking or canoing. Khao Lak is an ideal base for visiting the Similan Islands, some of the best dive sites in the world where you can either go on a day trip or stay on a boat for a multi-day dive tour. There are tours to James Bond Island, featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun.


Suzuki Jeep from PCC Adventures

Another option is to hire a car and explore the area yourself. A reliable place to hire from is PCC Adventures (13/44 M.7, in Khao Lak town on a side street off the main road, down from the main supermarket, Tel: 076 485 126 or 089 6469195)). They are Budget Car Hire approved but we hired a car in high season and their Budget cars were fully booked. They were still able to give us a Suzuki Jeep for just 1100B per day*. Very friendly and we'd go back there to hire again although we'd book in advance to try to get a better car.

 

The roads are fairly quiet, the standard of roads are good and it's nice to have some freedom to explore. Try to get a decent map before you head out though, as some roads aren't marked well and the map we had was useless. We decided to drive north to Takuapa and then get the ferry over to Kho Koh Khao, but we couldn't find the turn off for the ferry and we finally decided it was 'a sign' and moved on! If you fancy going to Kho Koh Khao make sure you get good directions first!

 

On the main road at Bang Niang there is the Tsunami Museum. It's a small, low key museum but is interesting to look round, and there is a donation box where all money received goes to local children. Just along from the museum is a chilling reminder of the tsunami - a police boat that was swept about 3km inland, across the main road and into a field from the power of the wave.

 

Transport

The nearest airport to Khao Lak is Phuket, approximately 1½hours away. For transportation from Khao Lak to Phuket airport, we used Khaolak Travel & Tours Center, which is the first travel office on the main road just round the corner from the Baan KhaoLak Resort. You can call them on (66)076 485065 or e-mail them. We found them to be very friendly and efficient. Cost was 1200B in December 2008.

Some useful sites about Khao Lak

Khao Lak Lovers - Useful site with an excellent forum. Ted who runs the site is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the area
My Khao Lak - a German site which is soon to be translated into English. The useful forum has some posts in English

Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum

 

 

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*Note: Prices quoted above were accurate in 2008