Khao Lak

This series of white, sandy beaches that hug's Phang-Nga's west coast is situated about 70km north of Phuket. A central, laid-back base, perfect for exploring the northern Andaman.

Whether you're looking for the comfort of good facilities, shops and restaurants, the touristy markets and low-rise hotels or you'd prefer to head off the beaten track surrounded by rubber-tree plantations and thick mangroves, there's the perfect setting for you, though the area caters mostly to families and those looking for a bit of peace and quiet.

When the 2004 tsunami hit southern Asia, Khao Lak was the worst hit part of Thailand with over 4,000 fatalities, more than 3,000 unaccounted for and thousands injured, though local estimates put the death toll at over 10,000! Since then, its made an impressive recovery and is now a popular tourist destination once again.

Temperatures are high all year round and range between 25°C-35°C.

With so many beaches in the area and boundaries varying with local prejudice, its typically accepted that the beaches of Khao Lak include: Khao Lak Beach, Nang Thong Beach, Bang Niang, Khuk Khak, Cape Pakarang and Bang Sak.

For a family Thai beach break, or if you're looking to lie back and enjoy the peace and quiet of local nature, it's time to book your trip now.

Khao Lak climate ℃