Khao Lak, Thailand, is widely known for its scenic beaches and surrounding rainforests. Sitting at the borders of a tropical paradise, various destination spots in Khao Lak are brimming with life as restaurants, markets, and other must-visit areas line the hectic streets.
It offers a fun teaser for vacationers who want a taste of an authentic Thai experience on top of your beyond the go-to beach escapades. From hilltop temples, vibrant markets, night markets, we’re providing you with a guide to the hidden gems in Khao Lak:
For those who want to indulge in local Thai favorites can go crazy in Bang Niang’s night market. Small pop-up stalls and mom-and-pop diners are set up along the 21,000 square-meter market on Phetkasem Road - from makeshift shops to live music. The long stretch of the area transforms into a colorful street filled with a wealth of vendors, stalls that sell clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and more.
Thailand is home to plenty of exotic wildlife strewn across the islands. One of the most unforgettable activities include playing with elephants, but visiting Khao Lak means you can’t miss out on the Turtle Sanctuary.
If you want to relax by the town and spend some time relishing an educational yet Instagram-worthy excursion, the Turtle Sanctuary is the perfect place to appreciate the country’s marine life for animal lovers.
In between the lush parkland and emerald waters is Phang Nga Bay, home to iconic caves and karsts that were put under the spotlight thanks to the movie, Man with the Golden Gun. That’s why it’s also known as James Bond Island, which offers one of Khao Lak’s most breathtaking views.
It’s the perfect place for vacationers who want to experience the everyday routine of locals and go beyond your usual tourist spots. At the same time, the long tail boat that takes you to the port and around the limestone karsts can also be a tour of the picturesque scenes surrounding the tropical paradise.
A short 3-kilometer drive away from the heart of Khao Lak is an iconic temple called Bang Rieng Pagoda. The architecture itself is awe-inspiring as it draws inspirations from three cultures - Thai, Chinese, and Jedi. It’s situated 600 meters above the mountains, giving you a stunning panoramic view of the majestic scene of James Bond Island.
Tourists who want to see a glimpse of the exciting, local life as a teaser of the tropical paradise to come can stop at these hidden gems in Khao Lak. It’s a laid back place that also offers a hub of entertainment at every corner, making it a must-visit in your itinerary when heading to the southern island of Thailand. We’re a beach resort in Khao Lak, get in touch today to book your stay at The Waters Khaolak by Katathani.
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