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Khao Lak and the surrounding region

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Some 50 miles from Phuket airport, Khao Lak is accessible via a bridge that links the island to the mainland. The journey lasts approximately one hour, but once you're there it's pure bliss. Khao Lak is one of the parts of Thailand that was worst hit by the Tsunami, although there are no traces of the destruction today. All the hotels have been rebuilt and some new ones are already being opened.Here's hoping that this development doesn't ruin the natural beauty of Khao Lak. The coast here is much calmer than that of the neighbouring region of Phuket. Khao Lak offers a wide variety of beautiful landscapes: long sandy beaches, impressive underwater sites, lush vegetation with beautiful waterfalls and so much more.

To see

The buddha at the temple of Suwankhuba is a popular excursion as is the island of Kho Panvi, more widely known as 'James Bond Island'.

To do

Discover the Bay of Phang Nga by canoe and explore the caves and tunnels with their stalactite-covered ceilings. Lunch at the fishing village built on stilts in Kho Panvi. Go on an elephant ride in the Khao Lak Park and bathe in the waterfalls after going scuba-diving or snorkelling.


  • +  Beautiful beaches
  • +  The landscapes have been well preserved


  • -  The distance from Phuket airport

To think about

Go with an empty suitcase, otherwise you will be forced to buy an extra bag over there for all your new purchases! Oh, and don't forget your mosquito repellent, very important.

To avoid

There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!

To try

Thai cuisine is excellent but can be very spicy so know your limits and enjoy those spicy peppers in moderation! The choice is varied; from green curry to noodles, from sauteed vegetables to fried rice and soups there is something to satisfy all palates. Don't forget to taste a real pad thai and somtom (green papaya salad).

To bring back

In Thailand, it is difficult to resist the temptation to shop; from clothing to Biddha statues, or incense and cushion covers, here you will find the souvenir to suit you.

Weather Khao Lak and the surrounding region

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Khao Lak and the surrounding region . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Khao Lak and the surrounding region so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Khao Lak and the surrounding region , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 58/100
  • Temperature indicators 70% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 26% Rainy

    Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 32% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 94% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 88% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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