Designed to get Farangs to spend their money. You can't really blame them, either seeing as the westerners (I think mainly German and French whilst I was there) seem happy to spend their money on over inflated prices, therefore everybody else is obliged to spend over the odds too.
Very disappointing and its the only criticism I have of the Thai people, seems they are happy to be less than honest to make more money. The people themselves I cannot fault and I really enjoy the company of the Thai people, just the ugly side of the tourist trade, and the ugly nature of the development of this town. I won't go again, and will recommend people not to go there. Although, it seems late Middle aged and above European couples/families are in abundance there, so there must be something that they like. It's not for me, though. By the way, I recommended Khao Lak for certain things above as the survey doesn't allow you to submit a review without giving an answer for every section.
Most places rebuilt after the 2004 Tsunami but everything still in a disorganized state. There has obviously been absolutely no planning done in laying out the town site and all the main activities are still along side of the main North/South highway.
There has been some attempt at creating a frontage road along parts of the city but this too is way too narrow and leaves very little room for parking.
Khao Lak seems the place to be if you are plus 40 and coming from Germany, Russia or Britain. You will see too many white dudes with beer guts enjoying misserable western food while rolling on the beach.
I think the beach is the only really nice thing about that Area with long sandy areas with some rocks that make it nice for swimming and play on the beach. The walking street along the main road is noisy and busy and far more expensive than other tourist places. Food is catered to the western taste, good (original) thai food is not easy to find. There are some nice restaurants if you explore the area located in some side roads a bit further north.
Khao Lak, not for us. It feels very "all over the place", and by this I mean you have some number of centers that are far enough apart to not walk so you have to take a cab or rent some vehicle.
The beach is nice, the shopping is not that good, and nightlife doesn't really exist at all. I'd say Khao Lak is a good location for people looking to just lie at the pool or on the beach, families with small children who want a nice resort environment, and to some extent divers although besides Koh Bon I was not impressed.
Lovely area, much more suited towards couples, but scuba divers should definitely go because the similian & surin islands are incredible! best diving I've ever done & I've done 50 + dives.
Loved it. Excellent value for money. The owner and general manager are very helpful and nice. It was a leisurely 15 minute walk to the beach with restaurants and shops along the way.
Bang Niang is a little more chill than Nang Thong/Khao Lak but still has plenty to do. The hotel is also a two minute walk to the Tsunami Memorial that has police boat 813. I'd stay here again.
Stunning area with stunning beaches. The perfect holiday if you divide you time between the craziness of Phuket (Patong, Kata etc) and the natural beauty and serenity of Khoa Lak.
The locals in Koah Lak are so friendly and helpful. There is night markets in town for some shopping and local delights. Rent a scooter and explore the area, beaches and beach bars and restaurants. The roads aren't to crazy & I felt very safe. There are several waterfalls to explore and touring the "old town' and seeing how they collect latex and produce cashew nuts was very interesting. Elephant trekking and day trips to the islands are also amongst some of the activities you can do in and around Khoa Lak.
Have been there before but didn't like it, this time however I quite enjoyed the relaxation and was happy, still need transport to get around though am lucky I have a car :-)
The only reason to visit Khao Lak is to get to the islands for snorkeling or diving. It is not a fun spot, the beach is ok, but there are better ones on nearly any island.
As a jumping off spot for Surin, and especially, Ko Bon, it works.
Honestly, khao lak is more for travelers who likes to spend 70% of their time by beach or resort.. There's no shopping mall or night market like other parts of Thailand.
Travelers whose looking to buy special souvenirs or gifts will be disappointed. Khao lak is more lay back and slower pace :)
The area around Khao Lak is quite with nice beaches that arnt to bussy there are a few water falls in the area and you can easily get a speed boat out to similan islands.
It is about 1.5 hours from phuket airport and about 2 hours from Aonang by car,it is not hard to hire a motorcycle and xplore the area
We first visited Khao Lak in Feb 2004, just before the tsunami, and returned in Jan 2015. We were curious to see how things had changed in the intervening decade.
As was to be expected, the village has grown considerably, but still has some of the laid-back feel that existed in 2004. Even though it was high season, the number of tourists was still manageable (unlike some of the popular locations in Thailand). Bang Niang is definitely more suited to families, and not those looking for lively nightlife.
Sure a great spot for family retreat for to recharge worn out batteries, highly recommended. If you seeking busy nightlife and bars go to Phukhet or Phattaya
Amazing place to visit, very nice and relaxed with very friendly locals and a large array of restaurants nearby serving both local and international cuisine.
We were in the wet season so the whole place was virtually closed down. Lots of closed shops. Tours to Similian islands not running and I could go on.
Our hotel was on skeleton staff and might have well been closed. Good for lying around doing nothing during the wet. Probably different in season.
Sure a great spot for family retreat for to recharge worn out batteries, highly recommended. seeking busy nightlife and bars go to Phukhet or Phattaya.
Khao Lak best beach is the coconut beach. White sand beach is full of expensive hotels where you can't rent chair and the waves are stronger.
You need the car in Khao Lak, as the best beaches are far and the taxi are expensive; further the best Thai restaurants, La Marina and Yim Yim where Thai people eat fish is superb are far away and some streets have not lighting so with motorcycle is dangerous.
A really friendly town with mostly nice weather in summer has some magic attractive atmosphere. Unless it's raining the weather is nice.
The sea and the beach is really beautiful. The island has crystal clear water.
Relaxing or adventure. It can be whatever you want it to be. Great beaches and water sports. Excellent food choices, European and Thai.
You can get what you need but Not ideal for shopping, but great on all other levels. Great massage. Really lovely Thai people. Very safe.
En kiten stad där man kan förnöja sig med shopping och restaurang besök.Finns många småbutiker,(gott om sommarkläder) och restauranger
There are a few beaches and waterfalls in the area. Maybe you can rent a bike (200-300baht/day) and go around the area and explore.
This place has many nice 5 star hotels but very far from the shopping area. It would be great if you have your own transportation.
The tourist attraction is kinda boring compare to Phuket. Khao Lak is best for people looking for relax at the resort and beaches.
If you are seeking for fun and entertainment Khao Lak is far away from Phuket, will hardly found a happenning bar in town. City center is small and quite too.
nothing much going around the area,but good area for just relaxing, also for those who goes to Simillan or Surin island.
Better than the overdone patong karon beach stay which I did enjoy but its overun pesty hawkers with hard sell crowds .
.. much better then take a ferry to lanta ..only 300 250 bht jump on a cheap scooter and explore
The market (held Monday, Saturday and another week day) is interesting. Lots of cool Thai food and bargains to be had.
But the main attraction is the beaches.
Don't miss a day trip to Similan or Ta Chai Island. They are gems of Thailand and close to Khao Lak main pier.
A place to go in Thailand that is peaceful and beautiful. Has everything you need just in a quitter version.
Pakarang Beach is a great place to relax. Khao Lak, nice little town, near national parks and beaches.
the quite and small town which you can find some necessary stuff for your hotel and beach relaxation.