Khaolak is known as a holiday resort town in Phang Nga on the Andaman Coast. The first tourists where coming 20 years ago, just a couple of them. Accomodation was hard to find and food, nightlife, etc. was not present. Khaolak in those days was a quiet village. But that changed rapidly ! Now, Khaolak is an international known tourist place with the biggest attractions Similan Islands and Khaosok National Park. Khaolak is the closest point to both very impressive national parks.
Khaolak offers 2 beaches: NangTong Beach and Sunset Beach. The last one is the best beach of Khaolak, with clear waters and a wide sandy beach is is a good place to relax. Sunset Beach offers a long strip of bigger and smaller seaside resorts. NangTong Beach is in the 'heart of town'. Easy to go to, and you can walk all the way to Bang Niang or to Sunset Beach.
The area of Khaolak expanded also in the years of development. North of Khaolak, on about 5km, you will find Bang Niang. This little village grew to the same size as Khaolak. Shops, restaurants, international hotels and a long beach. Here you can also find everything you need. Bang Niang is also famous for the market. 3 Times a week, (monday, wednesday and saturday) there is a big market. Very nice to see and all fresh products. The market is across the stranded police boat so not to hard to find !!
Going more north for another 5 to 8 km, you will find Khuk Khak village. Khuk Khak village is a quiet small place, but having some interesting things. Khuk Khak beach is very long and stretches all the way to Pakarang. The beach offers some big 5 star hotels like the newly J W Marriot. The area those big hotel chains attracts many local people who started small bamboo and wood style restaurants on the beach offering great food, massage and tours. The beach got a great look without being over crowded or build. in Khuk Khak you can also find the big temple which is worth a visit. If you love golf, there is a driving range in Khuk Khak to improve your 'swing' !
More north for another 4, 5 km you will find Pakarang Cape. Very nice point. Pakarang was completely wiped out by the Tsunami in 2004 and now, it is completely rebuild. With a beach strip hosting 4 major 4 star hotels and a clear and calm sea, this the relaxing place. The beach sand is very fine also the sea water is very shallow so good for families with children. Pakarang is/have a Cape so with low tide you can walk easily to the end of the Cape. Nice shells and pieces of coral can be found on the Cape.
Drive on for another 4 km, Pak Weep is the place you should go. Probably the best beach in whole Khaolak area. White Sand Beach is a typical example of a tropical paradise beach. White fine sands, clear blue/turqouise sea, do we need to say more ??!!! Pak Weep offers just a couple of international hotels. Because of the low deveopment the area is very quiet and nice. Pak Weep connects with Bangsak and it is possible to walk all the way to Bangsak without meeting somebody ! In this area there is not much entertainment, some restaurants are here, but generally all the hotel guests go to Khaolak/Bang Niang area. Pak Weep is also know for its waterfall. Sairoong (or: rainbow) Waterfall is very nice and have water year round. Though in the high (and dry) season there is not to much water. The best time to see and enjoy the waterfall is at the end of the raining season (end october). The waterfall is full and the water is clear.
Go up north for 5 more km, Bangsak is the next place. Or better: beach. Bangsak is a long (5 to 7 km) long beach with clear white sand and crystal clear blue waters. At the end of Bangsak Beach you will find a strip with a lot of fresh seafood restaurants. Here you can enjoy day fresh seafood ! This place is very popular with local thai people who come here to enjoy the weekends with family and friends. Enjoy the sea, beach and food in good company of your good friends and family. So the saturdays and sundays are quite busy here but midweek it is quiet, making it an excellent place to relax and have some good food. The sunsets are one of the best you can see.
Baan Nam Khem and Bang Muang
Two very small places. Baan Nam Khem gained world fame after the Tsunami. The village was clean wiped out and many international leaders came to see the remains. Now the village has been rebuild and life is back to normal. Baan Nam Khem is a fishermen village and probably always will be. But the two places boost some interesting spots. To begin: the pristine beaches. Really there is nobody on their beaches !Completely unspoiled. The waters are clear and the sea is good for swimming. Second, there are some good restaurants. Offering fresh seafood in local thai style. After the Tsunami a memorial was build to memorize the victims of the Tsunami. Now many tourists come to see the memorial and to get an impression what happenend.
Baan Nam Khem also is the port to the island across. The island of Koh Kho Khao is a paradise. Now, many resorts have opened their doors on the island. The island offers clean and sandy white beaches, clear waters and a tranquil atmosphere. There is not much to do on the island, but if you need to relax and just want to sit on a beach, this is the best place.
South of Khaolak.
Going to the south and passing the green hill of the national park, we find South Khaolak or South Beach. Here you find a beach strip of luxury resorts, restaurants, massage and some small shops. There is also a waterfall called Ton Pling, just like all the other waterfalls the best time to come and enjoy this place is at the end of the raining season. (end of october) This waterfall is good for swimming and have a hangbridge offering good photo opportunity.