Muay Thai Boxing at MANATHAI Khao Lak
Khao Lak – which literally means "Lak Mountain" – is a series of white-sand beaches hugging Phang Nga's west coastline and backed by forested hills. The area is very popular for its serene ambiance and as a departure point for day trips to the Similan and Surin Islands and Khao Sok and Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Parks. Differentiating Khao Lak from neighbouring tourist destinations like Phuket (70km south) are its quiet, up-scale, secluded coastal resorts; uncrowned beaches; family-friendly evening environment and local laws that prohibit structures taller than the height of a coconut palm tree. All of these attributes combine to keep Khao Lak down to earth. The area is a central, laid-back base from which to explore the northern Andaman.
This slice of paradise is waiting to welcome you and as a little further encouragement, we list below five top activities to do whilst here:
At MANATHAI Khao Lak guests can learn the fundamentals of Thailand's national sport, Muay Thai boxing, guided by two experts from the resort's Thai recreation team, both of whom have entered the ring as challengers for a variety of titles in the past. The instructors focus on basic techniques such as stance, footwork, basic punches, kicks, knees and elbows, as well as demonstrating effective defensive moves. The classes take place on the beach or by the resort's pool, and boxers are kitted out with 450g gloves and shin pads to prevent any blemishes to their hard-earned tropical tan. Each session begins with a 10-minute stretch as the trainers guide their students through controlled leg and arm swings, followed by a few minutes of shadow boxing before moving on to full contact practice with the pads.
*This free class is held from 10:00 – 11:00am every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (subject to change without notice).
Besides how to throw a punch, MANATHAI Khao Lak guests can discover the secrets behind Thailand’s most iconic dishes with our exclusive in-house cooking class, providing participants with all the knowledge and training needed to take home authentic tastes from the Land of Smiles. Your culinary adventure is held in a shaded hut and guided by Bangsak village native Khun Karoon Sinbaen, an expert chef whose family runs a notable nearby restaurant.
Your small group will spend the afternoon creating a four-course feast: 1) appetizer, such as Satay Gai (chicken satay with peanut sauce); 2) soup, such as Tom Kha Gai (chicken coconut soup); 3) main course, such as Pad Thai Goong Sod (fried noodles with prawns); and, of course, a desert, such as Kluay Buad Chee (bananas in coconut milk). Click here to discover more.
The Phang Nga Coastal Fisheries Research & Development Center (also known as “Turtle Heaven”) was founded in 1985 and is located along Thai Muang Beach, 30 km south of downtown Khao Lak. This impressive center covers 37 acres and is a wonderful attraction suitable for all ages. Their objective is to foster and protect a wide range of marine life, in particular turtles, of which four endangered species are featured – Green Turtle, Ridley Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Leatherback Turtle. These species are common throughout the Andaman Sea, especially around the Similan and Surin Islands. The center is also a place of rehabilitation for sick and injured turtles. As a baby nursery, more than 500 green turtles are released every year during the Turtle Release Festival held in the beginning of March.
*Opens 8:30am – 4:30 pm with and entry fee of Baht 20 per person.
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you cannot work up a sweat, right? When in paradise, do like the locals do and hit the beach volleyball court! The MANATHAI Khao Lak Recreation Team hosts an invigorating mixed game for all level of enthusiasm twice a week. What began on the beaches of Waikiki, Hawaii way back in 1915 is now very much a beloved worldwide sport. It doesn’t matter if you’re experienced or a beginner, come along to learn the basics of this lively sport. You’ll be amazed at how easy, quick and fun it is to learn to dig, set, spike, pokey, serve and block. As this is a team sport, you’ll no doubt make some news friends along the way, be they locals or fellow travellers. See you on the court!
*This free group activity is held from 4:30 – 5:30pm every Monday and Saturday (subject to change without notice).
As Khao Lak is bordered to the east by the mountains of the Khao Sok National Park, there are many waterfalls to explore in the immediate countryside. Most are at their best from August – November, once the rainy season kicks. Three of our favourites are as follows. 1) Lampi waterfall is situated about 30 minutes away and is very nice, three-level waterfall, best viewed in the early morning or late afternoon. 2) Ton Chong Fa waterfall is located only 7 km off the main road, but it’s a steep and hard trek along an uneven track from the car park to the actual fall. Once there you’ll be rewarded with a good swimming pool at the final drop of this five-level waterfall. 3) Sai Rung (rainbow) waterfall is the closest to town (10km away) and is a charming and refreshingly cool spot to relax at. The fall is located close to the car park, making access easy for the visually impaired or elderly.
*Most waterfalls are open from 8:00am – 4:30pm and the entry fee is about Baht 100 per person.
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