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Our Guide to Fun Exotic Places to Visit While in Khao Lak

November 3, 2019

Everybody deserves to take a break from their hectic routine, and what better way to unwind than to spend a few days lounging by the tranquil beaches of Khao Lak in Southern Thailand? This corner of paradise brings you closer to nature with its awe-inspiring landscapes, scenic mountains, and turquoise seas making it a feast for the eyes.

The best part is that you can take your vacation from passive to active as Khao Lak offers various outdoor recreational activities that anyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a beach bum who wants to sunbathe by the shore or an adventure-seeker looking for some thrill, Khao Lak is the escape for your getaway dreams.

Be One with Nature at Khao Sok National Park

With sky-scraping trees and lush greenery stretching for over 258 miles, the Khao Sok National Park is a hot spot fit for those seeking adventure in the great outdoors. Beyond the scenic view offers a diverse wildlife wherein you can marvel at deers, marbled cats, bears, elephants, tigers, and more.

The vibrant rainforest is also home to the world-famous stinking corpse lily, more known as Rafflesia Kerrie. The landscape itself is breathtaking as the green jungle is surrounded by clear coastlines, making it look like an image straight from a fairytale. This is a must-visit place for nature-lovers, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes if you want to make the most of the visit.

Ethical Elephant Experience in Khao Lak

If you want an unforgettable experience, spend time with Thailand’s national animal, the majestic elephant. There are elephant care centers in Khao Lak where you can get up close to these amazing animals in their natural habitat. There are programs that allow visitors to walk together with elephants in the jungle, help prepare their lunch and bathe together in a rock pool.

Visit the Turtle Sanctuary

If spending time with playful elephants left you yearning for more wildlife, dive right into Khao Lak’s Turtle Sanctuary. This is where you can learn to have a deep appreciation for marine turtles as they have been under legal protection under Phang Nga Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre since 1985.

While you can’t engage with the turtles as they are behind tanks to keep them safe from wandering predators, watching them is enough to draw excitement for animal lovers.

Phang Nga Bay Day Trip

A must-see place to visit for spectacular scenery is Phang Nga Bay National Park, where you can sail on a traditional long tail boat through the mangrove forest to the emerald bay where thousands of limestone cliffs rise above the sea. Experience the local culture at the Sea Gypsy village built on stilts above the water, and visit James Bond Island, also known as Khao Phin Kan which was made famous by the film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun,’ for a photo-op to remember.

Thrill-seekers can explore the sea caves and their interior lagoons by canoe and learn about the beauty of the nature in this unique part of the world. If time permits after a visit to the bay, it is worth stopping at the nearby Monkey Temple, Wat Suwan Khuha to marvel at the reclining Buddha while you feed the monkeys for the ultimate experience!

In Conclusion

Khao Lak is bursting with natural wonders, making it the best vacation spot if you’re looking for diverse attractions. From peaceful beaches, crystal clear waterfalls, exotic tropical islands, and verdant national parks, there’s much to explore in this unique destination spot.

If you’re looking to enjoy your holiday at a 4-star beach resort in Khao Lak, get in touch with us at Manathai Khao Lak to see how we can help!