Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
The Khao Lak area's most popular beach is Nang Thong, where you'll find mid- to high-end resorts along the sand and plenty of cheaper options on the main road. Two kilometres further north, Bang Niang also has a good group of beach resorts to go with a more laid-back atmosphere. Things get even quieter as you continue north up to Bang Sak, while those looking for a glimpse of Southern Thai fishing life might spend a night up in Baan Nam Khem.
Nang Thong and towards Phuket
Nang Thong beach (commonly referred to itself as Khao Lak) is the area's major hub and this is where you'll find the biggest concentration of dive shops, nightspots and accommodation to suit the broadest range of budgets. A few kilometres further south is Khao Lak beach, with a smattering of top-end resorts, and the Thap Lamu pier, the departure point for the Similan National Park.
Great value and locationNang Thong beach
T: (076) 485 845; F: (076) 485 846
Nestled around a small pond in a shady, spacious area, Green Beach offers simple but stylish accommodation in a secluded but prime location directly facing the northern part of Nang Thong beach. A ... Read the full review of Khao Lak Green Beach Resort.
New serviced apartments near the beach30/30 Moo 7, Nang Thong beach
T: (076) 485 6869; F: (076) 485 690
Golden Place is a four storey building that, despite seeming a little out of place, offers shiny new serviced apartment style rooms that are a good option for saving some cash without sacrificing ... Read the full review of Khao Lak Golden Place.1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
Lively backpacker joint26/61 Moo 7 Phet Kasem Rd, Nang Thong beach
T: (084) 840 2689;
Walker's slogan is more than just a guesthouse, and we find this to be true — it's more like a backpackers institution. The bright and cheery fan dorms with shared baths that feature brand new ... Read the full review of Walkers Inn.
If you really want to indulge18/1 Moo 7 Nang Thong beach
T: (076) 429 800; F: (076) 429 819
Looking to live the high life? Occupying a massive area of well groomed land right on Nang Thong beach, Khao Lak Seaview is one of the more decadent choices in the area. Rooms come in several styles ... Read the full review of Khao Lak Seaview Resort.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
Friendly budget spot with surprising extras4/147 Moo 7, Phet Kasem Rd, Nang Thong beach
T: (076) 485 889 ;
Situated down a quiet lane that's still close to the action of central Nang Thong and a five minute walk to the beach, Banana is a cheerful and friendly spot run by an enthusiastic group of young ... Read the full review of Banana Bungalows.
Well-equipped26/14 Moo 7, Nang Thong beach, Takua Pa
T: (076) 429 200; F: (076) 420 095
A lavish resort amid the national park, the buildings here are fairly packed in and it feels more run-of-the-mill than Khaolak Paradise Resort next door. The rooms are fully kitted out and come ... Read the full review of Khao Lak Palm Beach Resort.
Terrific, but expensive26/24 Moo 7, Nang Thong beach
T: (076) 429 100; F: (076) 429 129
A very stylish high-end resort on the hill at the southern end of Nang Thong beach, Paradise lives up to its name. The resort feels like it's set in the heart of the rainforest even though you also ... Read the full review of Khaolak Paradise Resort.
Central location, solid valueNang Thong beach
T: (076) 485 088; F: (076) 485 090
Nang Thong Bay Resort is located right in the middle of Nang Thong beach and offers some stylish and well equipped beach front villas that resemble many others we saw in the area that go for double ... Read the full review of Nang Thong Bay Resort.
Fresh and funkyPhet Kasem Rd, Nang Thong beach
T: (081) 956 5654;
Ready to give Walkers Inn a run for its money, Seaweed is a recent arrival on the scene that's aiming at the younger, budget backpacker set. Less than a five minute walk from the beach, Seaweed is ... Read the full review of Seaweed Hostel.
Comfortable and cheapMoo 7 Phet Kasem Rd, Nang Thong
T: (083) 280 2326;
Set back down the side street behind Khao Lak Seafood, Baan Noen Thong is a true guesthouse that offers simple but clean, comfortable and modern rooms at budget rates. Rooms have a minimalist theme ... Read the full review of Baan Noen Thong.
The luxury mother ship7/7 Phetkasem Rd, Khao Lak beach
T: (076) 428 300; F: (076) 443 200
The architects didn't hold back on this one — with a fitness centre, games room, beauty salon, clinic, ballroom, conference room and no less than five pools, Merlin is the luxury traveller's ... Read the full review of Khaolak Merlin Resort.
Popular spot19/1 Moo 7, Nang Thong beach
T: (076) 420 318; F: (076) 423 311
Offering better but pricier rooms than nearby Jai Bungalows, Khao Lak Seafood is a popular place to stay and eat right along the main road in Nang Thong. Rooms are set back in a quiet, lush garden ... Read the full review of Khao Lak Seafood Family House.Under 600B 4 votes Backpacker
Good value rooms but nothing extra5/9 Moo 7 Phet Kasem Rd, Nang Thong beach
T: (089) 867 0807; F: (076) 485 370
Located along the main road on the way out of Nang Thong to the north, Srichada doesn't look like much from the outside. Inside however, the rooms are a very pleasant surprise, and they offer perhaps ... Read the full review of Srichada Motel.
Getting on5/1 Moo 7, Nang Thong beach, Takua Pa
T: (076) 420 390; F: (076) 420 390
Jai's offers slightly less value for money than the similarly set-up Khao Lak Seafood nearby. The bungalows out the back of this restaurant are more expensive, but older and tattier, and the grounds ... Read the full review of Jai Restaurant and Bungalows.
Situated two kilometres to the north of Nang Thong, Bang Niang beach and surrounds offers a more laid back atmosphere, some well done high end resorts, and a couple family run budget gems.
Classy with chilled out vibes67/62 Moo 5, Bang Niang beach
T: (076) 486 600; F: (076) 486 601
Directly across the street from Thup Thong Guesthouse, The Shambhala occupies a great beach front location and is one of our favourite higher end spots in the area. As far as amenities go, the resort ... Read the full review of The Shambhala Resort.
Unique and well appointed54/1 Moo 5 Bang Nieng beach
T: (076) 486 858; F: (076) 486 857
With its façade of bright yellows, oranges and blues, Chong Fah appears to perhaps be on the tacky side from outside, but nothing could be farther than the truth. The Resort sports modern ... Read the full review of Chong Fah Resort.
Cheerful budget spot57/5 Moo 5, Bang Niang beach
T: (076) 486 224;
Set towards the end of a quiet side road in Bang Niang, about a five minute walk from the beach, the Sandy House is probably the best true budget option in this area. It's a family run spot with ... Read the full review of Sandy House.
Spacious, comfortable, at the beach53/1 Moo 5 Bang Niang beach
T: (076) 486 722;
Tucked towards the northern end of the road that fronts Bang Niang beach, Thup Thong is the only true budget guesthouse on this stretch, and thankfully it's a good one. The three storey guesthouse ... Read the full review of Thup Thong Guest House & Bungalows.
Cheap and cheerfulPhet Kasem Rd, Bang Niang beach
T: (081) 963 7243;
Located along Phet Kasem Rd just before the turn off for Bang Niang beach, Riverside is set along more of a muddy creek than a river, but their rooms exceeded our expectations. Dirt cheap fan rooms ... Read the full review of Riverside Guesthouse.
Low-key villas53/2, Moo 5, Bang Niang
T: (076) 486 478; F: (076) 486 480
Set along either side of Bang Niang beach, Ayara offers classy but pricey beach front villas and luxurious rooms in a three storey building a short walk to the the beach, which are set around a ... Read the full review of Araya Villas.1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
Bang Sak beach and surrounds
North of Bang Niang lies Khuk Khak beach, Cape Pakarang and Bang Sak beach, and there's some fantastic, albeit more isolated places to stay in this area. There's no tourist centre here of the likes of Nang Thong, just a few villages and some very relaxing landscape. There's also a couple of good bamboo-hut restaurants on the road that runs along Bang Sak beach.
If we could pick just one place to stay56/1 Moo 2 Khuk Khak
T: (087) 890 7307;
Owned and operated by a laid back Thai woman and her chatty German husband, Lake View is a small, relaxed resort spread over a quiet and shady stretch of land across the street from a small lake and ... Read the full review of Lake View Bungalows.
One of the region's best60 Moo 2, Khuk Khak
T: (076) 427 900; F: (076) 427 906
Of all of the top-end resorts along the Khao Lak coast, the Sarojin has become the most famous, and many believe the best. With stunning villas, tranquil grounds and impeccable staff, it's hard not ... Read the full review of The Sarojin.over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
If you're looking to be a beach bum28/2 Moo 2 Khuk Khak
T: (076) 487 580;
Set amidst a dazzling white sand beach near the point of Cape Pakarang, White Sand offers plain but comfortable concrete and wood bungalows to go with a great beachside restaurant and one of the best ... Read the full review of White Sand Beach Restaurant & Bungalow.
More of a homestay near Bang Sak beachPhet Kasem Rd, Bang Sak beach
T: (076) 406 459;
Located just past Amnat's if heading north on Phet Kasem Rd, Nanta is a family home with a few rooms out back that could be another great homestay experience, especially if Amnat is not around. Rooms ... Read the full review of Nanta Guesthouse.
Northern Thai style villas with lots of extras46 Moo 2 Pakarang beach, Khuk Khak
T: (076) 429 777; F: (076) 429 799
With its traditional northern Thai theme, Takolaburi is a refreshing break from the sprawling resorts of Khao Lak, so many of which seem like clones of one another. Set around lotus ponds and several ... Read the full review of Takolaburi Cultural Resort.
Stay with a good hearted guyPhet Kasem Rd, Bang Sak beach
T: (081) 2067 746;
A kind, gentle and sincere local man who lost most of his family in the 2004 Tsunami, Amnat speaks good English and generously opens his house to anyone who wants to stay with him. He stopped ... Read the full review of Amnat's place.
Solid budget spot in an isolated localePakarang beach, Khuk Khak
T: (076) 487 096;
About a half km from the beach, Pakarang is a small, family run budget resort with pleasant and functional fan and air-con concrete bungalows set around a small pool and jacuzzi. Bungalows only have ... Read the full review of Pakarang Bungalows.
Nam Khem village and Laem Pom
Few travellers stop in the pretty little fishing village of Nam Khem, about 7 km southwest of Takuapa and 30 km north of Bang Thong beach. While it's not a typical place to stay it's worth a day trip to experience life in a Thai coastal village, and to visit the Tsunami memorial. Ko Kho Khao can also be visited in a day from Nam Khem, and if you like it so much you want to stay put for a night or two Nam Khem does have one great budget place to stay.
Stylish bungalows in a charming villageSoi Kopad, Ban Nam Khem
T: (080) 326 4450;
Tucked between a river and a charming series of narrow lanes with traditional homes, Tara Resort comes as a pleasant surprise. It's chic, modern theme and ambience are markedly out of place in the ... Read the full review of Tara Resort.
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