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  • Baan Nam Kem tsunami memorial
    3.5 stars

    A handful of youngsters kick a soccer ball along the beach. Early evening smoke rises from a grilled fish vendor’s cart. ... read more

  • Diving
    4 stars

    The Khao Lak area boasts one of the highest number of dive operations of any destination in Thailand. They're spread all over the main drag in Nang Thong, with options in virtually all of the smaller beach towns as well. Everything from day dives to full PADI certifications are offered in a number ... read more

  • Ban Nam Khem and Tsunami Memorial
    4 stars

    As part of the greater Khao Lak area, the small and charming fishing village of Ban Nam Khem was at the centre of the destruction caused by the 2004 Tsunami. It was proportionately the hardest hit village in the country, and among the lost was a son of one of the Thai princesses who was aboard a ... read more

  • Day trip to the Similans
    4 stars

    Khao Lak is a major jumping off point for snorkelling tours of the Similan islands, one of Thailand's most stunning island destinations. The Thap Lamu pier to Ko Similan is located south of Khao Lak beach, but tour and dive companies are located throughout the area, and Similan may only be visited ... read more

  • Lamru Khao Lak National Park
    3.5 stars

    Set in a relatively small area of land (at least as far as national parks go), this park occupies the hilly area between Nang Thong beach and Khao Lak beach, and it's worth paying the 100B entry fee to explore for a day. Aside from a picturesque white sand beach and another more rocky beach that ... read more

  • Butterfly farm and orchid garden
    3.5 stars

    Run by an interesting Norwegian chap, the butterfly and orchid farm is set in a nondescript locale off Phet Kasem Rd in Khuk Khak, at the end of a tiny dirt road surrounded by forest. It's not a huge place, but worth the trip, particularly for the butterfly farm that features several species of ... read more

  • Tsunami Museum
    3.5 stars

    Located in what's little more than a shop house along Phet Kasem Rd in Bang Niang, the Tsunami Museum provides an opportunity to reflect on the momentous impact the 2004 Tsunami had on the Khao Lak area through the documented stories of locals. As far as museums go, there's not a whole lot to ... read more


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