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Khao Lak

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  • Ban Nam Khem and Tsunami Memorial
    4 stars

    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 fishing vessel in the seas near Nam Khem. That boat has found its place as part of the Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial, which also features a large and striking ... read more

  • Diving or snorkelling the Similans
    4 stars

    While the Similan islands are the main draw, most dive companies can take you to Ko Bon, Ko Surin and Richilieu Rock, and other destinations in the region. Many also have live aboard ships that offer multiple day excursions to a host of sites throughout Thailand's Andaman Sea. The Thap Lamu ... read more

  • Lamru Khao Lak National Park
    3.5 stars

    Aside from a picturesque white sand beach and another more rocky beach that are both great for sunsets, the park also features a couple of impressive waterfalls — Ton Chongfa to the north and Lamprao to the west, on the other side of Phet Kasem Rd. Of the two, Ton Chongfa is both easier to ... 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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