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.
We have 27 places to stay in and around Khao Lak.
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.
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.
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.