Khao Lak

Where to stay: Khao Lak

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.

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

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.

Bang Niang

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.

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.

Lake View Bungalows
Lake View Bungalows

If we could pick just one place to stay

From 600 baht Walk-in

The Sarojin
The Sarojin

One of the region's best

From 5,476 baht Walk-in

Amnat’s place
Amnat’s place

Stay with a good hearted guy

From 350 baht Walk-in

Nanta Guesthouse
Nanta Guesthouse

More of a homestay near Bang Sak beach

From 250 baht Walk-in

Pakarang Bungalows
Pakarang Bungalows

Solid budget spot in an isolated locale

From 300 baht Walk-in

Takolaburi Cultural Resort
Takolaburi Cultural Resort

Northern Thai style villas with lots of extras

From 2,500 baht Walk-in

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.