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Introducing Khao Lak & Around

Hat Khao Lak is a beach for folks who shun the glitz and cheesiness of Phuket’s bigger resort towns, but still crave comfort, shopping and plenty of facilities. With long stretches of white sand backed by forested hills, warm waves to frolic in and easy day trips to the Similan and Surin Islands, Khao Sok and Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Parks or even Phuket, the area is a central and kicked-back base for exploring the northern Andaman. About 2.5km north of Hat Khao Lak, Hat Bang Niang is an even quieter version of sandy bliss with skinnier beaches but fewer people. Khao Lak proper (also called Khao Lak Town by locals) – a hodgepodge of restaurants, tourist markets and low-rise hotels along a grey highway – isn’t exactly eye-catching, but it is convenient and you’ll probably spend your days at the beach or further afield, anyway.

Internet is widely available and banks and ATMs are everywhere.