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National Park in Hat Khao Lak

Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Park

Immediately south of Hat Khao Lak, this vast 125-sq-km park is a collage of sea cliffs, 1000m-high hills, beaches, estuaries, waterfalls, forested valleys and mangroves. Wildlife includes hornbills, drongos, tapirs,…
Italian in Hat Khao Lak

Jumbo Steak & Pasta

A hole-in-the-wall joint on the west side of Hwy 4, 6km north of Khao Lak proper, launched by a former Le Meridien line chef who does beautiful pasta dishes in all kinds of flavours: penne arrabiata, hot-and-spicy s…
International in Hat Khao Lak

PhuKhaoLak

With cloth tables spilling to the lawn edge at the south end of Khao Lak's highway strip, it’s hard to miss. And you shouldn’t, because there’s a never-ending, well-prepared Thai-European menu of fried/grilled/steam…
Thai in Hat Khao Lak

Takieng

Of two open-air Thai restaurants beneath stilted tin roofs on Hwy 4, 2.5km north of Khao Lak Town, Takieng is the most popular and attractive. It steams fresh fish in sweet green curry, does a scintillating chicken …
Thai in Hat Khao Lak

Khao Lak/Lam Ru National Park Restaurant

At the park visitors centre, just off Hwy 4, 3km south of Khao Lak proper, there’s a scenic open-air restaurant perched on a shady slope overlooking the sea. From here, you can take a fairly easy 3km (one-hour) roun…
Museum in Hat Khao Lak

International Tsunami Museum

On Hwy 4, 2.5km north of Khao Lak proper and just north of Boat 813, is the International Tsunami Museum, with English-language displays, photos and videos that spare no detail about the effects of the disaster in o…
Thai in Hat Khao Lak

Jai

Under a soaring peaked roof at the northern end of central Khao Lak, this semi-open-air, family-run eatery has a gigantic menu of fresh grilled seafood, spiced stir fries and all the curries, rices and noodles. Sati…
Thai in Hat Khao Lak

Go Pong

Get a real taste of local flavours at this terrific streetside diner where they stir-fry noodles and sensational spicy rice dishes and simmer aromatic noodle soups that attract a loyal lunch following. Dishes are pa…
Memorial in Hat Khao Lak

Tsunami Memorial Park

The moving, wave-shaped Tsunami Memorial Park in Ban Nam Khem, a squid-fishing village 26km north of Hat Khao Lak that was nearly wiped off the map, was built to memorialise both tourists and locals who lost their l…
Memorial in Hat Khao Lak

Boat 813

This police boat was hurled into an open field 1km inland from Hat Bang Niang (2.5km north of central Khao Lak) by the powerful 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. A decade later, it remains the region’s most prominent reminde…