Khao Lak, Thailand – 8 things to do by Paul and Carole

Things to do in Khao Lak

We stayed at the Centara Seaview Hotel for 2 weeks at the end of our trip to Thailand. We really enjoyed our time in Khao Lak so here are 8 things that you could do if you are visiting this area.

1 – Visit Bang Niang Night Market in Khao Lak

Head to the Bang Niang Night market, situated at the north end of Khao Lak. it opens at 4pm and happens every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday (do check though as this may change) It is a really large market that has so many food and drinks options and lots of shopping too.

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Bang Niang Market

If you need the toilets there are some to the left that you have to pay 20 baht or if you head to the right there are a few bars that have toilets in too. We visited twice while we were here, it has a great vibe and the food was delicious. We didn’t do a huge amount of shopping as it did seem expensive in comparison to our previous visits to Thailand.

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Food, food and more food!

2. Visit the Tsunami Museum in Khao Lak

On the other side of the road from the Bang Niang Market is the Khao Lak’s International Tsunami Museum showing the devastating effects of the 2004 Tsunami.

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Tsunami Museum

Right next to the museum, the remains of the Thai navy boat 813, it shows how powerful the waves that hit the coast in Khao Lak were, this large steel vessel was carried almost two kilometres inland! It is a stark reminder of how cruel nature can be.

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Police Boat

3. – Get a Massage in Khao Lak

There are plenty of massage shops to choose from in Khao Lak. All with similar prices, 300 baht for a foot massage which is so much cheaper than in England A treat we enjoyed nearly every other day!

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Enjoy a Massage

4 – Discover the Beaches in Khao Lak

The coast line in Khao Lak is stunning and lined with a selection of beaches.

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White Sands Beach

Take a stroll and admire the beautiful sands and take a dip when it gets too warm! We spent a lot of time on the beaches here, directly in front of our hotel was Nang Thong beach, White Beach and Memory beach were further north but in easy reach in a Songthaew.

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Memory Beach

Watching the sun go down with a beer in hand was one of our favourite things to do.

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Nang Thong Beach

5. Listen to Live Music in Khao Lak

We found two bars on the main road, that had live music one called the Monkey Bar which had a three piece house band who performed a wide choice of music from the 60’s through to the modern day. They were really good for a sing a long! Drink prices were reasonable here and the service excellent.

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Monkey Bar

Another bar further up the road was the Happy Snapper. Here the house band was a five piece that played more modern music and also had jam nights for those that wanted to join in. Comfortable surroundings but the drinks were expensive.

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Happy Snapper

If you’re a lover of 70’s music especially Boney M then do visit the Khao Lak Beer Garden. All drinks were 100 baht and you can listen to non stop cheesy tunes! A bowl of dried broad beans were given with each round which were an acquired taste!

If you are looking for party central then Khao Lak is not for you. We enjoyed our time here but everything does close down by midnight -1am. There were a few nights we could of partied on but could not find anywhere open.

6. Experience Ice cream Thai Style in Khao Lak

We normally buy our ice cream by the scoop so was fascinated how the ice cream was made here! Take a look

7. Get your fix of home cooking and sport in Khao Lak

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Walkers Inn

Paul is a Spurs fan so we always have to suss out where he can catch the match. We were recommended Walkers Inn which we found at the lower end of Khao Lak. With multiple screens, showing English premiership football and rugby.

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Sat in the Walkers Inn

This is also where we got our English food fix. We love Thai food but after a while we do crave gravy. Seeing pasty with chips and gravy, pork loin chops and proper english bangers on the menu made us very happy! We were not disappointed, the food was spot on.

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Cornish Pasty

8. Visit the Similan Islands in Khao Lak

This was one of the reasons we wanted to visit this part of Thailand, as a visit to the Similan Islands has been on our bucket list for some time. We booked a speedboat day trip with WoW Andaman. The organisation was excellent and the speedboat was not crowded.

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Similan Island 4

Our first stop was island 4, there were only a few other boats in and it was idyllic. This was just what we had imagined it was like white sands and crystal clear waters.

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Snorkelling in the Similan Islands

The trip involved two snorkeling stops, the water was so clear and we saw a good variety of fish including Dory from Finding Nemo, unfortunately we didn’t see Nemo!

We headed to Island 8 for lunch, unfortunately it seemed that everyone had the same idea and our piece of paradise was spoilt. Our idyllic empty beaches were now swarming with tourists. The powdery white sand of Island 4 had now been replaced with pebbly rough sand and hoards of loud excited visitors.

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The reality of island 8 Similan Islands

Do be aware that when you get on the speedboat you will be asked to put your shoes / flip flops into a big trug. We presumed this trug would be put on the boat but it was not. Luckily we had put our water shoes in our bag, but our friends had not. Walking on the hot sand and pebbly beach 8 was painful and not for the faint hearted!

We are glad that we visited these beautiful islands, but would plan a trip differently now that we know. We would of happily taken a packed lunch so that we avoided island 8 and spent more time on the smaller and beautiful island 4. So it is worth looking at all options when considering a trip. We have heard that the Surin Islands which are slightly further away are not so overrun with tourists, however, we have not had personal experience of this.

So there you have it, our 8 ideas of what to do when visiting Khao Lak. We really enjoyed our stay here, and had a great holiday exploring this part of the world.

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  4. Tracy says:

    Pinning this! Definitely got to visit Khao Lak! There is so much to see and do in Thailand I think it’s going to need some dedicated time (months and months!!!) Looks amazing! Great tip about the shoes too!! Me and my flip flops are rarely parted!
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  5. This is a great list although I am salivating a the thought of chips, pie and gravy right now .. I don’t know when I will be having that ever again but now I know it’s in Koh Lak, there is hope 🙂 We plan to visit here anyway on our travels and one of the reasons is the Similan Islands so great tips about Island 8, thank you. Pinned for future reference! #feetdotravel

    • lol I know us Brits crave our gravy! The Similan Islands were beautiful and I am sure as you have observed on other islands you have visited, the amount of tourists is a worry. Though we are guilty of being one! Thanks for pinning.

  6. The Similan Islands are amazing! Great post guys.
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  7. Night market, massages, beaches, bars; Khao Lak sounds great. 20 baht is a bit steep to use the toilet but I guess when you need to go you need to go! 😉
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  8. Khao Lak and the Similian Islands, what a fun place to visit. Great list of things to do and I like the idea of an island tour but like you would like to miss Island 8 with all the tourist. The english food looks yummy. I pinned this for my next trip and thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. I always love checking out markets and live music so those would be high on my list. Those foot massages are cheap! I would definitely have to take advantage of those, too!
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  10. Lolo says:

    Khao Lok looks amazing!!! I’d love to soak up some sun there!! #feetdotravel
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  11. Only By Land says:

    I knew I recognized Khao Lak from somewhere, I took a day tour to the Similan Islands from Phuket. We drove to Khao Lak first, then took the boat to the Similan Islands. I would have stopped in Khao Lak for a pie and chips if I’d have known!

    • Lol can’t beat a pie!! Yes that would be where you left from southern end of Khao Lak is where the majority of the boats leave from. Thanks for your comment.

  12. Barry says:

    I remember driving to the beach here once from Phuket. Even though I only spent the afternoon it looked like a relaxing place. Heading back to Thailand again in July but to the north this time.

  13. Lisa says:

    Looks like a lot of un and plenty of things to do. love visiting markets and always unique things to find. The water looks so inviting! Hope to visit one day so thanks for sharing your adventure!

  14. David says:

    Another part of Thailand I’ve yet to see but it looks like there’s plenty of fun things to do. Nice!

  15. Travel Lexx says:

    Khao Lak looks so beautiful and those beaches are magical. The Tsunami Museum must have been very interesting and humbling to visit. You guys look like you’ve had an amazing time!

    • It was interesting and moving seeing the devastation and being where it actually happened. The beaches and sunsets in Khao Lak are stunning we had a fab time. Thanks for your comment.

  16. We absolutely cannot wait to visit Thailand, your posts are consistently inspiring to us. I want to go solely based on the fact that I’m a massage therapist and 300 baht a day for a massage is ridiculous compared to what we charge here at the hotel I work for. So much beauty, thank you for another beautiful post.
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    • Ahh thats really good to hear we are inspiring as that is the goal of our blog! Your right massages are ridiculously cheap, same here in England they are so expensive, which is why we have so many when we are in Thailand! Thanks for your comment.

  17. I would love to go snorkeling there! Also, that rolled up ice cream is becoming a trend here in the US too, mostly in the foodie cities like San Francisco and New York. Getting a massage in Thailand is a must no matter where you are! Such a great deal!
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    • True about the rolled ice cream, we seen it in London too a couple of weeks ago. Massages are so cheap and good you’re right they are a must do! Thanks for your comment.

  18. Annalise says:

    We didn’t get to go to Khao Lak when we were in Thailand a few weeks ago but it looks beautiful and it looks like there’s a good balance between relaxing and doing activities!
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  19. Icecream and pristine beaches! Sounds like a great combination. Haven’t been to Khao Lak yet. Will keep it in mind for our next trip to Thailand.

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  20. Thailand is simply breathtaking! I couldn’t agree more with the recommendations, those things are a must do!

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  21. We are off to Khao Lak in September and have been looking for things to do. I didn’t know about the Simian Islands so that sounds like a great idea, I’ll also remember your advice on putting our shoes in our own bags.
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    • We really enjoyed our time here, the Similan Islands are a good option but can get busy, another option is the Surin islands. We didn’t get chance to visit them but we heard that they were quieter and beautiful so worth looking into that option too. Have a great time in September.

  22. This place seem to have a lot of the things I live. A little bit of envy in here since you stayed two weeks in there. I’ll be a regular at the night market (one of the reasons I like Thailand and Asia so much) and would love to day trip to other islands. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  23. oh yes, massage, ice-cream, beach and some live music for me too:) #theweeklypostcard
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  24. jo says:

    The cornish pasty really made me laugh! 🙂
    I’ve never been to Khao Lak but the massage and the beaches would be right up there at the top of my list. I love snorkelling – the blue of that water is incredible I could jump in right now! #WeeklyPostcard

  25. Anisa says:

    I really need to see more of the beaches in Thailand. Those islands look gorgeous. Good to know that I should bring some water shoes. Hope to make it there one day. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.
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  26. Love the sunset in Nang Thong Beach!

  27. Wow! That’s a lot of fun stuff to do, although we’re partial to the food, food, and more food! And the beaches, but that’s a given, right? Looks like you guys had a great time, and are cetainly pushing Thailand up our bucket list! Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard!
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