The Perfect Family-Friendly Vacation In Khao Lak, Thailand

Khao Lak resort for a family vacation
Khao Lak beach
Looking for a family-friendly location in Thailand? Look no further than Khao Lak.  These three, tourist-oriented villages spread through the Takua Pa District along the coast. From there it heads into the Thai Mueang District of Phang Nga, Thailand. The name of the area literally translates to “Lak Mountain.” Read on to find out more about the attraction of Khao Lak for family vacations.

Khao Lak on the beach in Thailand

Khao Lak consists of a 12.5 mi (20 km) strip of coastal resorts, located on the Andaman Sea in the Phang Nga Province of southern Thailand. This family-friendly location is just 62 mi (100 km) north of Phuket Town. However, unlike Phuket, the resorts cater mostly to families and travelers looking for peace and nature.

Beach in Khao Lak, Thailand
Khao Lak beach
Khao Lak features a stretch of gorgeous beaches along its Andaman Sea coastline, all backed by jungle-covered mountains. The area has many resorts and visitor facilities ideal for the family.

What family attractions does Khao Lak offer?

Among the region’s attractions are, naturally, the beautiful beaches, but also many beautiful and uncrowded parks. The region offers largely unspoiled nature, giving access to great water sports, like off-shore diving. What is truly attractive is that the region supports western tourism, but not at the expense of local culture or the Thai way of life.

The region is not suitable for those looking for exotic and lively nightlife and is relatively quiet during the low season from April to November. However, it is perfect for family getaways, nature lovers and those who want to enjoy peace and quiet.

Resort for a family vacation
Family vacation in Thailand
Meanwhile, the center of the Khao Lak region lies 23 mi (37 km) north of the Sarasin Bridge and the gateway to Ko Phuket. The region is convenient to Phuket International Airport, at a distance of 47 mi (76 km), while it is 66 mi (106 km) north of Phuket City.

Tourist-oriented villages

The region consists of the following population areas: Bang La On, Bang Niang and Khuk Khak, with Bang La On the most tourist-oriented in the region. The village has a number of restaurants, bars, banks and shops, including a souvenir shop, massage parlor and a dive shop.

Bang Niang is also tourist orientated and has more of a beach vibe. The town features restaurants, bars, hotels, massage parlors, clothing and souvenir shops on the road to the ocean. Meanwhile, the village hosts the region’s major nightlife options, with a number of popular clubs, bars and discos on offer.

Village in Khao Lak, Thailand
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As for Khuk Khak, this is a more traditional Thai village. For this reason,it is not quite so oriented towards travel and tourism. However, it is worth the visit to get a feel of the local community and its customs.

How to get to Khao Lak

Probably the easiest way to travel here is to fly into Phuket International Airport. From there, you can rent a car to drive to the tourist resorts. Alternatively, take a taxi, or catch local public transport to your destination.

Beach Take the family to Thailand on your next vacation. Here you can enjoy all the attractions of the villages of Khao Lak and their beautiful beaches.

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Anne Sewell

Freelance writer and travel writer who has lived in Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa, now living happily on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

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