Because of its location, Khao Lak is a wonderful 'springing board' for day tours, Safari adventures, island visits and snorkeling as well as for exploring the sensational national parks in the area.
Here are some of the best and they are as diverse as a camping expedition, elephant trekking to diving in the world-famous Similan Islands. Enjoy!
Day Trips from Phuket
Khao Lak Nature Tour
Get off the beaten track and see the natural wonders and traditional life of Phang Nga Province. Visit a turtle-breeding farm and see how many tropical fish you can recognize there.
Glide down unspoiled rivers on a bamboo raft, where there's a surprise around every bend - a colourful tropical bird, a water monitor, some exotic hanging fruit or water buffaloes taking a dip.
Then take a thrilling ride along mountain paths on the back of an elephant; a safe and exciting trip that the whole family will enjoy. Green, cool and educational.
Khao Sok Jungle Safari
Available from Phuket, Khao Lak or Krabi to Khao Sok National Park almost every day. Why not take time out to explore the forest and get close to Nature? Activities include elephant trekking in the jungle and canoeing down the Sok River. Perfect for the whole family; fun and educational at the same time. Canoe silently down the Sok River in a stable canoe paddled by an experienced guide.
Keep your eyes open for birds and other small animals. Hold on as the amazing elephants take you on a trek straight into the heart of the jungle. You will be amazed when you see how graciously these huge animals make their way up the tiny steep trails. No other place in southern Thailand can rival the natural scenery in the Khao Sok jungle!!
ATV in Phang Nga
Discover the nature wonders of Phang Nga Province on an ATV seeing rainforest, rubber tree plantations and waterfalls. After an explanation from your guide and a short training session (ATV's are pretty easy to handle), ride through amazing landscapes.
One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Wat Tam (Cave temple) where you will see monkeys which live there.
Day Trips from Khao Lak
Similan Islands by Speedboat
Nine densely wooded islands – fringed with rocky outcrops and gorgeous beaches of fine talcum powder-like sand – form Similan Islands National Park. It's a great place for both diving and snorkeling in a pristine aquatic environment.
Touring by speedboat allows you to reach the Similans (in the Andaman Sea north of Phuket) in 90 minutes, providing lots of time to explore the underwater scenery in one of the world's premier dive sites. November - April only. This tour is also available overnight. Read a review of Similan Stopover Tour.
Surin Islands by Speedboat
After pick up from your hotel in Khao Lak, you will be driven to Kura Buri Pier. Then, after an hour by speedboat, you will arrive at the Surin Islands.
Enjoy two snorkeling spots before heading to Surin National Park Headquarters for lunch.
After lunch, visit the island or relax a bit. Two more snorkeling spots await for you in the afternoon before to going back to the mainland. November - May only. This tour is also available overnight. Read a review of Surin Islands by Speedboat.
Overnight Tours in Khao Lak & Khao Sok
Elephant Hills Safari in Khao Sok
Khao Sok Overnight Eco Tours, Elephant Hills Luxury Safari Tents - combining a camping adventure in African national park style with the Thai tropical forest environment. The tents are tailor-made and set in the largest area of rainforest in Southern Thailand. The forest is filled with animals and plants, some of them can only be found in this environment!
From a scenic canoe trip on the Sok River, to a ride on an elephant through the forest, to various trekking routes that can match all skill levels - the camp is the perfect base to discover the unique treasure of Nature.
Guests can also learn about the tropical environment and its inhabitants, elephants and their conservation as well as the secrets of Thai cooking. This tour has been rated #9 in our Top10 Best Tours in and around Phuket.
Earth Lodge Safari in Khao Sok
Earth Lodge provides the accommodation for these two tours taking you to the Khao Sok National Park. Experience the oldest rainforest in the world by canoeing down the Sok River. Marvel at the beauty of it all while lumbering through the jungle on the back of an elephant.
Trek into the dense foliage and enjoy a special lunch surrounded by Nature and wildlife. Discover the amazing Chiao Lan Reservoir (in the three-day program). Then fall asleep in the beautiful jungle-style resort to wake up with astounding sights right outside your window. Read a review of Earth Lodge Safari in Khao Sok.
Scuba Diving in the Similan Islands
Diving cruises to the Similans have been operating for many years with onboard accommodation and facilities getting better each year. Liveaboards are no longer basic and most boats have air-conditioned cabins, photographic facilities and TV/video, making for a very comfortable voyage.
Diving is the main attraction of these islands. Huge granite boulders, caverns and swim-throughs produce a fascinating underwater landscape which attracts a huge variety of marine life, from tiny creatures to the great Manta Rays. Water clarity is excellent and the scenery varies with each island.
Ranked as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, every trip to the Similans provides a new diving experience.