Things to do in
Khao Lak

Our most recommended things to do in Khao Lak

Thailand: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

1. Thailand: eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Make your trip to Thailand hassle-free with an iPhone and Android supported eSIM. Stay connected with high-speed coverage anywhere in Thailand, or upgrade for coverage in eight additional countries, including Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Hong Kong.  Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Choose between 3 to 30 days of coverage, ranging from 1GB to 30GB options to use over your chosen duration. Alternatively, enjoy the option to receive 500MB renewed daily for 7, 14, or 30 days. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with a zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and easily purchase and activate additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone models launched after iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Androids, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photos for eligibility.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

2. From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

Be the first to arrive at Similan Islands with our original Similan Early Bird! The boat leaves the pier at 7:00 AM, and pick-ups in Phuket start as early as 4:00 AM. It's an early start but it will be worth it if you want to beat the crowd. Set sail for an exhilarating speedboat tour to snorkel through the pristine waters of Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Relish a delightful picnic lunch by the sea at Honeymoon Bay. Opt for tour packages that offer convenient pickup and drop-off locations in Phuket or Khaolak. Your early bird journey to the Similan Islands will take off in Khaolak. Setting out early ensures that you get to Donald Duck Bay in time to hike the short trail to Sail Rock and snap those jaw-dropping photos from the viewpoint. On this tour, you'll also get two extended snorkeling breaks to explore the vibrant underwater world, with a chance to even spot a sea turtle. Your next destination will be Island no 4, where you'll enjoy your picnic lunch beside the scenic Honeymoon Bay. Follow that up with a leisurely walk through a nature trail leading to the breath-taking beach at Princess Bay. There, you'll have ample time to unwind and take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. To cap off your day, enjoy one more snorkeling adventure at Similan Islands.

From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

3. From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

Embark on a Phi Phi Islands speedboat tour and leave the crowds behind. Visit the most famous spots of the beautiful Phi Phi islands, its pristine beaches, and landscapes, and jump into the clear waters for a swim and a snorkel. Start your tour very early in order to arrive at the islands before the regular tours. Stop at the island Phi Phi Leh, with its beautiful Maya Bay, which was made famous by the Hollywood movie The Beach, and the Phi Phi Leh Lagoon. Take time for a refreshing swimming break in the lagoon. After, continue to Phi Phi Don to climb up to the striking viewpoint. Enjoy the amazing views from the top of the island and get a glimpse of the town. Tuck into a delicious light breakfast followed by lunch later in the day and enjoy drinks aboard the speedboat. Have the opportunity to sightsee around the island to see the Viking Cave and see the monkeys from the boat. Make the most of a long snorkeling stop, and, as a final stop, head to Bamboo Island for a picnic lunch and extensive beach and swimming time. 

Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

4. Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

Depart Khao Lak and enjoy a day tour of river rafting, elephant interaction, and rainforest exploration. Visit an ethical elephant conservation center, sail along a quiet river through the rainforest, and hear about sea turtle conservation. After pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, relax on the comfortable ride to the elephant camp. Spend some time with bathing and feeding these gentle giants in a relaxed and respectful environment. Continue the tour with a visit to Sai Rung Waterfall. Enjoy some refreshments as you watch the water plunge 20 meters from a ledge into a lagoon encircled by jungle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the area around the falls also hosts an abundance of local wildlife. Hop on a bamboo raft with a local boatman and float along the river for a calm and tranquil ride through the rainforest. Head to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center to learn about projects aimed helping these endangered creatures. Finally, return to your hotel in Khao Lak.

Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

5. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

From Phuket: Similan Islands Snorkeling Trip by Speedboat

6. From Phuket: Similan Islands Snorkeling Trip by Speedboat

Dive into an aquatic adventure with our Similan Islands Snorkeling Trip from Phuket. Your day starts with a smooth pickup from your hotel and a comfortable van ride to our exclusive Khao Lak pier. After a tasty light breakfast and an essential safety briefing, you’ll set sail on a speedy voyage to the heart of the Andaman Sea. The Similan Islands emerge as a snorkeler's dream, with your first dip into the clear waters around Islands No.5 and No.6 revealing a world of vibrant coral and playful fish. Next, Island No.4 offers a slice of paradise with its inviting Princess Bay – perfect for sunbathing and savoring a delicious lunch box set. Your aquatic journey peaks at Christmas Point or Namchai Bay near Island No.9, where the coral reefs form an underwater tapestry of breathtaking biodiversity. Above water, Island No.8's Sailing Rock stands as a sentinel to the sea, offering panoramic views for those who ascend its heights. As the day winds down, you’ll cruise back to the pier, your senses delighted by tasty treats and refreshing drinks. The journey concludes as we transport you back to your hotel, leaving you enriched by the day's marine marvels. Ideal for all, this experience promises both relaxation and discovery in one of the world's most exquisite snorkeling locales.

Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Tour, Cooking Class & Lunch

7. Phuket: Elephant Sanctuary Tour, Cooking Class & Lunch

Discover the half day magic activities of elephants on a guided visit to The Elephant Sanctuary, with pickup and drop-off included. Experience the elephant's daily routine by feeding and bathing them. Take unforgettable photos with your giant new friends while learning about their life. Start your day with pickup from your accommodation by air-conditioned van. Go on a scenic drive through beautiful scenery to The Elephant Sanctuary. Meet your Eco English-speaking guide and learn a little about the elephants. Gather up some bananas and cane sugar and walk with your guide through the park and discover the free-roaming elephants in a safe, sustainable, and ethical environment. Your guide will tell you a bit about each elephant's individual stories. guests will observe the elephants enjoying their natural mud spa and bathing rituals from a respectful distance. This approach prioritizes the well-being and autonomy of the elephants, allowing them to indulge in their natural behaviors unhindered and stress-free. Elephants, much like humans, value their private time, especially during activities like bathing. Watching them in their natural habitat offers a unique insight into their behaviors and ensures both their comfort and the safety of the guests. After observing these majestic creatures, guests can enjoy a traditional Thai lunch in a serene setting, reflecting on the beauty of the elephants in their natural state. Once the elephants are clean, you can take some final photos with them, and then it will be time to part ways with your new friend and change into some dry clothes. Then, make a dish during a cooking class which will be your delicious lunch, before heading back to your hotel.

Phuket: Airport Private Transfer to/from Khao Lak

8. Phuket: Airport Private Transfer to/from Khao Lak

Take the worry out of your transportation needs between Phuket Airport and your accommodation in Khao Lak and pre-book a private transfer for arrival or departure flights. Get a meet and greet from an airport representative in the arrivals lounge meeting point for transfers from Phuket Airport. All incoming flights are monitored so that your driver will be waiting at the correct time. Benefit from up to 1.5 hours of free waiting time in the event of any unexpected delays at baggage reclaim or immigration. For departure transfers, your professional driver will meet you at your hotel and help with your luggage. Then, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort inside a vehicle exclusive to you. All drivers are fully licensed and vetted by Transport for Thailand. The vehicles are fitted with GPS and tracked to ensure a smooth passenger transfer. They are regularly serviced and maintained to a high standard for a safe and comfortable journey.

Phang Nga Bay: Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour

9. Phang Nga Bay: Early Bird James Bond & Beyond Tour

Admire the Karst rock formations, mangroves and caves in Phang Nga Bay on this day trip with pickup and drop-off in Phuket or Khao Lak. Beat the heat and crowds with an early bird trip to the stunning James Bond Island.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Phuket or Khao Lak. Relax aboard an air-conditioned van and transfer to a comfortable speedboat. Make your first stop at James Bond Island, then go canoeing at a private canoe area.  Explore the depths of the area's caves and glide through the mangrove-lined waterways. Visit the famous floating village of Panyee and enjoy a beach break where you can cool-off with a dip into the tranquil blue waters at Kudu or Nok Island. Savor a local flavors with lunch on Koh Yao island in a setting between rubber plantations, coconut trees, and pineapples bushes. Return to you accommodation in Phuket or Khao Lak at the end of your tour. 

From Khao Lak/Khao Sok: Cheow Lan Lake and Emerald Pool Tour

10. From Khao Lak/Khao Sok: Cheow Lan Lake and Emerald Pool Tour

06:50 Pick up from Khao Lak 07:50 Pick up from Khao Sok Enjoy the convenience of being picked up early in the morning from an address in Khao Lak / Khao Sok Village. Kick back and relax in an air-conditioned van on the drive to the Khao Sok National Park. Arrive at Takhun District. Arrive at "Nam Rad Watershed Creek", just swim in the crystal clear creek and enjoy the natural forest surroundings. Arrive at the pier of "Cheow Lan Lake" and take a boat trip to see its highlights. Make a stop the lake's iconic spot "Three-brother Pillar" the hidden lagoon to capture some pictures, or even take a swim right off the boat. Explore the cave, sightseeing the stalagmites and stalactites, bats, inside the cave. Arrive at the raft house, enjoy a delicious Thai lunch, with 270-degree view of the lake. Spend the time just simply relaxing, kayaking or swimming to beat the heat. Have sightseeing along the lake before returning to the pier. 15:30 Arrive at the pier, get on coach, head to south direction. Make a quick stop to capture the panoramic view of the lush rainforest at the Khao Sok View Point. 17:00 Back to your hotel in Khao Sok 18:00 Back to your hotel in Khao Lak

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What people are saying about Khao Lak

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(4,398 reviews)

The overall trip was fantastic. It seems that elephant sanctuary keepers look after the animals well and there are no signs of abuse (although the elephants are well trained but have mostly all been raised in captivity). The sea turtles were super cute and amazing to hear that they release about 6,000 of them into the wild each year. The only part I’d skip is the bamboo rafting. Because of the drought, there was barely any water and it was really slow going. Our tour guide was fantastic and gave us lots of great insights at every stop.

It was a really long day, but definitely worth it. We went to 3 different snorkeling spots, and it was incredible. Probably the best place to go snorkel in Phuket/ Kao Lak The team was really helpful and always making sure everyone is ok. Definitely recommend

10/10 experience! Tony is an amazing guide and showed us so much of the sanctuary and the local area. The food is fabulous and the cooking class is a lot of fun. Truly a unique day to be so up close with the elephants in an ethical way.

It was a really cool trip into the nature. We would really recommend it. Michael was a really nice guide and told us a lot about Thailand, the nature and the surrounding.

I enjoyed seeing the elephants up close and being able to interact with them. Also appreciated the care they were getting and the freedom they were allowed.