You cannot go wrong anywhere in Thailand on the food front and I understand that the options in Khaolak are very good. It is a smaller town, a little of the beaten track and we have chosen to get out of the tourist bustle of Phuket and see a bit more of the 'real' Thailand. We have booked the BKL in April and will post a review about the food options. Good luck with the holiday plans.
Phuket,being a bigger and more established destination obviously has more dining options. Khao Lak, the area worst affected by the Tsunami, is recovering brilliantly, is more compact and there certainly are very good, local and very affordable dining options. Even more than when we wereb there last April and we can't wait to return in less than two weeks time!
Both of these resorts are quite special places. Both relatively new - or in the case of the BKL - relatively newly rebuilt.
Layalina is a pretty special place, pretty much new this year - and the owner (Walter) cares about delivering quality service. The Laylina is in Kamala Beach - which is away from the way overdone Patong/Karon area. It is a small resort - maybe only 12 rooms or so - and fronts right on Kamala Beach. Some photos and info are here:
Kamala has lots of restaurants and in particular the area immediately to the north is full of beach shack restaurants. A bit on that scene is here:
The beach area in Kamala is quite nice and the best part of it is the far north end - about 500 meters probably from the Layalina. BUT - it is not as nice as any of Khao Lak's beaches.
The Baan Khao Lak - freshly reopened is lovely and has a great restaurant all its own (get the Penang Duck). Up and down the beach you will find, in this area, primarily resort/hotel restaurants, but the farther north you go - the more beach shack restaurants you will find. The BKL is only maybe ten minutes walk into the main part of town and there you will find Jai (my favorite), Sala Thai - and many other local favorites. More about Khao Lak restaurants is here:
Just up the beach a bit is Nang Thong Bay Resort - see this page for a review of their great potato dish . . .
Really, two quite different resorts - larger vs small, different beaches - nice vs. exceptional, restaurant choices Super vs exceptional (I've never had bad Thai food in Khao Lak) - but Kamala will offer much more choice in much closer proximity. AND - the Layaline is definitely different.
Frankly, you can't make a bad choice here - even if you tried.
Thank you all for your help. Khao Lak it is!
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