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Karon then Khao Lak ????

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Karon then Khao Lak ????

Hi, newbie to Khao Lak forum. We've made a really quick decision tonight (leave in just 17 days) to fly back to Phuket after enjoying 2 weeks there in January with our kids. This time its no kids and thought we would try somewhere different. We figure we'll go back to karon for the first 4 nights (do shopping etc) then thought we'd "chill out" for the remaining 3 nights before heading home. How long would it take us to get from Karon to Khao Lak, 2 hours?? and what would be the best way to get there? Even though we want chill out time I don't want to just sit by the pool all day we want to get out and about so any suggestions? If we didn't want to eat at our hotel (haven't booked anywhere yet) are there plenty of other cheap/interesting places to eat??

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1. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????

why not try Krabi after Phuket? Believe you can get a boat, or about 4 hrs by car......if you stay in Ao Nang beach area you'll find plenty of places outside of the hotels to eat and drink....and krabi is really picturesque, you can get long tail boat trips across to different islands

have fun anyway!

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2. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????


I just got back from Phuket and we visited Khao Lak for a few days. Great beach! We stayed at the Ramada and it was really nice - excellent service and really nice, Asian/modernist rooms..

It'll take you 1 1/2 - 2 hours to drive from Karon but the road is really good all the way. If you rent a car just drive north following the signs to the Sarasin Bridge that connects Phuket to mainland Thailand. Keep going north following the signs for the Khao Lak National Park. You'll drive 45 minutes to an hour. To hire a driver won't be too expensive if you don't plan on renting.

Once you get there you will have many eating places to choose from. Lots of them line the main road and even more are on side streets. If you drive just south of town to the National Park visitor center, park your car, and then walk down the hill following the signs, there is a very cheap restaurant that has a fantastic jungle/ocean view. Our family of three had a great meal for just under $5 US. Other than that we ate at the hotel restaurants.

As in Phuket, there are little tour agencies all over that can set you up with jungle treks, zip line tours, ATV off roading, and lots of other activities. The jungles are really beautiful and lush up this way and you can see exotic things like tigers if you're lucky!

Hope this helps and have a good trip!

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3. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????

I wasn't planning on getting a car, is it better to have a car when in Khao Lak?

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4. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????

A car gives you greater flexibility and accessibilty, especially, if you want to get out and about. Khao Lak is a big area, a beautiful national treasure and National Park. You can, of course, book tours while you are there from the several local operators, including up to Khao Sok National Park or down to Phang Nga Bay (Krabi is about an hour further on). Unfortunately when you are there snorkelling or dive trips to the fabulous Similans probably won't have started up again because of sea conditions.

It depends too on where you plan to stay in Khao Lak. If you stay in Bang La On on Nang Thong Beach, commonly refeered to as Khao Lak Town or Centre, you will be within walking distance of most restaurants (which are plentiful, excellent and cheap), bars and shops (limited in comparison to say Patong). If you stay North on Bang Niang or even further at Pakarang or on Pak Weeb beach, you will need a taxi to get o and from KL Town, since there are fewer restaurants there).

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5. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????

Hi wells67

It's not essential to have a car in Khao Lak, but it's pretty handy if you want to get out and about as you say. Khao Lak itself is a bit more spread out than the concentrated madness of Patong, and also, there are short trips you can do with a car such as a visit to Khao Sok park. Also some of the hotels are a km or two from anything much else - so you can be a bit the captive of your own hotel.

With regard to driving, easily the most congested and nerve-wracking part of your drive would be the first bit on Phuket itself. It's much more crowded on the island than once you cross on to the mainland and head to Khao Lak.

There are plenty of places to eat but I will put in a plug for the Tsunami restaurant (on the main road near the new Tsunami museum, and near the stranded Police patrol boat). The food is good and the owner, Aoy, is still struggling to recover from the Tsunami, and really needs your business.

To get back to your question, if you are comfortable with driving there, I reckon it is worth having a car in KL (and it's easier to drive there than on Phuket).


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6. Re: Karon then Khao Lak ????

Thanks for that. Having been to Phuket and experienced the drivers first hand I wouldn't be at all happy about driving from Phuket!

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