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Khao Lak - What is the area like?

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Khao Lak - What is the area like?

Hi all

We are heading back to Phuket at Christmas time and considering staying in Khao Lak (Best Western Palm Galleria) - left it a little late to book I know, but apparently some availability.

We don't like Patong Beach due to hustle and bustle and usually stay in Kata, Karon or Rawai area. However, we are taking my husband's 16 year old daughter and want to make sure that she has plenty to do - she is excited about shopping in particular.

Having not been to Khao Lak area, can anyone comment on shopping - can it be compared to Kata or Karon?

We just want to chill out, but need to make sure that there are plenty of excursions, and stimulating activities for her to partake in.

Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: Khao Lak - What is the area like?

Khao Lak, to me, is what Phuket probably was 15-20 years ago. So . . . only a bit of shopping - certainly nothing compared to Kata and Karon, but still enough shops to get some t-shirts and stuff to take home as gifts.

The Galleria is a bit out of the way, but the Cape Pakarang area is beautiful and the beach is great. Walk north on the beach and around the cape for some great beachcombing in the mornings. Lots of interesting stuff washes up on the beach over night.

In the immediate area of the Gallaria there is pretty much NO shopping at all, your daughter will need to go into Khao Lak Town (Baan La On area).

Khao Lak area is not maybe the most exciting for teenagers, the crowd tends to be a bit older and quite kick back.

Lots of info on Khao Lak at: www.KhaoLakLovers.com

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2. Re: Khao Lak - What is the area like?

Would agree entirely with Ted. Nang Thong Beach (the beach to Baan La On) is the busiest area of Khao Lak but that is still quiet compared to Phuket. Much like the Karon we visited in 1995 and Samui in 1996.

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