The drive up was good, took us 2 1/2 hours. Stopped off at the Coffee de Garden & Bakery house on the way.
I've done a review on the Amanusa Resort where we stayed. Maybe not up yet..check in a couple of days.
We were in Khao Lak for 10 nights & the Amanusa was in a perfect location right on the beach with beautiful sunsets & cold beers.
We did lots of day trips to different areas & every second day we relaxed on the beach outside the Amanusa on their deck chairs.
Some of the places we visited( these are not in any order) were Phanom, An Khoei Beach, Kamphuam, Phrapat beach, Phangna towen, Phung Chang cave, Koh Nok, Pukarang Cape, Thaplamu Pier, Mu ko surin National Park, Green view pier, Tumburri Market, Takuapa bus station & market.
I've probably missed some names,we enjoyed all the places we visited & took some great video & photo's
Visited the Snapper bar 3 times, got a songthaew up & there is a young guy always out the front selling cheese burgers who doubles as your driver if you want.
Nice guy, had a Kia carnival so lots of room.
There are many bars around so you never had to walk far.
We went to the Bang Niang markets a couple of times starts late afternoon. My husband bought some nice Billabong cotton dress shirts 3 for 1050 baht.
One night we went to Pinnocchio's Pizza & Pasta at Bang Niang. The restaurant was always crowded so we thought we would try our luck.
The pizza's looked big & cheesey & popular but we ordered the (apparent) home made lasagne & gnocchi.
The pasta was not good so we asked for the bill. The owner told us not to pay but we did pay our bill then left. We then headed back to the Amanusa for a late dinner which was excellent as always.
The water was calm everywhere we went & i didn't get stung by any sea lice.
We didn't do any boat trips as we were saving these for our visit to Koh Chang.
Compared to what we are used to in Thailand & our travel style, we felt that 10 nights in Khao Lak was too long for us.
However, having said that as a base to work from to explore other areas around Khao Lak it was fine.
Hope this helps. CJ