Pak Weeb (or Pakwip) Beach has generally been regarded as the jewel in the crown of Khao Lak's glorious coastline, both pre and post Tsunami. Post Tsunami when Khao Lak's regeneration started, Pak Weeb had Le Meridien at the northern end with the Tsunami Survivors "shack" next to it, then around or over the cove the venerable but atmospheric Siimilana with a myriad of shells in front of it each day, then 200 metres or so "Khao Lak's best kept secret" Aow Thong (White Sandy) Beach with its three beach restaurants and a smattering of deck chairs for those who knew or had heard about it, then the prestigious Sarojin Resort, then other than the Boatyard, a volunteer project to help rebuild Khao Lak's longtail boat fishing fleet, nothing right up to the end of Cape Pakarang.
Change and progress is inevitable and it started with the excellent Tsunami Survivors becoming the excellent Rim Lay another restaurant added at the other side of Le Meridien, the Boatyard having fulfilled its laudable role being converted into the Boatyard Restaurant, one of the best in Khao Lak, then this time last year the announcement that the Similana had been sold and was to be redeveloped as, it was and still is, rumoured a high class Four Seasons Resort.
Since then, the Similana has been demolished, its frontage being used on a temporary basis by the Sarojin because its own beach frontage has been severely curtailed by the building of a new beach villa resort immediately adjacent to it. 4 weeks ago the shells of 9 villas had been built but the sheer size of what locals are saying will be the biggest beach villa resort in Khao Lak is only now becoming apparent.
When we walked from the Boatyard to the Similana earlier today, a bulldozer was clearing the furthest end of the beach frontage of the site. We paced out how many more villas this would accommodate if the present nine were extended as seems likely and it could be as many as 30 in total with more, presumably cheaper, accommodation behind them restaurant, pool and other facilities on the very large site.
Next to this site excavators are busy preparing lagoons for what is going to become a new, large shrimp farm.
Aow Thong Beach s probably now one of if not the most popular day tripper destinations for visitors to Khao Lak and further afield.
That's progress for you!
Have a look at latest pics at http://tinyurl.com/aah4vs and in particular to get an idea of the scale of the new bungalow resort.
As long as they leave the area from the Boatyard to the Cape alone, we'll be satisfied but .......