We loved it! We stayed at Le Meridien (mostly excellent, food disappointing, see separate report on the hotel). Pakweeb beach was amazing – it was so great that Le Meridien was the only hotel around, which meant that this really beautiful beach was so peaceful. We walked and walked along the beach for hours every day and loved that it was so deserted. The sand was fine and in the main, the beach was pretty clean. I’ve seen other reports complaining about the sea – it is true that it looks ‘muddy’ as the sand is churned up in it. However, we swam safely every day and got used to the water not being clear.
We had lunch every day at the Rim Lay (we’re creatures of habit). The staff were so friendly, the food was so great and we were very happy working our way down the menu. I’d recommend the prawns with chilli!
We took the hotel shuttle into Khao Lak a few times. There’s a great selection of shops and stalls to have a look at. In terms of restaurants, we had a very good meal at Bussaba (more excellent prawns) and also enjoyed the Viking Steak House as a break from Thai food (the potato gratin was to die for!!!!). But the culinary highlight for us was pancakes (Roti) from the stalls on the roadside. We went for banana and coconut filling, with chocolate sauce – wow, so scrummy! Don't miss them if you're there!
I’m afraid we didn’t travel around the area or do any day trips on this visit – we really wanted to just chill out. But I guess that means we’ll certainly have plenty of trips to do on a future visit to Khao Lak. Big thanks to those on the forum who helped with info before the trip (Alan in particular), so now just got the photos and video to keep us going until we can plan a return trip! Lally