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low season?

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low season?

We are intending to visit Khao Lak at the beginning of August but have not yet decided which hotel. We have read that the local bars and restaurants in some areas close down at this time of year and we would wish to avoid these areas as we would prefer to eat in places other than the hotel.

Any advice on hotels we should consider/avoid would be appreciated.

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: low season?

The two main townships of Bang La On and Bang Niang where most resorts that have restaurants nearby within walking distance are only 5 - 10 minutes away by taxi or hotel shuttle. However, most restaurants are in B Bang La On and more tend to stay open there in the Low Season than in Bang Niang.

Accommodation prices though are considerably less in August (which by the way had less rain than December just gone!) as much as half of those in High Season so it depends what standard and kind of resort you want and facilities. The Nang Thong Bay Resorts (there are two, one more recent than the other about 300 metres apart) is in a great position on Nang Thong Beach just down the road from Bang La On centre and offers great value bungalow accommodation with pool and recommended restaurant. The Sea View Resort is a hotel style resort with some accommodation beach front, the rest just across the access road. It is between NTBR 1 and 2. The Laguna is just a little further on with very good beach front bungalows as well as a main hotel wing. The Bhandari and sister hotel next door The Oriental may also be worth considering in this area.

At Bang Niang the Ramada and next door La Flora are both 4* resorts with great facilities and variety of accommodation types. Just down the beach the small Chong Fah Resort is highly recommended by most who have stayed there with an unparallelled setting overlooking the beach making Happy Hour for cocktails at sunset unmissable (even if you don't stay there!)

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: low season?

We stayed at Khao Lak Merlin resort in Sept last year (booked Sept this year again) and although it is a 10-15 min taxi (150bhat) or hotel shuttle ride into the main township for more options, there is still plenty of dining , little bars, money exchange, 7/11 type shop, laundry etc just outside of the resort, enough to keep you occupied for a few evenings if you are not going into town, also just outside of Merlin on the beach to the left is a great beach bar/restaurant and it was open and very busy in Sept so i would think it would be in August too, great food and very cheap, lovely at sunset, some great massage huts on the beach there too

there are a few other hotels in this are too, Emerald Resort, Briza Beach resort and Luckanawadee resort, located south Khao Lak and the first lot of resorts etc you come to as you come into KL

Arandora has given you all the info on the other main areas and resorts if you are wanting to stay in or near the main townships

Khao Lak is just beautiful i'm sure you will love it too :-)

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3. Re: low season?

You won't regret your decision to visit K.L. in low season. We have been to K.L. July/August 2009 and 10 and will be staying again August 2011 for 3 weeks. There are plenty of dining options in both Bang La On and Bang Niang. The main difference is that the beach restaurants are closed and options are limited if you want to walk the beach and find a deck chair and have lunch and a beer. We have found that the resorts on the beach are more than happy to accept your custom for lunch. This is one of the reasons we choose a beach front bungalow in low season.

The up side is you can have all that beach pretty much to yourself and we come back with a sun tan every year. Find something in your price range and you won't be disappointed.

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