Not sure, but judging from recent weather it may get a little worse.
We have just returned from 18 wonderful days in Khao Lak and thought we might share some of our experiences.
Travelled to K.L with 2 other couples, this holiday being the first experience of Thailand for our friends. Spent 2 obligatory nights experiencing the mayhem of Patong, thank goodness for the Amari Coral Beach and Khao Lak on the horizon.
Mr Sam did our transfer from the airport to the Amari and Boss transferred us from Amari to K.L. Organised to stop at Gem Gallery and the Marine Conservation unit on the way. Have never seen so many people in Gem Gallery and unfortunately some of us were a bit hung over to fully enjoy the trip.
Lucky enought to secure 3 beachfront bungalows at the Nang Thong Bay Resort.
Everyone was keen to hire motorbikes and hired 3 from the main street in Bang La On at reasonably low season rates.
Friends were keen to explore K.L and surrounds so spent most of the first week exploring on the bikes. Chong Fah, Sai rung/Rainbow (not sure if this is also Pak Weep) and Lampi water falls were all good. Only Lampi had the ranger station manned (100 baht each entry).
Girls did a cooking class with Goi at Everyday 2 and the boys did the inland ride to Takua Pa then back down the coast to the tsunami memorial and Kho Kho Khao ferry.
Organised Boss to take us on a day trip to Phang Nga bay - bus,longtail,sea canoe,fisherman village,James Bond island and National park fees came to about 1000 baht each. Organised lunch at a local satay resturant which was good. Only paid for what you ate - 5 baht per satay stick... Great day.
Time flew and before we new it, friends travelled home. Time to fully relax.
One of the wonderful experiences was to have the beach from Cape Pakarang to the Kantary all to ourselves. We spent many days sitting under palm/coconut trees in front of the closed Boatyard resturant with no one else in sight -drift down to White sand beach for lunch if we felt like it.
Dined at around a dozen restaurants with approx 20 open in Bang La On and over 20 in Bang Niang. Hilltribes is still our favourite for personel reasons with Raibiang and Everyday 2 a close second. Sorry cocotang - the main chef was away the night at Taikeng so our meal wasn't quite as good as we had hoped for. Unfortunately Fizz was closed - we wanted to try this one based on it's lofty heights in the reviews, perhaps next year.
Great breakfasts and shakes at Jai and thanks to Andy and Joo for my weeky dose of AFL and pizza's at Walker's.
The weather was fantastic for the time of year. Some days you could close your eyes on the beach and be in high season.. just no crowds. Most days were clear or part cloud in the mornings with some cloud in the afternoon. Short rain showers on a small number of days, with one heavy shower on one day and another late one night - we were very lucky.Days were devoted to relaxing by any choice of beaches, the markets and great thai food.
The sea was generaly O.K for swimming. Pak Weep beach was mostly flat with Nang Thong and Bang Niang beach having small waves generally with large waves on a few days.
Oh... we had to do our bit of community service?? The local masseurs were looking for volunteers to donate their feet so they could upgrade their qualifications. Free foot massages 3 days in a row (plus a great tip). Sooo hard to take.
Could go on forever, but one last thing for the aussies - bananas were less than $A1 a kilo so had banana shakes, splits, pancakes, fried and cocktails all the time.
We were definately lucky with the weather considering conditions at the moment (it is seasonal). All the best to those that are in Khao Lak at the moment and the locals who may have experienced the recent flooding.
See you next year, tanmar