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Khao Lak excursions from JW Marriott

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Khao Lak excursions from JW Marriott

Hi there, we are staying at the JWM in Khao Lak over Christmas/New Year. Wondering if anyone has any great recommendations for excursions out of the hotel for James Bond Island/ limestone cliffs/ snorkeling/diving/ other???

Also, are there easy public buses that go into Phuket for the day or would it be best to rent a car? We've never been to Phuket so wanted to experience it just on a day trip. Would we need an int'l drivers licence?

Also, any recommendations for restaurants near the hotel would be great. Have also seen conflicting info on this site in regards to the shuttle into town - is it free? anything worth seeing there?

Thanks for the help!

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1. Re: Khao Lak excursions from JW Marriott

There will be a tour shop in the JWM but you will probably get better rates down the road 10 minutes by taxi in Bang Niang, where there is also a great choice of restaurants and bars or 5 minutes further on by taxi or shuttle in the largest township of Bang La On where there there is the largest number of restaurants, bars and shops.

Have a look at this thread for information about the shuttle and restaurants etc. tripadvisor.co.uk/…35035847 including reference to FAQ on the right for dining recommendations. The local beach restaurants to the right, particularly Ma Ma Greetings and Tew Son are excellent for both lunch and particularly a sunset dinner.

The FAQ on the right tells you about things to do in and around Khao Lak but most popular tours are north to Khao Sok and Cheow Lan Lake and south to Phang Nga Bay for James Bond Island (the least impressive IMO feature of this wonderful natural attraction).

For snorkeling you have the choice of two World Class sites in the Similan Islands and the Surin Islands as well as the beautiful Koh Tachai. There are recent threads giving lots of information and recommended tours on all three.

Limestone cliffs, as well as in Phang Nga Bay, you will find in Krabi which is about 2 1/2 hours south by car or taxi.

A day trip by bus would be a long day. Although public buses run regularly and cheaply it will take about 3 hours each way to the terminus in Phuket Town and then longer if you want to visit Patong or other popular destinations from there. It is the largest island in Thailand with very busy main areas of Phuket Town, Patong, Karon and Kata and driving in those places not recommended for a first timer driving on the left (sorry, if you have previous experience of this). You WOULD require an International Driving Permit to drive legally and to be covered by your insurance although you will be able to rent a car without one at your own risk but not worth it under any circumstances.

As an alternative and better one day option contact Boss at Cheaper than Hotel Taxis on cheaper_khaolak@ymail.com or local taxi drivers in resort to take you to Phuket (or other tours) for the day. No more expensive than a hire car.

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2. Re: Khao Lak excursions from JW Marriott

Many thanks Arandora - very helpful!

If anyone has been on any of the tours from Khao Lak, would love to hear your thoughts on what's great and what to stay away from.

Thanks again!

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3. Re: Khao Lak excursions from JW Marriott

* Koh Tachai Dec ember 2010 see here tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

* Similans with Fantastic Similans April 2010 see pics here https:/…

* Surin Islands with Kuraburi Greenview see here tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

* Khao Sok National Park incl Cheow Lan Lake March 2010 (self-drive) see here https:/…

* Cheow Lan Lake June 2011 slideshow here …tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-01f3-e22a-261c

* Phang Nga Bay and Monkey Temple, 3 trips December 2010 to February 2011 pics at https:/…

* Sairung Elephant Camp, 15km north of Khao Lak, January 2011 pics at https:/…

* Koh Kho Khao, island 25km north + ferry December 2010 pics at https:/…

* Sea Turtle Conservation Unit, Thai Mueang 30km south of Khao Lak (self-drive) pics at https:/…

* Royal Navy Sea Turtle Unit Tab Lamu, 25 minutes south of Khao Lak (self-drive or taxi) pics at https:/…

For details of suggested self-drive tours see Traveller Article at tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g297914-c167750/Kha…

and other Things to Do links at tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g297914-s1/Khao-Lak…

Edited: 14 October 2011, 14:21
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