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Khao Lak or Koh Samet?

Hong Kong, China
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Khao Lak or Koh Samet?

Hi guys,

I am planning my trip to Thailand in coming Jan, but I am struggling whether to spend 5-6 days in Bangkok + Koh Samet or Khao Lak with tours to those gorgeous islands.

There are not so many information on the web about Khao Lak Town, what is the place like? Is it less commercialize compare to Krabi? What are the other activities we can do other than snorkeling in the islands?


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1. Re: Khao Lak or Koh Samet?

There is PLENTY of information on Khao Lak, including Things to Do, in the Top Questions and FAQs on the right. Khao Lak is not a town, it is a linear area of largely National Park comprising over 25km of beaches along the Andaman coast with different beaches each having their own particular characteristics, attraction, resorts, restaurants etc. on one side of the highway and hills and mountains on the other. The two main townships are Bang La On (with beach accommodation down the road at Nang Thong Beach) and Bang Niang, 10 minutes up he highway with a beach of the same name.

Krabi is a large province with different destinations, so you are not comparing like with like with Khao Lak nor are you with Koh Samet which is a small island. Khao Lak is less commercialised than Ao Nang, probably the nearest comparison in Krabi but has IMO much nicer beaches.

It depends what you want. A small island holidays with more difficult access and limitation in trips or a larger but still more compact area in relation to such as Phuket with greater possibilities for tours - the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Tachai to the west (in the ocean, of course), north to Khao Sok National Park, south to Phang Nga Bay all within an hour or so - and only just over an hour from Phuket airport.

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