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Mai khao lak - advice needed for holiday with young children

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Mai khao lak - advice needed for holiday with young children

Hi,

We have just arrived this evening at the Mai Khao Lak after three fabulous nights in Bangkok with our 3 chikdren (8,5,4). It appears that all of the local beach restaurants have closed and the options in the hotel are not really ideal for us (very, very quiet and grown up!). Does anyone have any recommendations of areas we could travel to for lunch and/ or dinner that are a little more informal/ family friendly? Also, any recommendations for activities we could do whilst in the area.? We are inspired after our busy time in Bangkok and would love to add a few more experiences to our trip. Many thanks,

Sarah

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1. Re: Mai khao lak - advice needed for holiday with young children

The main townships of Bang Niang and Bang La On are about 20 - 25 minutes respectively back down the highway by shuttle or taxi. There are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops open there. There is also the large and busy 3 afternoons a week market (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 1pm to 7pm) in Bang Niang opposite the Tsunami Police Boat Memorial Site which is well worth a visit. If you walk down the beach road from the Mai to where it emerges on the highway there are two or three restaurants there, one very local immediately on your right and two on the opposite side of the road. In between those two restaurants is a road that leads you to Sairung or Rainbow Waterfall which should be full of water at this time of year. Better to catch a taxi though. Chong Fah waterfall near Bang Niang is a bigger and better waterfall with several levels but take care if you go and climb up as the track can get slippery when wet. Sairung Elephant Trek is about 20 minutes north from the Mai and Khao Sok National Park less than an hour. You could go south to Phang Nga Bay, just over an hour to the pier, where you could enjoy a longtail boat trip out to and back from James Bond Island with a sea canoe trip into the Hongs (caves) which I'm sure the children will enjoy and a stop off at Koh Panyee, the floating Muslim Village. About half an hour south from the Mai you can go on to the Thai Royal Navy Base at Tab Lamu and visit the Turtle Sanctuary there.

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2. Re: Mai khao lak - advice needed for holiday with young children

There is one beach restaurant still open (we are here now) it is just back from the beach at the southern end of the beach. As you walk out of the hotel to the beach turn left and follow the road and it is on the left not far at all. There are more options if u keep following this road to the main road where there is a super market and few restaurants, might not be suitable walking there at night though.

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3. Re: Mai khao lak - advice needed for holiday with young children

This forum is great! Thank you both for your prompt replies. Great information. Hopefully we will have a good explore today now. Thank you both very much. Sarah

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