Hi forum regulars and destination experts,
Hubby and I are booked to go to Khao Lak in February of next year. It will be our first time there. We're *really* looking forward to it. We'll be staying in the Sensimar resort.
We really fancy hiring a car for a few days, just to explore the further away beaches at our leisure, and maybe take in the local market, nothing too extreme, and I am sure most places I would want to visit are within a 25km radius of our hotel. It just strikes us both as more convenient than a taxi, as in past trips to Thailand we have always felt a bit pressured to say when we'll be back if we have a taxi driver waiting on us. I never know how long I want to spend on a particular beach....it could be half an hour, it could be 6 hours. Having the freedom of a rental car would be ideal.
However..... we have no idea if driving in Khao Lak is easy, impossible, or somewhere in between.
My husband is a very confident and competent driver (I am useless away from home, so he'd be the designated driver). He has driven on many holidays. In Phucket too, but that was about 20 yrs ago. We travel to Dubai quite a bit, and while I wouldn't dream of driving there, hubby does fantastically well driving there.
So what do you all think, should we hire a car in Khao Lak? Are road signs dual-language? Are there any potential hazards we should be aware of?
Many thanks in advance for any advice you can give us.