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Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?

Newton Aycliffe...
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Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?

Hi All

We are staying in there for three nights towards the end of January and are fortunate enough to be staying the the Sarojin. Anyone been?

Is there anything to do as Ive heard is is a very quiet place?

Poulton Le Fylde...
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1. Re: Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?

The Sarojin is a very nice hotel on a great, secluded beach. There are 3 local cheap but good beach restaurants within 100 metres, the restaurant at the Similana just further up then another beach restaurant around the headland just before you reach the Le Meridien.

Other than that it's a shuttle or taxi to Khao Lal Town about 20 minutes away where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

Phang Nga, Thailand
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2. Re: Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?

La On Village is the’centre’ of the Khao Lak. Only a kilometre or so in length, it’s also home to the greatest collection of restaurants in Phang Nga province. If you want elegant, the five-star hotels will impress. La On Village offers a much more casual environment at much better prices. Lots of Thai choices, and nearly as many European options, ensure a varied experience. Two of the best and oldest Thai restaurants in Khao Lak are right next door to each other on the main street – Jai Seafood and Khao Lak Seafood. Not far away, you’ll also find Tiffy’s Café, Ruen Mai, Dee Seafood, Sala Thai, Nom’s Family Restaurant, Everyday Kitchen and many others – including evening street vendors. For international favourites – burgers, pizza, potatoes, cheese – try Viking Steak House, O’Conner’s Irish Pub, Freestyle, Eule, or Mr Indian Food.

Coffee shops are also well represented in La On Village, with my favourite, Mrs Coffea, Stempfer Café, and Coffee Arthit serving steaming cups of this beverage along with tasty morsels to nibble on.

A short walk down a small hill and you’re on Nang Thong Beach. The restaurants in the resorts – notably Ton-Thong Restaurant (Suwan Palm Resort), Nang Thong Bay Restaurant (Nang Thong Bay Resort), and Green Beach Restaurant (Green Beach Resort) – are perfect for romantic sunset cocktails and dinner

Just up the road a few miles you get to Bang Niang. On the main street you have The Takieng, Dao Thong and Kiaw Niaw restaurants, plus many bars. Off the main street and towards the beach there’s The Candle, La Flora Resort and Spa. Nearby is Touch Beach Restaurant at Mukdara Beach Resort. Chong Fah Restaurant has the luxury of being close to not only the sea, but massage beachfront massage huts too. Amanusa, Tonson, Coconut Grove, and Ayara are in the dinner-and-a-view category.

In the small maze of meandering streets just off the beach, you’ll find Ladda Restaurant, Joe’s Steakhouse, Amsterdam Restaurant, Talay Thai Seafood Restaurant, and the German Bakery. Some serve Thai food, some focus on hearty international fare, and some a little of both; the name of the establishment is a surefire way to tell which is which (ambiguous names generally mean ambiguous menus).

The bar scene is Khao Lak is very mellow. With plenty of places to fulfil just about any excess-filled fantasy down the road in Phuket, Khao Lak focuses instead on good clean family fun. The undoubted champion of late night fun is the Happy Snapper, where a great live band entertains a crowd as diverse and colourful as the mural on the ceiling.

By no means the lone option, it’s joined by Freestyle Bar, Marlin Bar, Eule Beer Garden, O’Conner’s Irish Pub, Tarzan Bar, and Mex Biker Bar are all nearly within spitting distance. Ska Bar is in the centre of town, and consists of a small drink hut and open-air tables in the middle of a street-side shopping plaza; there’s no better place to people watch with a cold brew while your significant other rummages for the perfect souvenir for your relatives. D.Time is across the street, or head a bit more southerly for pool, sports, and divers (and the people who love them) at Scuba Groupie, located in the Khao Lak Grand City building.

In Bang Niang you can find your favourite sporting events at Gecko Sports Bar & Grill, live Thai music at 813 Degrees Bar, pool tables at P&Y Bar, and great drinks at Piranha Bar.

You can also enjoy a drink in a local style bar such as Song's Bar, located 150 meters on the left after you entered the street near the 7/11 facing the Thai Army boat brought inland during the tsunami. The bar is popular among divers and expats.

Like dining and drinking, shopping options number in the dozens rather than the hundreds. The souvenir shops in La On Village come to life as the afternoon grows late and cools off.

Some are bursting at the seams with inventory – offering just about every trinket imaginable – while others specialize in, say, tee shirts or beach gear.

Art stores, though not as prevalent as CD and DVD stalls, feature some of the more impressive gifts available – like silk wall hangings, wooden knickknacks, and paintings.

For a complete makeover, from the bridge of your nose to the tips of your toes, stop by Top Charoen Optical or KT Optic for a new pair of designer eyeglasses, Monty the Tailor for custom suits, shirts, and dresses, and then enjoy a massage – foot, oil, or traditional Thai – at any of the places in town.

Small convenience stores, including (if not especially) 7-11, are ubiquitous; finding a cheap bottle of water or a tube of sun cream won’t be a problem.

La On Village also has a couple internet cafes – useful for bragging in real time – and camera stores where you can have pictures developed, pick up extra film, or transfer photos from memory card to disc. ATMs and exchange booths are also readily available.

Cape Panwa, Thailand
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3. Re: Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?


Yes the Sarojin is in a fairly quiet location but on a fantastic beach. January is a fantastic time to come to Khao Lak. There is actually loads to do if you want and places to go and see.Have a look at www.khaolaklovers.com for extra info.. I have not stayed at the Sarojin but a bit further along at the Le Meridien but from what i have heard you will not want to leave the place. You will be able to book trips at the Sarojin and also in Khao Lak town if there is any that you want to do.


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4. Re: Is there anything to do if Kho Lak?

OOps another old post silly me.


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