We hired a rental car last week when we arrived in Khao Lak and as such it has been great to tour around the local area and beyond.
On Thursday late afternoon around 5 pm we detoured off the highway to white Sand Beach. It was sight of desolation with only two dogs greeting us and one lone human sitting in a deck chair drinking Chang beer.
We then headed towards the Sarojin to have a look around as we have intentions of staying there later this year. The security guards outside the property would not let us in no matter what persuasive ploy I tried. "Only guests" he kept on repeating.
We then headed for the Boatyard restaurant as we intended to have our evening meal there. It too was deathly quiet with six people inn total - all drinking but not eating. A young guy asked us if we would like to look at the menu but we declined.
We then headed back to Highway 4 and travelled down to Bang La On. Most of the restaurants had no patrons or only half a dozen or less. We settled for the Orchid restaurant as it had about 18 people in it. We had a cheap and enjoyable meal and then walked around the town for 30 minutes or so. There wasn't a whole lot going on at 8.15 pm so we headed back to the JWM.
The weather has been brilliant. It rains, it storms, it thunders during he night and the days are warm without rain or high winds.
The "green season" has a lot going for it for the tourist - but sadly - not for the local vendors.