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Loy Krathong Festival

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Loy Krathong Festival

Loi Krathong is the Festival of Light and one of the typical events celebrated throughout Thailand and    certain areas of neighbouring countries, who share the same culture. Loi Krathong takes place in the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month in the traditional Thai calendar. In the western calendar it usually falls in November and is the most picturesque and beautiful of all Thai celebrations. This year’s celebrations will be on 17th November.

The name of the festival derives from the Thai language, where “loi” means ‘to float’ and “krathong” refers to a small raft. The krathong was originally made of slices cut of the trunk of a banana tree and decorated with  elaborately folded banana leaves to give it the shape of a lotusflower. A krathong contains flowers, incense sticks, candles and coins. Some years back Thai people started to use styrofoam for making floats but realised soon that they are polluting lakes and rivers and it may take years until the foam disappears. By now it is no longer allowed to use styrofoam and the Thais returned to the old style of manufacturing.

Turtle Conservation Center

Turtle Conservation Center

Turtle Time

One of the many reasons that attracts visitors of all ages and keeps many returning year after year is that nearly all the area we know as Khao Lak is a National Park, the natural beauty of the mountains and countryside wonderfully complementing the 25 km of gorgeous beaches. People love the flowers, the vegetation and the wildlife. For some nature lovers though their enjoyment is enhanced by the unique opportunity to visit the Thai Royal Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Unit located on the base at Tab Lamu. The entrance to the base is down the road in Tab Lamu leading to the pier where boats depart for various destinations including the birth place of these lovely creatures, the Similan Islands.

Golf in Khao Lak

Navy Golf Course

Got the Golfing Blues?

We all know that golfers take their sport seriously, very seriously! So when they are used to taking to the freeways regularly it is often a wrench to go on holiday. Some take their equipment with them and enjoy playing in a different location and sometimes different environment. Often golfers thinking about or actually visiting Khao Lak don’t realise that they can enjoy their sport in a very different and exciting location just 15 minutes away from the main areas of Khao Lak.

9 Best Tours in Phang Nga

Get more out of your Holiday ! Here are the 9 best tours in Phang Nga, Thailand. Enjoy natural beauty, tropical Islands, evergreen Rainforest and so much more.

Similan Islands

1 Similan Islands
The Similan Islands are a group of 9 beautiful tropical islands in the Andaman Sea. 2 of them can be visited.  The islands have pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue waters, perfect for both divers and snorkelers. Or if you just want a nice day out the Similan Islands can offer it all. The total package of scenery, beach, blue waters and underwater life makes the Similan Islands a must visit on your Khao Lak Holiday.

Die Similan Inseln sind eine Gruppe von 9 wunderschönen tropischen Inseln in der Andamansee. 2 von ihnen können besichtigt werden. Die Inseln haben unberührte weiße Sandstrände und kristallklares Wasser, perfekt für Taucher und Schnorchler, oder wenn Sie wollen einfach nur einen schönen Tag. Das gesamte Paket aus Landschaft, Strand, blauem Wasser und Unterwasserleben macht die Similans ein Muss auf Ihrer Khao Lak Reise.

Diving Similan Islands

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Diving Similan Islands

Finally we start again…
And waiting is over!
The time between the seasons was not only used for the maintenance and repair of equipment and boats, it was also a time to develop new concepts and services, which will make the periods on the boats and the     underwater adventure experience even more interesting, relaxed and intense.

As always, the trips to the Similan Islands are one of the main attractions for the water sport enthusiasts among the visitors to Khao Lak.  The Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, the latter two belong to the Similan Islands Marine Park as well, offer breathtaking landscapes – above and underwater – to the visitors.

Vegetarian Festival

“Pass by the house and get a piece of turtle cake” As soon as I heard that, I knew right away dad was selected to be a VP of the Southern Chinese Temple once again. Turtle cake is Chinese snack made out of corn flour and green beans in a shape of turtle. To Chinese, turtles represent longevity so it is appropriate that the cake is made into a big weird-looking reddish turtle. Red also represents prosperity. It is usually offered as a gift to the President and other two VPs for the upcoming Vegetarian Festival. The Gods and the committee would come to their houses after midnight of the 8th day to deliver the sacred cake. I’m not fond of the taste, but I had a bite, hoping for some good luck for my business. Each year, dad is very thrilled and always hopes to be a big part of the temple especially during the Vegetarian Festival time.

Activities – Sri Phang Nga National Park

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The park lies in Kura Buri and Takua Pa districts of Phang Nga province, adjacent to Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani province. It became the 56th national park of Thailand on 16 April 1988 covering an area of 246 square kilometers.

The park protects the ranges of hills parallel to the Andaman Sea coast. These hills are the head water of many streams. Like other places in southern Thailand (which is sandwiched between the Andaman Sea to the west and the Gulf of Thailand to the east) the rainy season in this area lasts from May till December. January to April could be named the warm season. There are many streams, waterfalls and cliffs in the park.

Most of the park is moist evergreen forest, which has Dipterocarpus species and Hopea odorata as dominant trees. There are herbs, bulb plants, mosses, ferns and other low structure plants. The wildlife found in the forest north of Cheaw Lan Lake, are Malayan tapir, serow, elephant, barking deer, bear, tiger, lesser mouse deer, gibbon, macaque, langur, banteng, wild pig and birds.

Sport – Cycling in Khao Lak

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Riding a bicycle in this heat?

Rent a bicycle!

Many of you may think how on earth can someone possibly ride a bicycle in this climate? The answer is just get yourself in the saddle, move your legs and you’ll see how easy and enjoyable this activity can be. As long as you move you will generate enough wind to keep help you cooling your body. Additionally, due to the relatively low speed can you absorb the nature and surroundings around you much more detailed and intense.

Besides the fun cycling has an extremely large health benefits to one’s health, only to mention the top ones:

Cycling is good for your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, as well as a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease.

Cycling is good for your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially in the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.

Cycling is good for your lifespan: Bicycling is a great way to increase your longevity, as cycling regularly has been associated with increased ‘life-years’, even when adjusted for risks of injury through cycling.

Cycling is good for your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.

Cycling is good for your immune system: Cycling can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers.

Enjoy the Beauty of Phang Nga Province

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Cheow Lan Lake Khao Sok

Floating raft houses at Cheow Lan Lake in the Khao Sok National Park

The Khao Sok National Park is part of the largest nature reserve in southern Thailand. The Cheow Lan Lake is part of it. Most Khao Sok tours focus solely on the entrance of the national park, but our excursion leads us further to the “Cheow Lan Lake”. The lake’s surroundings provide exciting views over mountains, bizarre lime stone formations and wild jungle. After a scenic 70 minute “Long tail” boat ride, we will arrive at our jungle trek departure point.