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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.
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.
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.
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Riding a bicycle in this heat?
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.
In high season the Andaman Sea is very good for local fishing trips. Trolling and/or bottom fishing is a very popular tour. You can go on fishing tours from tour operators in Khao Lak. From Bang Niang Beach some longtail boats leave for fishing trips. In general, with trolling you catch Barracuda, Tuna and Mackerel. With live bait you will catch Dorado, a yellow gold colored predator fish which gives a good fight! With bottom fishing you will catch Grouper and some other fish that live in the deeper waters. It can be that you even get a squid on your live bait !
But it can also be that you get nothing ! There is never a guarantee for a catch !
In Khao Lak the fishing tours are mostly recreational but there are also some companies offering big game fishing (Phuket) and specialized freshwater fishing tours.
Soon (1st of November) the Similan Islands will open again ! The white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and underwater world can be visited with various tour and dive companies in Khao Lak. The Similan Islands are part of the Similan and Surin Marine National Park and of course, all the other islands like Tachai Island, Bon Island and Surin Islands will open as well.
Similan and Surin Marine National Park Islands are famous for their natural surrounding. The blue waters, sandy beaches give you a real tropical experience that you will not forget for a long time. The Similan Islands are one of the highlights of Khao Lak and the Andaman Coast.
If you are seeking a day filled with excitement and fun, then this one is for you.
Your day starts with whitewater rafting at Ton Pariwat Waterfall in Phang Nga. Go downhill on a raft through the lush evergreen jungle of Phang Nga. Don’t worry: it is safe ! you will get a helmet and 2 paddle guides will join the raft as well.
Whether Thai food is your favorite food, or cooking is your hobby, or may be just curiosity. Once you are in Thailand, there is no better way to learn Thai cooking by taking a Thai cooking course, taught by qualified Thai professional.
In Khao Lak many restaurants and even hotels have Thai Cooking Classes. Learn about the ingredients, Thai herbs and spices, how they are being used and much more. Go to the market with a Thai Chef and see how Thai people buy their food and ingredients. Your Thai Chef will explain all the ingredients and what you can make of it.
Khao Sok National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in Thailand. Due to its majestic scenery and biological diversity the park is nicknamed the ‘GuiLin of Thailand’, which refers to a very beautiful place in China. The name ‘Khao Sok’ is derived from the word ‘ Ban Sop”, which means ‘house of dead bodies’, The Royal Forest Department declared Khao Sok as the 22nd national park of Thailand on December 22nd, 1980.
Elephant trekking in Khao Lak is one of the most popular tours. Another tour that get increasingly popular is a combination of Elephant Trekking and Bathing. After a relaxing Elephant Trek in Khao Lak you will have a chance of a lifetime to bath with your elephant. Wash, play and feed on of the most beautiful animals of nature.
Khao Phing Kan (Thai: เขาพิงกัน) or Ko Khao Phing Kan (เกาะเขาพิงกัน) is a pair of islands on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. About 40 metres (130 ft) from its shores lies a 20 metres (66 ft) tall islet Ko Tapu (เกาะตะปู, or Khao Tapu (เขาตะปู. The island is a part of the Ao Phang Nga National Park. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.
Nearby in Phang Nga Bay are the Mangroves which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many tour companies offer a fantastic day trip to Phang Nga Bay, Sea canoe in the mangroves and sightseeing in the Bay.
The Phi Phi Islands (Thai: หมู่เกาะพีพี, Thai) are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don (“ko” (Thai: เกาะ) meaning “island” in the Thai language) is the largest island of the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or “Ko Phi Phi Leh”), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea. These islands offering good beaches and clear waters, a perfect background for nice holiday photos.
What to do in Khao Lak ?
The first of the three temples you will visit is the nature temple of Wat Tumprayanakarat or Dragon Cave Temple. It was built into a cave that opens out at the bottom of a cliff face. The monks use this temple to do their meditation in. The Dragon Cave Temple is famous for the herbal tea that the monks make themselves. The herbal tea is made with water from the Limestone mountains and is used to clean the body. The meditation is to clean the spirit.
The second temple that you will visit is Wat Bang Riang. Here you will also see the Pagoda and the Goddess of Mercy statue, also known as Kwan Im. In the south of Thailand many Thai people believe in Kwan Im. Your tour guide will tell you the story of Kwan Im so you can understand why this goddess is so popular. The Temple also shows the various cultural influences like Chinese for example.
What to do in Kao Lak ?
Khao Lak might look like a sleepy town, well it isn’t ! The surroundings of Khao Lak are wonderful and there is plenty of nature and things to see. Long beaches, waterfalls, jungle and more. to explore all of it, you can go on a Khao Lak Safari. This tour will bring you to the best places in Khao Lak and gives you a good impression of the area. Transportation: an elephant and Bamboo Raft !