The province of Phang-nga is located some 788 kilometres from
Bangkok. It covers an area of 4,170 square kilometres.
Phang-nga is a province with two characters
- land and sea - and packed with national parks that guard
magnificent scenery with immensely different attractions.
Most famous is Ao Phang-nga National Park,
a geological wonder filled with islets, sunken caverns and
startling rock formations rising sheer out of the sea. The
bay is extremely sheltered ideal for expeditions of sea canoes
to explore the many fascinating caverns with their own eco-systems.
Phang-nga's andaman coast offers parks of
a different kind. The island groups of Surin and Similan are
renowned for their beautiful unspoilt beaches and spectacular
underwater scenery, attracting divers from around the world.
Khao Lak is a coastal park full of birds, mammals and scenic
waterfalls, with a number of hotel developments after Tsunami
disaster in December 2004.
Locate and Landscape
Khaolak lies in the Takua-Pa district of
Phang-Nga province, in the south of Thailand. Phang-Nga is
situated on the West Coast facing the Andaman Sea, and lies
within 1-2hrs driving distance of popular tourist destinations
such as Krabi in the east, and Phuket in the south.
A primarily agricultural province, Phang-Nga
produces rubber and food crops such as rice, vegetables and
fruit. A large proportion of the province still comprised
of forest, much of which is designated national park area.
Khaolak itself is a national park area,
resplendent with rich natural attractions, and a convenient
departure point to other of Phang-Nga's many points of interest,
including the famous Similan Islands, and Surin Islands in
neighbouring Ranong Province.
Khaolak's strong attraction is the beauty
of its natural surroundings -bordering the Andaman Sea on
one side, and surrounded by natural forest on other sides.
Offering peace and tranquility, the area is reminiscent of
Phuket in bygone days, and is the perfect spot to get away
from the razzle and dazzle of more populated areas nearby.
If you are based in Khaolak, the easiest
way to get around is by car or motorbike. Local taxi trucks
are also an option. Trips out to small islands off the main
land are easily made by longtail boat - arranged through agents
at any of the hotels and guesthouses in the area. For ventures
futher afield, local bus services will take you to any district
you want to go. The most convenient method of travel around
however is by Songtaew or taxi truck, easily hired from any
town by the trip or for the entire day. Jeep and motorbike
rentals are also widely available.