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Khao Lak Travel Guide


Khao Lak means “Lak Mountain”, which is one of the main mountain peaks seen in the area. It is an up and coming tourist destination, so you had better visit while it still has most of its culture and nature untouched by tourism! Surrounded by greenery, Khao Lak is the perfect place for nature lovers and even more so for anyone who is in need of peace and tranquility. Located just an hour’s drive from Phuket, a short getaway to Khao Lak is all you need to recharge yourself.

Local Custom & Slang

Sawadee-ka (for females), Sawadee-krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Hello!

Khop kun ka (for females), Khop kun krap (for males)

  • Meaning: Thank you!

Feet Etiquette

  • With the many beaches in Khao Lak, you will probably be walking barefoot most of the time. In Thailand, locals consider using your feet for anything as rude. This is due to Buddhism belief that the feet are the lowest and dirtiest part of the body. Never use your feet for anything; do not use your feet to hold a door, sit with your soles touching the floor, never have your feet above someone’s head.

Keep Calm and Smile

  • Weather too humid? Slow service? Language barriers? Don’t forget to smile and get along with the locals because Thais are extremely polite and patient. After all, you’re in the Land of Smiles!

Trip Essentials

  • Weather
  • Currency
  • Visa
  • Electricity
  • Khao Lak has two main seasons. The rainy season is the wettest period of the year, which lasts from April to October. The dry season, also the hottest period of the year, stretches from November to March.


By Taxi

  • Taxis in Khao Lak can be distinguished by the yellow-red colours. Set the fare in advance as fares are not metered. Taxi fares are 6 times more expensive than Song Thaew’s.

Motorbike Taxi

  • This is the cheapest and most convenient option for solo travellers. Motorbike Taxi drivers wear fluorescent vests that are usually in yellow, orange or pink.

  • Fares start from around 100 baht.

By Bus

  • Song Thaew is the local public bus in Khao Lak. It is a blue-coloured open-air bus that runs regularly from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily. With no designated stops, free and easy travel is more feasible as you are allowed to stop anywhere along the bus route.

  • A tip is to negotiate your price first before boarding the bus! Travelling from one end of Khao Lak to the other costs around 50 baht.

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