Things to do in Khao Lak

Our most recommended things to do in Khao Lak

Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

1. Khao Lak: Rafting, Elephant Bathing & Sea Turtle Center Tour

Depart Khao Lak and enjoy a day tour of river rafting, elephant interaction, and rainforest exploration. Visit an ethical elephant conservation center, sail along a quiet river through the rainforest, and hear about sea turtle conservation. After pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, relax on the comfortable ride to the elephant camp. Spend some time with bathing and feeding these gentle giants in a relaxed and respectful environment. Continue the tour with a visit to Sai Rung Waterfall. Enjoy some refreshments as you watch the water plunge 20 meters from a ledge into a lagoon encircled by jungle. Surrounded by lush vegetation, the area around the falls also hosts an abundance of local wildlife. Hop on a bamboo raft with a local boatman and float along the river for a calm and tranquil ride through the rainforest. Head to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center to learn about projects aimed helping these endangered creatures. Finally, return to your hotel in Khao Lak.

From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

2. From Phuket/Khaolak: Similan Islands Early Bird Day Trip

Enjoy a speedboat tour to snorkel through crystal-clear waters in Donald Duck, Honeymoon, and Princess Bay. Stop for a delicious picnic lunch by the sea at Honeymoon bay. Choose from tour options with convenient pickup and drop-off points in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. The early bird tour to Similan Islands will leave directly from the Yacht Haven in Phuket or Nam Kem Pier in Khaolak. An early departure ensures you get there early enough to enjoy Donald Duck Bay, hike up the short trail to the Sail Rock, and take those amazing pictures from the viewpoint. The tour includes two long snorkeling breaks to explore the beautiful underwater world and a chance to see a sea turtle. The next stop will be Island no 4, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch near the beach at Honeymoon Bay. Take a small walk through a nature trail to the stunning beach at Princess Bay where you have time to relax and swim in the crystal clear waters. After, there will be one more snorkeling stop either at the famous Koh Bon or Similan Island depending on the weather conditions.

Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

3. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Explore some of Thailand's most iconic and stunning islands on a longtail boat cruise from Khao Lak. Cruise over turquoise waters, past lush mangroves, and see the famous James Bond Island up close. Feel the salty breeze in your hair and relax under the warm tropical sun en route. After a pickup from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With the Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

4. From Phuket or Khaolak: Similan Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided speedboat tour of the Similan Islands from Phuket or Khaolak. Explore the underwater world at Ba Ngu's coral bay, relax on the pristine shores of Miang Island, and enjoy a buffet lunch. Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Love Andaman private pier at Tablamu. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide.  Hop on a first-class speedboat and head for the Similan Islands. The first stop is known as Donald Duck Bay or Island No. 8. Here, you can hike to the Sail-Rock to admire the amazing scenery or spend time at the sandy beach swimming and sunbathing.  Visit the first snorkeling spot of Ba Ngu Island or Island No. 9. Explore the breathtaking coral bay, the best location to see different species of fish in the colorful underwater world. Take a break and enjoy a home-cooked Thai lunch buffet at noon. Enjoy fresh fruit as you relax on Thailand's most beautiful white sand beach.  Continue to the second snorkeling spot, where it is time to find Nemo at Payu Island or Island No. 7. Sea turtles and clownfish are often sighted here.  Take a rest at Miang Island or Island No. 4 and head to the gorgeous beaches of Honeymoon Bay and Princess Bay. Head back to the pier and be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

From Khao Lak: Full-Day Snorkeling in the Surin Islands

5. From Khao Lak: Full-Day Snorkeling in the Surin Islands

Benefit from early morning pick-up from your hotel in the Khao Lak area and depart for the Surin Islands by speedboat. Snorkel at some of the best spots in Thailand and immerse yourself in the underwater world and turquoise waters. Visit the village of Moken to meet the locals and explore their unique culture and houses. Learn more about their way of life, and then stop for lunch on the beach at around midday. Go to 2 more snorkeling sites in the afternoon to explore the amazing coral gardens. Journey back to the Khao Lak area and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of a memorable trip.

From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

6. From Phuket Or Khao Lak: Phi Phi Islands Early Bird Tour

Embark on a Phi Phi Islands speedboat tour and leave the crowds behind. Visit the most famous spots of the beautiful Phi Phi islands, its pristine beaches, and landscapes, and jump into the clear waters for a swim and a snorkel. Start your tour very early in order to arrive at the islands before the regular tours. Stop at the island Phi Phi Leh, with its beautiful Maya Bay, which was made famous by the Hollywood movie The Beach, and the Phi Phi Leh Lagoon. Take time for a refreshing swimming break in the lagoon. After, continue to Phi Phi Don to climb up to the striking viewpoint. Enjoy the amazing views from the top of the island and get a glimpse of the town. Tuck into a delicious light breakfast followed by lunch later in the day and enjoy drinks aboard the speedboat. Have the opportunity to sightsee around the island to see the Viking Cave and visit the monkey beach. Make the most of two long snorkeling stops, and as a final stop head to Bamboo Island for a picnic lunch and extensive beach and swimming time. 

From Khao Lok: Full Board Cheow Lan Lake 2-Day Wildlife Tour

7. From Khao Lok: Full Board Cheow Lan Lake 2-Day Wildlife Tour

Enjoy an overnight tour to "Cheow Lan Lake," located in the "Khao Sok National Park." Visit the"Nam Rad Watershed Forest" to marvel at its unique jungle and crystal clear creek. Sleep on a beautiful floating raft house on the lake, discover the landscape and wilderness by boat. Take part in a leisurely jungle walk and explore a cave. Day 1: Enjoy the convenience of being picked up early in the morning from an address in Khao Lak. Kick back and relax in an air-conditioned van on the drive to the Khao Sok National Park. Stop to snap photos of the morning mist and lush evergreen forest from the Khao Sok Viewpoint. Arrive at the Nam Rad Watershed, a unique watershed forest where you can swim in a crystal-clear creek and soak up the greenery. Continue to Cheow Lan Lake for a boat tour to highlights like the Three-brother Pillar. Have the chance to swim from the boat. Dig into a local lunch at the raft house and check in to the charming floating bungalows with breathtaking views of the lake. In the late afternoon, board a boat and admire the stunning area in the glow of the setting sun. Look for bright birds, reptiles, and some mammals. Return to the raft house for dinner and have free time to gaze up at the stars and breathe in the fresh air. Get some rest for your next adventure-filled day. Day 2: Wake up with a cup of coffee and the view, or take a kayak out to soak up the morning scenery as the sun rises from behind the mountain peaks which loom over the jungle. Fill up with a hearty breakfast before packing up and checking out. Cruise to a jungle trail where you can admire lush views of the rainforest. Set off on an easy, guided jungle walk around the island. Be introduced to flora and fauna along the trail by your guide. Explore the cave with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Enjoy a delicious Thai lunch, with a 270-degree view of the lake. Spend some free time just simply relaxing or swimming to beat the heat. Get back on the boat and head to the pier for your transfer back to your accommodation in Khao Lak.

Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

8. Surin Islands Snorkeling Day Trip from Phuket or Khaolak

Start the trip with a convenient transfer service to Tablamu Pier for a 7:30 AM check-in. Enjoy a light breakfast with tea or coffee as you receive a briefing from your tour guide. At 8:00 AM, hop on a first-class speedboat and head for Surin Island. The first stop is for your snorkeling experience at The Nemo or Pineapple Gulf. Swim and enjoy the beautiful beach and scenic view at Twin Beach.  At 11:00 AM, visit the famous Sea Gypsy Moken Village. Visit and learn their traditional lifestyle before heading for buffet lunch at the beach on Surin National Park. After lunch, head to the enchanting Mae Yai Gulf and the Tao Gulf. Snorkel here and explore the breathtaking coral reefs before heading back to the pier to be transferred back to your accommodation with wonderful memories. 

Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

9. Khao Lak: Elephant Bathing and Feeding Tour with Waterfall

Get up close and personal with Thailand's national animal on this tour: The elephant. Learn about elephants from expert mahouts — elephant keepers — while you bathe, scrub, feed, and play with the gentle pachyderms in a clean shallow stream. Marvel at the elephants' delicate ability to use their long and strong trunks to grab a small banana directly from your hand. Enjoy their playfulness as they toss water onto themselves, and you, as they cool off in the water. After your elephant visit, stop at the cascading Sai Rung Waterfall in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation and crystal-clear waters. Then, sit back and relax as you're dropped back off at your hotel. Best of all, choose to join the morning or the afternoon tour, depending on your preferences.

Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

10. Khao Sok National Park: Overnight Treehouse Trip with Meals

This all-inclusive overnight stay takes you one step closer to the jungle. Sleep in a stylish treehouse and gain insights into the diverse nature of Khao Sok National Park, one of the oldest national parks worldwide. Your tour includes meals and round-trip transportation from Khao Lak. Pack your bags and prepare for a jam-packed multi-day trip that includes canoeing and elephant bathing (no riding) in the valley of the rainforest as well as taking a longtail boat ride on the Cheow Lan Lake, visiting a cave, and jungle trekking. You’ll have the chance to get to know Khao Sok from different sides to experience its diversity to the fullest. Being at the right time at the right place, you might see blooming orchids or even the biggest flower in the world. With a bit of luck, you might see gibbon monkeys crossing your path. On your first day, explore the riverside of Khao Sok by canoe and meet some gentle elephants to play and have a bath with them. Have lunch and dinner at the Rock and Treehouse Resort and later have enough time to explore its surroundings. After an unforgettable night in one of the unique bungalows in the middle of nature, wake up for a fresh breakfast before beginning the second day, which will be spent at the barrier lake. Sightseeing by longtail boat, get the chance to easily enjoy the unique landscape. Later, join a 1-hour jungle trek with a local ranger. He’ll take you deep inside the jungle to explore untouched nature. A cave visit will also be part of the trip and, after having an authentic Thai lunch at the bamboo raft houses, you’ll have some more time to swim and relax. In the afternoon, head back to your hotel, riding again through the lush landscape of Khao Sok.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,559 reviews

The excursion was well organized, picked up and dropped off at our hotel. The speedboat was in excellent condition and it took only 1.5 hours to get to the Similan Islands. The scenery is stunning, the water is crystal clear. The snorkelling wasn’t the greatest but it was a great day on the water.

Amazing tour - the transportation service was incredible, on time, and dropped us where we needed to go. The tour was wonderful, our guide Pei was very knowledgable and super nice. The resort itself was wonderful. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the natural side of Thailand

Die Tour war schön, wie zu erwarten sehr touristisch, aber das wussten wir eben vorher schon. Der Nationalpark ist sehr schön. Die Kajakfahrt ist gut, aber ich habe schon bessere erlebt. Das Highlight war unsere Guide, die immer sehr nett und lustig war!

Surin Island is such an underrated paradise! Best snorkeling we've done in SEA so far and the organization of the tour was impeccable. We didn't have to worry about a thing!!! Definitely recommend it.

Great trip with a great team. Were always the first at the spots. This allowed you to really enjoy everything. No crowds.