If you love the outdoors, Khao Lak is the perfect gateway to both tropical jungles and stunning underwater worlds. Just a one-hour transfer away from Phuket airport it’s a great place to experience Thailand’s untouched charm and laid-back spirit. With a picture postcard landscape of enchanting waterfalls and mysterious temple caves combined with shimmering shores and natural wildlife, it is an idyllic hideaway where you can unwind in pristine surroundings.
Khao Lak is also a gateway to some of the top dive areas in southern Thailand with visitors drawn by the enchanting Similan and Surin Islands. With colourful coral gardens and an underwater world teeming with anemones in a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and blues, you are also likely to encounter white tip sharks, rays, snappers, barracudas and turtles in the shimmering water that lap the glittering shores.
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The Similan Islands are located in the Andaman Sea on the West coast of Southern Thailand. The Similan archipelago covers 140 sq.km's and consists of eleven islands: Koh Bangu, Koh Bon, Koh Ha, Koh Hin Pousar, Koh Huyong, Koh Meang, Koh Payan, Koh Payang, Koh Payu, Koh Similan, Koh Tachai, the eleventh island is now closed indefinately. The islands are world famous for some of the best scuba diving in Soputh East Asia. The islands are closed from mid May through to mid October each year.