Khao Lak is the sleepy little Thai town 80 km north of Phuket that became famous when it was literally swept off the map during the 2005 tsunami. What is amazing today is that the resilient Thai people have rebuilt Khao Lak into a world-class beach town once again, aided by the fact that Khao Lak’s natural beauty make it a haven for secluded beaches, peaceful nights, and astonishing sunsets. If Phuket is the family black sheep who loves a good time, Khao Lak is the piano-playing sister who goes to bed early. This makes it a perfect destination for families and those looking for a more quiet and relaxing time. But enough about that. Let’s get to the good stuff: diving the Similan Islands!
Khao Lak is the ideal launch point to visit the Similan Islands National Park. The Similan Islands are comprised of nine pristine, uninhabited islands floating on top of a colorful ocean world brimming with spectacular coral reefs and sea life. The Similan Islands are often considered to be in the top 10 diving spots in the world. You can take a day trip to visit the islands from an established tour operator. Or you can dive it. Dive it! You won’t regret it! For more information on dive operators and planning a trip to Khao Lak and the Koh Similan, click here.