Khao Lak is a region of seaside resorts located in the Takua Pa District of Phang Nga Province, Thailand. It is popular for its serene ambiance and as departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands.
Located approximately 60 kilometers north of the island of Phuket along Phetkasem Road, (Thai Route 4), one of four major highways in Thailand, Khao Lak is serviced regularly by bus and taxi services. Phuket International Airport (HKT) is situated 74 kilometers south on the island of Phuket. Though Thailand's economy is mostly export-dependent, Khao Lak remains mostly tourist-dependent, with surrounding agriculture and commercial fishing making up a small contribution to Thailand's overall economy.
What differentiates Khao Lak from neighboring tourist destinations like Phuket, is its quiet up-scale, secluded coastal resorts; quiet, uncrowded beaches; family-friendly nighttime environment and provincial ordinances prohibiting structures taller than the height of a coconut palm tree, keeping Khao Lak down to earth