Located just north of Phuket Island, Khao Lak is one of Thailand's most peaceful resorts, with seemingly endless stretches of pure white sand and no fewer than three national parks which include some of this country's most incredible scenery.
The views are just as stunning under the water as they are above it on a Khao Lak holiday, where you'll find spectacular coral reefs bursting with anemones in an array of vivid colours, and are also likely to encounter white tip sharks, rays, snappers, barracudas and turtles.
If you're feeling energetic but prefer your stunning sights to be land-based, you can hike inland to catch views of some of the many impressive waterfalls located in this area. For a relaxing experience on your Khao Lak holiday, relax in the hot springs at Ban Bor Dan and feel them melting away your stresses.
Khao Lak's long stretches of white sandy beach put many visitors in mind of the Phuket of a generation ago. It remains largely unspoilt, so is perfect if you want a simply relaxing Thailand holiday.
With just a few shops and restaurants along the main coast road, Khao Lak is a great place to escape into a more sedate world.
The resort has seen limited development of luxury resorts and hotels, and bungalows built sympathetically to traditional designs, but this has been done with no adverse effects on its laid-back charm.
A package holiday or all-inclusive holiday was originally the preserve of divers visiting the area for those amazing underwater reefs, but there is just as much natural beauty to enjoy without getting your feet wet, in the shape of the comforting soft sands, lush greenery of the palm and pine trees, and the lush rainforest with its colourful wildlife.
The tsunami of 2000 helped Khao Lak reinvent itself for a new millennium. Now its resorts have been sumptuously refurbished with upgraded facilities, and attention has been paid to adding facilities which complement the area's natural beauty, such as gorgeous gardens, relaxing lotus ponds and infinity pools.
There's a wide choice of accommodation available for your Khao Lak holiday catering for all tastes and budgets. So if you're in search of a last-minute holiday, check out The Co-operative Travel for all the best late deals, then book your getaway to Khao Lak online.