Nangthong bay resort

Khao Lak hotel recommendation

Khao Lak is the ideal place to stay for snorkeling day trips and liveaboards to the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Khao Lak is also close to Phang Nga Bay and Khao Sok national park. Phuket is just 90 minutes drive away.

Khao Lak resorts are actually very spread out along the coast. Many resorts say they are in Khao Lak when in truth they are quite isolated. We recommend staying in the more central beach areas, the real Khao Lak. Those beaches are Bang Niang and Nangthong. in these areas you have plenty of restaurants and a few bars and shops. If you are going on a tour you will be picked up from you hotel free of charge in these central areas.

Our Khao Lak Hotel Recommendation

Each Khao Lak hotel recommendation below links to the hotel page at, a large online hotel booking website. It’s hard to recommend hotels but all the suggestions below are hotels that we have either stayed at ourselves or that come highly recommended by our friends.

Nang Thong:

  • The Sands – a 5 star resort in an excellent location right on the beach. Completely renovated in 2012. Highly rated.
  • The Leaf on the Sands. A cheaper alternative just behind the Sands. About 400 metres to the beach. Two pools, good rooms and a good breakfast.
  • The Khao Lak Seaview Resort – 4 star well located on Nangthong beach. It’s good value for a family holiday.
  • Sri Chada hotel – Recommended for cheap and clean rooms in Khao Lak centre.
  • Monkey Dive hostel – One of the newest budget hostels. Popular at the moment.

Bang Niang:

  • Parisia Guesthouse – a low budget place close to the night market
  • Baan Chongfa – a very popular 3 star bungalow resort. A hidden gem that is actually close to everything. Books up early.
  • The Cousin resort  a very good value lower budget bungalow resort.

South of Khao Lak:

  • Baan Krating resort – a few minutes drive south of central Khao Lak. Attractive wood bungalows on stilts on the rocks over looking the Andaman sea. Great views. Lots of steps to climb.

North of Khao Lak:

  • Beyond Resort – 10 minutes drive north of Khao Lak. A very stylish 4 star resort, new in 2011. Ideal for couples looking for private bungalows in a luxurious resort setting.

The Sands Khao Lak