Khao Lak low season
The Similan Islands and Surin Islands national parks are now closed for another season, they open again in late October. If you are staying in Khao Lak between now and October you’ll find it a very quiet place as visitor numbers drop considerably. Many bars and restaurants will close for low season and it’s a time for resorts to do their annual maintenance.
There are some great offers to be had on hotels during the low season as the big resorts slash prices to fill rooms and keep their staff occupied.
If you want to do some day tours there are options other than visiting the inaccessible islands:
- There are lots of nearby waterfalls (Namtok Thai Muang, Namtok Sri Phang Nga). The easiest way to see these is to hire a car and drive yourself or get a car and driver for a day.
- There is the Little Amazon in Takuapa, 30km north of Khao Lak. This one hour boat ride down the San Nea river is excellent for spotting snakes, birds and monkeys. In the same area is Sri Takuapa (old town) which has a market on Sunday afternoons and Ban Nam Kem fishing community and tsunami memorial. Half day and full day tours available.
- Khao Sok is actually better in low season (or green season as it’s sometimes called) because the water levels are higher. You can visit Ratchaprapa dam and stay on a floating bungalow.
- You can also reach Phuket in about 90 minutes by car. Phuket is more of a year round destination with lots of shopping and nightlife, excellent local and international restaurants and great beaches. Phuket is also the starting point for tours to the Phi Phi Islands. (Some of our Phi Phi day trips include transfers from Khao Lak).
- Phang Nga bay is a beautiful place at any time of year and the sheltered bay means the sea is flat. You can go sea cave kayaking or just sightseeing to James Bond Island, Koh Panyee and Wat Suhan Kuha. We run private Phang Nga tours for small groups.
What is the weather like in Khao Lak in low season? That’s the million dollar question that we get asked every day but can’t really answer. Probably it will be fine with short tropical downpours in the evening. It’s possible that you are unlucky and get a week of non stop rain, that’s the chance you take at this time of year. From mid May on westerly winds blow onto Thailand’s Andaman coast so expect breaking waves and sometimes strong rip currents. Be careful swimming on Khao Lak’s beaches in low season, they are not patrolled by life guards.