The Khaolak Southsea Hotel at Laem Pakarang Beach was recently been rebranded from The Best Western Premier Khaolak Southsea.
Along this amazing stretch of Thai coastline there is jungle trekking in the hilly peaks, elephant riding, mangrove swamp exploring, and the Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park to wonder through to find little beach coves of pristine water to snorkel in. It is the definitive family playground with 25 kilometers of sand to roll in.
Rated as a four star hotel with 125 rooms, The Best Western Premier Khaolak Southsea Phang Nga has the standard offerings of amenities such as: 24 hour reception, a business center for those that need to stay in touch with the world, safety deposit boxes, a fitness center for die hard gym junkies, a spa for stressed out bodies and an outdoor swimming pool complete with pool side bar for a bit of imbibing. Add to this a coffee shop, a restaurant serving international and Thai cuisine; free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking if you have hired your own car for getting around.
Bicycles can be rented and advice on where to push the pedals to can be sought at the on-site tour desk. Despite being isolated from the buzz of the town itself, the beach setting and quick easy taxi service more than compensate for this lack of central locale. There are several small local thatched Thai restaurants serving traditional Thai cuisine close by. Normal hotel check-in times of 2pm and out at midday apply.
The 2004 tsunami hit this area with a vengeance and the evidence of its fury can be seen at Bang Niang beach, where a museum has been built beside a navy boat dropped 2 kilometers inland by the galloping waves of destruction. There is now a tsunami warning system in place, which will give up to two hours notice of an impending land fall of a tsunami.
Khao Lak is the place to embark on one of the many live aboard scuba diving trips or do a day snorkeling trip to the world famous Similan Islands, where the water is such a crystal clear blue, you can see forever in its depths. It is where no buildings can be higher than that of a palm tree, the Andaman Sea’s apron invites you to indulge in all manner of water sports on its uncrowded beaches and above all, it offers a family friendly ambience.