What the tourists know as being the Khao Lak area is located in Phang Nga province, about 65 kilometers north of the island of Phuket. Khao Lak is in two districts; Thai Mueang and Takua Pa. Khao Lak Village is in the sub-district Lam Kaen, in Thai Mueang district, and the other five areas are located in the sub-district Khuekkhak, in Takua Pa district, they are Nang Thong, Bang Niang, Khuekkhak, Cape Pakarang, and Bang Sak. With an hour and twenty minutes’ drive to and from Phuket International Airport it is easy to get to Khao Lak.
The name Khao Lak means Lak Mountain and it is taken from Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, which is where it is divided between the districts of Thai Mueang and Takua Pa. The whole stretch from Khao Lak village in the south and Bang Sak in the north has beaches stretching about 25 kilometers into the Andaman Sea. Similan Islands, Ko Kho Khao, Ko Phra Thong, Ko Ra, Tachai Island, and the Surin Islands are all in the Andaman Sea and easily reachable from the Khao Lak area.
Khao Lak is a very peaceful area well suited for all kinds of tourists; families, couples, singles, of all ages, and the accommodation prices range from low budgets to the high end five star resorts. It is easy to get to Khao Lak from other parts of Thailand, as mentioned, Phuket International Airport is a short drive to the south from here, and there are regular busses going through Khao Lak from Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket and Bangkok. Phetkasem Road which goes from Phuket and all the way to Bangkok goes through here.
With more than a hundred accommodations registered in the area it is reported that in 2018 there will be around 9000 hotel rooms to book from. The busiest time is around new years and the high season is from middle October to the end of March. As the prices drop in April, first month of the low season, more and more tourists come in April. April is the hottest month of the year and it is also where the Thai New Year, Songkran, is celebrated. Songkran is known as the biggest water fight in the world. In some areas of Thailand the water throwing goes on for a week but in Khao Lak it is just one day, on April 13.