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Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

1. Khao Lak: Phang Nga Bay & James Bond Island by Longtail Boat

Following pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak, board a traditional longtail boat and experience the mangrove forests and karst formations from a different perspective. Get up close to the limestone rocks on a short canoe trip before heading to Khao Phing Kan. Marvel at rock formations such as Tapu Island and James Bond Island, used as a film location in the movie "The Man With The Golden Gun." Continue to the floating Muslim village of Koh Panyi, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Next, go to Suwan Khuha Cave Temple to see the statue of the reclining Golden Buddha. Get some time to feed the resident monkeys before the return trip to Khao Lak.

Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

2. Full-Day Temple Tour Including Dragon Cave from Khao Lak

Phang Nga Province is home to 3 of Thailand’s most amazing temples. The first stop on this 9-hour tour will be the Dragon Cave Temple at the site of stunning stalagmite and stalactite caves that you can explore. Continue on to the Bang Rieng Temple, situated high up on a mountain and offering breathtaking views. It features the largest pagoda in Phang Nga, and houses a Buddha relic. Enjoy an authentic Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Suwan Khuha Temple, or Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most historic of Phang Nga’s temples. It is located in a giant cave and houses a 15-meter-long reclining Buddha statue.

Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

3. Phang Nga Bay: Longtail Boat Sightseeing Tour

Explore the famous Phang Nga Bay in an authentic Thai longtail boat. Catch a perfect view of the region's limestone and see Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock. Take a canoe ride to lay back and enjoy nature. Eat lunch in Koh Panyee, a sea gypsy village built overtop the water. View the fascinating landscape of the Andaman Coastline, full of substantial green mangrove forests that are habitat many animals such as lizards, snakes, monkeys, and a variety of birds. Get close to pillar-Esque limestone towers that protrude out of the blue waters. Arrive near the world-famous James Bond Island, made known for the filming of "The Man with the Golden Gun" starring Roger Moore. Spot Ko Tapu, the James Bond Rock, and take a picture of yourself as the classic 007 character. Jump into a canoe, lay back, and enjoy while your guide paddles for you. Get right next to stone formations that are hundreds of years old, caves, and majestic mangroves. Discover the village of Koh Panyee and learn of the lifestyle of the sea nomads that live there. Enjoy a traditionally made Thai lunch and take a short walk through the village to learn about the culture of the inhabitants. Find a souvenir or two to remember your experience or share it with a friend. Visit a local temple on the way back with a chance to see wild monkeys.

Temple Tour & Old Town

4. Temple Tour & Old Town

On this tour visit two Buddhist temples and the old town of Takuapa. The tour begins with a stop in Khuk Khak Temple. While here learn about monks and the purpose of worship and meditation. Observe the beautiful wall painting inside the main building, known as the Bot, illustrating the local history of Phang Nga province and its development over the decades. Head to the next stop, the glamorous Kong Kha Temple. Admire the stunning pagoda gracefully decorated and built to honor the late deceased King Rama IX. See magnificent images of the life of Buddha beautifully presented in more modern art depictions. Have the opportunity to provide merit at the shrine and discover your life's prophecy in a traditional Thai way. Go to the historic part of Takuapa and explore its old town. See interesting Sino-Portuguese architecture and buildings dating back to the 13th-century. Check out the town's charming streets filled with Chinese shrines and tea houses. Have a cup of local Tea / Coffee at the old town

Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

5. Khao Lak: 6-Hour Takua Pa Historical & Cultural Tour

Begin your day trip with pick-up from your hotel in Khao Lak at 9.00 AM, to depart for your first stop, the Chinese Shrine. Discover the temple's architecture and colorful ornamentation, before heading to Takuapa Old Town. Explore the old-town streets lined with beautiful examples of Sino-Portuguese architecture and visit the Takuapa Market to see locals selling and bargaining for their produce. Continue to Nam Kem Cultural Centre, a museum run by locals and interestingly made out of clay, to learn more about the area. The next stop will be the Tor Sor Cake Factory, where you can witness the local craftsmanship, before enjoying a delicious lunch at a local restaurant around noon. Finally, visit the Tsunami Memorial Park and Museum, a tranquil and peaceful place for reflection and remembrance. The tour will end with a drop off at your hotel in Khao Lak, arriving around 3.30 PM.

Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

6. Cheow Lan Lake: 3-Day Floating Resort Luxury Experience

Experience the 500 Rai Floating Resort, where all of its rooms float on the emerald-green waters of Cheow Lan Lake. Enjoy luxurious living in the jungle and relax on your terrace overseeing the panoramic view of the lake.  Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool. Explore the nature of Khao Sok partake in sports, leisure, adventures, and create memories that will last on this multi-day holiday experience. Day 1: Explore the Lake, Jungle, Coral Cave, and Guilin Rocks of Thailand Start your adventure bright and early with complimentary pickup from your accommodation in Phuket, Khao Lak, Krabi, Phang-Nga, Surat Thani, or Khao Sok. Alternatively, you can choose to drive yourself to 500 Rai Floating Resort. Enjoy the stunning local life views along the way. Stop to capture a memorable moment at Cheow Lan Lake viewpoint. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at the lake. Then, go for a jungle walk, bamboo rafting, and cave exploration at Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the impressive limstone formation, Khao Sam Klur, the Guilin Rocks of Thailand. Enjoy lunch on a buffet setting upon arrival at 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in and explore the lake with your own kayak. Enjoy complimentary drinks (coffee, tea, and fruit juice) and seasonal fruit by the poolside.  Go on a Khao Sok wildlife safari by long-tail boat. Then, head back to the resort and enjoy a mouthwatering buffet dinner. Day 2: Bird-Watching Long-Tail Boat Ride and Leisure Day Start the day early with a warm beverage before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Do some bird watching from the boat, keep your eyes peeled on the rainforest canopy. Return to the resort for breakfast. Spend the whole morning relaxing by the pool, swimming at the lake, or explore a nearby islet with your kayak. Dine at the floating resort for lunch. Spend your free time in the afternoon as you like. If you would like to explore more of Cheow Lan Lake, there are more tours offered at the resort. Finish your day with dinner at the resort. Day 3: Free Time and Departure Have beakfast and relax by the pool the whole morning. Swim in the lake or do some final exploring with your kayak. Have lunch at the resort and depart at 1:00 PM. Head towards back to your hotel.

Khao Sok: Luxury 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

7. Khao Sok: Luxury 2-Day/1-Night Lake Expedition

Enjoy a free pickup service from your accommodations in Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak, Khao Sok, or Surat Thani, and head to Rajja Prabha Dam in Khao Sok. Be amazed by the picturesque viewpoint, which gives you a clear view of the entire national park. Depart from the pier for a scenic boat ride to Khao Sok National Park and on the way stop by Chiew Larn lake's icon the Khao Sam Klur. Start with an early morning and go on a wildlife safari and cruise the jungle shore in a long tail boat to spot gibbons, hornbills, monkeys, and other vibrant wildlife in the rainforest canopy. After your adventure, head back for a hearty breakfast before checking out and taking a boat ride back to the other side with panoramic views of the limestone mountains. Hop on your private van transfer back to your accommodation in Phuket, Krabi, or Khao Lak. The multi-day luxury package includes one night's accommodation in Pae 500 Rai's deluxe room set right on the lake and 3 delicious meals. Wake up to the most beautiful sight set in the morning mist of the surrounding rainforest. Catch a glimpse of diverse wild animals in their natural habitats such as monkeys, elephants, bulls, and wild birds. Start with an early morning and go on a wildlife safari and cruise the jungle shore in a long tail boat to spot gibbons, hornbills, monkeys, and other vibrant wildlife in the rainforest canopy. After your adventure, head back for a hearty breakfast before checking out and taking a boat ride back to the other side with panoramic views of the limestone mountains. Hop on your private van transfer back to your accommodation in Phuket, Krabi, or Khao Lak.

From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

8. From Phuket: Khao Lak Highlights Full-Day Tour

Venture north of Phuket to Khao Lak, known for its stretches of beach and lush jungle scenery. Explore this peaceful slice of Thai paradise on a full-day tour. The first stop is the Sarasin Bridge, one of Thailand’s most beautiful and famous bridges. It connects Phuket to the province of Phang Nga and has gained renown due to the tragic Romeo and Juliet-style story associated with it. It'll be a quick stop here to view the surrounding bay and take photos of the gazebos and elevated turrets. Then, head to the Andaman View Point, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the surrounding fields, hills, and mountains. Head to the river for the bamboo rafting activity. Board a small yet sturdy raft made out of bamboo and cruise down the river, admiring the calm waters and the abundant greenery of the area. Next, you'll make your way to the Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Located across the Khao Lak National Park in the Thai navy base, learn about the efforts the navy is going to to rehabilitate the turtles. Catch a glimpse of the numerous turtles and other endangered marine life. Take an hour to have lunch and relax near the conservation center. After lunch, head to the International Tsunami Museum and discover how the effects of the 2004 tsunami greatly affected the Khao Lak area. See the Thai navy boat that was washed ashore by a massive wave. The final destination is the Lampi Waterfall. Head over to this multi-level waterfall, walk through the rainforest trail, and even take a dip in the chilly pool before making your way back to your accommodation in Phuket.

Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

9. Khao Sok: Chiew Larn Lake Luxury Overnight Stay with Meals

Prepare to experience the pleasures of the 500Rai Floating Resort. Immerse yourself in the serenity of the resort’s floating infinity pool, partake in sports and leisure adventures, and rejuvenate your body and mind. Day 1 Start your adventure bright and early with pickup from your hotel. Capture a memorable moment at a scenic viewpoint on the way. Board a traditional long-tail boat upon arrival at Chiew Larn Lake. Join a jungle walk, try bamboo rafting, and enjoy free time to explore Coral Cave. Make a photo stop at the famous Gui Lin rock formation. Then enjoy a buffet lunch upon arrival at the 500Rai Floating Resort. Check in to your room and then start exploring the lake on a kayak. Enjoy coffee, tea, and fruit juice, and seasonal fruit as you relax by the pool in the afternoon. Next, visit Khao Sok Wildlife Safari by long-tail boat. Then return to the resort for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2 Start the day early with a coffee or tea, before heading out on another long-tail boat ride. Enjoy bird watching in the rainforest canopy, before heading back to the resort for breakfast. Spend the rest of the morning relaxing by the pool, swimming in the lake or exploring a small island on the lake with the kayak. Enjoy lunch at the resort, before departing from the resort and driving back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Khao Lak

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 52 reviews

Brilliant day out! Our guide was chatty and knowledgeable about all the places we visited, The canoeing in caves was epic, having to lie down in the canoe to enter the caves because of tide levels. The floating village is amazing, we had a beautiful lunch there and time to wonder about. The monkeys!!!!!! What can I say apart from they’re cheeky and cute, there is a stall to buy fruit and nuts to feed the monkeys for 200baht. Worth every penny!!

We had a wonderful day. Ran, our guide from Green Andaman Travel was superb. His knowledge of Thai history and culture was second to none. As for the trip, the bay is one of the most beautiful places in the world and the lunch at the floating village was incredible. Having travelled extensively we have have the privilege of lots of guided tours and this was one of the best, ,.

We had a great day. Run, our tour guide, was well informed and lots of fun. The bay was spectacular, lunch was great and our 9 year old granddaughter loved feeding the monkeys at the temple.

Great tour guide and driver. Answered all our questions. Places we went to were as planned. Fantastic full day with our entire group. Would recommend to anyone.

Aot was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the day very much.