Khao Lak
Competent information about Khao Lak,
a wonderful destination in the South of Thailand,
compiled by travel writer Richard Doring




A dream beach in the tropics...


...Bang Niang Beach
(Khao Lak) the beautiful
Andaman Sea

Swimming in the sea
around the clock,

natural and comfortable bungalows,


cool beach restaurants and beach cafes,

many activities in an unspoilt nature,


memorable excursions to fishing villages, coral reefs, bizarre rock formations, islands, caves, and waterfalls in the nearby jungle.

  Bang Niang Beach (Khao Lak)

The beautiful beach of Bang Niang stretches for one mile between two rivers. The fine golden sand is free from rocks, stones or coral. Just a few sea shells are swept ashore during the high tide -- a nice gift to be found in the morning. Swimming is possible any time of the day, during low or high tide. Most of the time the water is not very clear due to the fine sediments that are moved by the waves.
The beach is wide at low tide, but only 5 to 10 yards at the height of the high tide.
Near the mouth of the Bang Niang River picturesque rocky outcrops make a beautiful backdrop at sunset.



You may walk undisturbed for 5 miles to Coral Cape in the north, or even for 10 miles to the beach of Bang Sak -- loneliness for hours, just passing a small fishing village and three resorts among the coconut palms. If you are longing for less solitude -- Nang Thong Beach is hardly an hour to the south, with more restaurants and shops strung along the rim of the sand. Beware though: at high tide you may have to swim through the river!

There is an extensive coral reef just a mile away breaking the power of the waves. During the monsoon season from May through October though, swimming is only rarely possible at this beach. Despite the overcast sky many tourists love the special beauty of these months and enjoy a calm and peaceful beach holiday at Bang Niang Beach in Khao Lak.

The 60 houses of Ban Bang Niang are scattered among the coconut and rubber gardens in the vicinity of the highway. Only lately many shop houses were constructed along the H4.


Not an easy choice among these picturesque bungalow villages...

 Bang Niang Beach (one mile of sandy beach, access at KM 62.1):
Ramada Resort Khao Lak
(76 rooms and 8 Ocean Front Villas)

High occupancy
in the low season.

japanese style
(or contemporary Thai?),
arranged in
horse-shoe shape

4200 - 9200 Baht

2100-5100 Baht)

105 - 230 Euro

(42-102 Euro)

 Tel: +66 76 427777
Fax: +66 76 427784

Richard Dorings information: New resort in postmodern Japanese style in the excellent location of the former Palm Andaman Beach Resort. Two- and three-storey buildings are arranged in horseshoe shape around a swimming pool with open view towards the Andaman Sea. Well appointed rooms with all facilities including free WLAN.
La Flora Beach Resort & Spa
(138 rooms in bungalows and in the hotel wings)

High occupancy
in the low season.

5200 - 7200 Baht

130 - 180 Euro

Tel: +66 76 428000
Fax: +66 76 428029

Richard Dorings information: A Summit Hotel. The La Flora Resort & Spa is designed in contemporary Asian style. Guests can enjoy an infinity pool and a freeform pool featuring Jacuzzi jets and underwater music. There are Pool Access Rooms with daybeds, a private Jacuzzi, and a direct connection into the pool area. The Spa offers treatments with natural Jurlique products and locally sourced oils, a fitness centre, tennis courts and a beach club offering water sports. Wireless Internet is available in all rooms and hotel public areas as well as a library full of books and computers.
Beach Resort

(64 Villas and 84 rooms)

High occupancy
in the low season.

4300 - 9000 Baht/Day

107 - 225 Euro

Tel: +66 76 429999
Fax: +66 76 420098

Richard Dorings information (February 2014): New true 4-star resort catering for package tourists and for individual tourits, 64 big bungalows, that are called Villas, several hotel buildings with 84 rooms and suites, furnished to a very high standard, imposing reception building, spa, many restaurants and bars, gigantic poolscape and glorious gardening.
Sita Garden
(5 bungalows and 1 room)
(Special internet rate)

To the website

2400 - 3200 Baht
per day

(min. 1 week)

60 - 70 Euro

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:

sitagarden08 (at)

Richard Dorings information: Summer cottage arrangement, very family friendly, located directly on the beach. 5 attractive small houses (ranging from 2400-3200 Baht) with fan and aircon, tastefully decorated, shower/WC, kitchenette, large terrace with sea view, 4 bungalows with 3rd bed or separate children's room with bunk bed. German owners, there are several restaurants within 200 metres, no hotel service. Prior reservation is necessary. Sita Garden is bookable any day for at least 7 nights.

Chong Fah Beach Resort       -       Sita Garden       -       Chong Fah Restaurant       -       Mukdara Beach Resort                       

Chong Fah
Beach Resort

(30 rooms)

4000, 5000, 7000 Baht

100, 125, 175  Euro

Tel: +6676486056
Fax +6676486055

Richard Dorings information (February 2014): The very popular Chong Fah Beach Resort seems to be built in postmodern Japanese style. The resort consists of 4 Beachfront Double Bungalows, 3 Garden Double Bungalows, 4 Double Storey Houses with 4 rooms each, all rooms are very tastefully decorated. The swimming pool is tiled with black granite. An upmarket restaurant overlooks the beach, a second restaurant in local style is 100 m away right on the beach. Advance booking highly recommended. Open all year.
Sudala Beach Resort
(24 rooms in double bungalows,
54 hotel rooms)

Open all year!

3000 - 4900 Baht

75 - 123

Richard Dorings information (February 2014): 80 to 140 m from the beach, 12 spacious, dark red double bungalows (Seaview Bungalows, Garden Bungalows and Pool View Bungalows) along the concrete beach road, 54 rooms in three 3-storey hotel buildings. 2 pools, Sunny Restaurant and Bar on the beach. Same owner as Mukdara Beach Resort.
Fanari Seafront Resort
(4 bungalows, 12 rooms in double bungalows with seaview or pool view, 12 duplex rooms)

5500 - 9000 Baht

137 - 225

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:

fanari09 (at)

Richard Dorings information (August 2014): Very spacious bungalows for families right at the beach, only 4 bungalows have seaview, most others have poolview. The rates are applicable for 4 persons, that is inclusive of 4 x breakfast. In the duplex rooms in the new main building up to 6 persons can easily be accommodated. As all rates are per family, the price per person is very reasonable. New owners from FuramaXpress.
The Shambhala Khaolak Resort
(10 rooms in bungalows,
4 rooms in apartment house)

4000, 5000, 6000 Baht

100, 125, 150  Euro

Tel: +6676486600-1

Room rates are from November to April per room or bungalow for 1 or 2 guests (some incl. American Breakfast),
surcharge for an extra bed 200 to 450 Baht, small children in the bed with the parents are free of charge,
surcharge for "Peak Season" around Christmas/NewYear is 400 Baht in some resorts.
Transfer from Phuket Airport to the resort is available for 1500 Baht per trip.



Bungalows and Resorts
at Bang Niang Beach in Khao Lak



Click your selected resort.


  Bang Niang Beach, a little away from the beach (access at KM 62.1):
Riverside Resort & Spa
(27 luxury rooms)

(Markus & Choraton)



5500 Baht


The Sandy House
(10 rooms with ac, TV, minimart)
(Michael & Nok)



all year

800 - 1500

20 - 37 Euro

Tel: +66 76 486224

Richard Dorings information (February 2014): 200 mts from the beach, 3 storied town house, big, clean rooms with aircon, TV and shower/WC. Under Thai / English management.
D. & I. McM. from Khanom Beach write about The Sandy House (February 2008): "The room was clean, smelled clean too !! It had twin beds, and air con, which I didn't need, a basic but roomy bathroom, and nice big fluffy bath towels.... and friendly UK owner Michael, his wife, Nok, and his large Thai family - were all very friendly. Price, no breakfast, 800 THB. That was for a single occupancy. Incidentally, I was able to book with them via email/online, the day before I travelled there. In high season, I would recommend phoning in your reservation, as their prices are very competitive."
Fanari Resort Khao Lak
(38 rooms in hotel buildings and 34 rooms in double bungalows around the pool )


New management

2400 - 3000 Baht

60 - 75 Euro

Tel: +66 76 443473
Fax:+66 76 443475

Richard Dorings information (February 2014): 80 to 140 m from the beach, 17 double bungalows around the pool (3000 Baht), 30 rooms in a 3-storey hotel building (2400 Baht) and 8 rooms in the garden building (2700 Baht). Restaurant. On February 1, 2010, the international chain Furama took over the former Bang Niang Beach Resort.
Jasmin Resort
(18 rooms in 9 double
bungalows with ac)

(Paul & Mukda)


ac 1850 Baht

44 Euro

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:

jasminresort08 (at)

Richard Dorings information (November  2012): Small family resort 200 metres back from the beach in a very beautiful tropical garden.
Baan Bamboo Resort
(8 bungalows and 2 rooms)


700 - 1400 Baht

17 - 35 Euro

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:

baanbamboo09 (at)

Richard Dorings information (August 2014): Small resort 300 metres back from the beach with small bungalows decorated with lots of  firstclass bamboo. Equipped with aircon  and fan, warm water and terrace. Under new ownership.
Amsterdam Bungalows
(4 rooms and 10 small
bungalows, restaurant)

(Kees van Dobben)


550 - 1400

12 - 32 Euro

Tel: +66 81 857881
Direct email:


Richard Dorings information: Small establishment 200 metres back from the beach, small stone built bungalows with fan and 4 rooms on the lower floor of the main building, restaurant upstairs, small bar. Dutch management. Good value for money.
Sea Sand Sun Resort
(7 bungalows)



62 Euro

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:


Richard Dorings information (October 2012): This family style bungalow village  is situated 300 meters from the beach right next to the famous Joe's Steakhouse. The 7 modern bungalows are well equipped with aircon and all amenities, one of them a family suite with 2 bedrooms and one living room for 4500 Baht. The resort offers a breakfast restaurant and a small bar. The resort is managed by a young lady from Bangkok who fell in love with Khao Lak. Peak Season Surcharge 500 Baht.
Ladda Resort
(8 rooms and 11new bungalows)


1000 - 1500


25 - 37 Euro

Richard Dorings information: Small resort at Soi 4, 300 m from the beach, 8 rooms with aircon in the 2-storey rowhouse, 11 bungalows, small pool, restaurant, family business, nice and quiet garden. Extrabed for small child 100 Baht. Thai management. 
Cousin Resort
(26 rooms in bungalows and double bungalows with fan and ac, restaurant, bar, pool)

(Saeng and San)

To the website

To the website

1500 - 1700 Baht

37  - 42 Euro

Information and reservation from Internet Booking Service Khao Lak:

cousinresort08 (at)

Richard Doring's information (September 2012): 26 clean rooms in modern single bungalows and double bungalows with fan and aircon (ranging from 1500 - 1700 Baht) also rooms in a row house with aircon (1500 Baht) and two family houses (3500 Baht), restaurant, clean pool, friendly management. Extra bed 500 Baht.
An especially nice complimentary note from a recent guest: "The vacation was a dream. We had already heard good reports about Cousin Resort and our expectations have come true, a wonderful small informal arrangement with great staff. Also both our little ones have enjoyed Khao Lak very much, above all was the unbelievable fondness the Thais have for children." Mrs. S.H.
Thupthong Guesthouse
(12 rooms)


800 - 1000


20 - 25 Euro

Richard Doring's information (February 2014): 3 storied, renovated house, massive building 100 mts from the beach, all rooms with ventilating fan, minibar and terrace / balcony, 6 rooms with sea view, 6 rooms to the back, 4 rooms in 2 double bungalows directly along the road with best seaview, reception with coffee shop.
Sanuk Bungalows
(5 bungalows with
small kitchenette)

(Urs and Bea)

1000 - 1200

25 - 30 Euro

Tel: +66808843158

sanukbungalow (at)

Richard Doring's information (September 2012): 5 small bungalows with aircon and fan, warm water shower, brick built bungalows with small cooking area, wireless internet, small whirlpool. Under new Swiss management. Excellent value for money.

Room rates are in season (November to April) per room or bungalow for 1 or 2 guests (some incl. American Breakfast),
surcharge for an extra bed 200 to 450 Baht, small children in the bed with the parents are free of charge,
surcharge for "Peak Season" around Christmas/NewYear is 400 Baht in some resorts.
Transfer from Phuket Airport to the resort is available for 1500 Baht per trip.

Bang Niang Beach: the northern end, on the right the Danish villa (since 2005 for sale)

Bang Niang, along highway H4 (from KM 61.2 to KM 62.4):
Loma Resort
(8 Apartments and
2 Family Apartments)


2200 Baht

55 Euro

Tel: +66 76 485171

Claudia Roessler writes: "Luxurious resort with 8 Deluxe- & 2 Family-Bungalows (2 resp. 3 rooms, fridge, TV, Video, MP3-Player), Saltwaterpool with Jacuzzi, Sauna & Steambath, Restaurant, Chill Out Lounge, WLAN Internet & Internetcafe"
Richard Doring informiert (September 2013): The resort belongs to Loma Diving, owned by Anotscha. Manager is her sister Ann, who did a very good job at Sita Garden before. Surcharge at Christmas/New Year 200 Baht, Extrabed 700 Baht (children 500 Baht).
Riverside Guesthouse
(10 rooms)

300 - 800 Baht

8 - 20 Euro

 Tel: +66 86 267 9148
Tel: +66 81 963 7243

Chanita Mansion
(29 Zimmer)

600 Baht

15 Euro

 Tel: +66 86 273 2359
Fax: +66 76 486147

Richard Doring informiert: New small hotel behind shop houses at the end of the lane, quiet location, 29 clean rooms with aircon or fan, minibar, TV and hot water shower/WC.
Baan Palm Thong Apartment
(11 large ac-rooms)

800 Baht

20 Euro

 Tel: +66 76 486770

Richard Doring's information: 11 spacious rooms with fridge, TV, aircon and big bath, also suitable for long term rental.
Sinee Guesthouse
(4 ac-bungalows)

With minibar, TV,
water heater

800 Baht

20 Euro

 Tel: +66 76 486772

Richard Doring's information: Four clean stone built bungalows with aircon, big bath and large terrace.
Tony Lodge
(18 rooms with ac)


all year round

1200 Baht

30 Euro
Tel: +66 76 486073
+66 1 8953306
(nur englisch)

Richard Doring's information: A "New Generation Hotel" built from atmospheric bricks, 3 storeys high. Next to the highway. New owner.
Motive Cottage


all year round

Richard Doring's information: 3 storied hotel in a shop house on the H4, much favoured with Thai businessmen. Good value for the money. New owner.
Khaolak City
(27 rooms with ac, TV)


all year round

1300 - 2000 Baht

32 - 50 Euro

Tel: +6676423192-3

Richard Doring's information: New small hotel at the main road near the bus terminal. Excellent value for money.
Bang Niang Emerald
(17 rooms)

500 Baht

12 Euro

Tel: +6676486513

Richard Doring's information: Two-storied guesthouse behind the Emerald Arcade in the road leading to the beach. Large rooms with aircon, TV and hot water shower.
The Garden Resort
(6 bungalows)
(Ariane Lambrecht)

600 Baht

14 Euro

Tel: +66 81 0890170

Richard Doring's information (December 2013):  6 pretty bamboo bungalows in a quiet garden next to the Monochrome Resort. The bungalows are well equipped, even with a small fridge, water cooker and dishes as well as with a mosquito net. In the clean, tiled bathroom there is a water heater for the shower. The terrace affords a beautiful view of the tropical garden which contains also several salas with sitting arrangements. In the nearby "The Garden Restaurant" Ariane offers breakfast for guests only and excellent Thai dinner for everybody. She also arranges exclusive tours.

Rates are per room in season (November to April) for 1 or 2 guests,
surcharge for an extra bed 200 Baht, small children in the bed with the parents are free of charge.

 May we (Richard and Dagmar) help you to book your holiday bungalow at Khao Lak for you?

The resorts at  

Khaolak South

Sunset Beach - Khao Lak

Nang Thong Beach - Khao Lak

Bang Niang Beach - Khao Lak

Khuk Khak Beach - Khao Lak

Bang Sak Beach - Khao Lak

Things to do  

The restaurant page of Khao Lak

Shoppingat Khao Lak


To the tours around Khao Lak

On your own around Khao Lak

Peaceful nightlife only at Khao Lak


Arrival to Khao Lak

Land & House in Khao Lak

Guestbook of Khao Lak

Family Holidays

Booking Information

Other resorts in Phang Nga Province

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