The flight from Bangkok to Phuket was only about an hour and included a pretty view! Ban Bang Niang Beach was gorgeous and surprisingly not very crowded while we were there. Our hostel was perfect since it was around $7/night and included AC and wifi. There was breakfast every morning for 100 baht which included coffee/tea, fresh juice, fresh fruit, eggs and toast. Additionally, the owner, Parisia spoke English very well and was so sweet. She waits up for her guests to arrive even if its 3 in the morning and is very friendly. When we had to leave she gave us all a hug and a kiss on the cheek and waved goodbye as our van drove away. So if you visit Khao Lak stay at Parisia Guesthouse!
We got to swim in this pool which is at a beachside resort since they were just opening and wanted to appear like they have customers. We did eat at their cafe for lunch which was super westernized and overpriced but we were in a touristy area so that’s to be expected. The rest of our time there we stuck to Thai food and everything from curry to tom yum noodles was delicious. I almost never burn and even with SPF 45 and reapplying still managed to get some pretty red shoulders because the sun is so strong here in the south but I also got a pretty nice tan so it was worth sacrificing the shoulders.
Khao Lak is amazing and definitely a place I would visit again. It’s good for a quick getaway (we only stayed 5 days). It also wasn’t very crowded so we were able to truly vacation, enjoy life slow-paced and take in the beauty of Thailand.
I arrived in Thailand on April 11 and spent the day picking an apartment and shopping for some supplies that weren’t possible to pack such as laundry detergent, pillows, clothes hangers, etc. The next day I flew out to Phuket and then took a cab down to Khao Lak to meet up with some of my coworkers. April 12 was spent settling in at the hostel, exploring the town and having dinner by the water with a beautiful sunset. The next day, April 13, was Songkran which is the Thai New Year. In some areas of Thailand Songkran is celebrated April 14-15 as well since it is still the holiday period but where we were there was only one day of the water festival. We were really relieved about this because even though it was an incredibly fun experience by the end of the day we just really wanted to be dry.
We bought cheap water guns at little shops and all along the streets establishments placed out large buckets of water for people to fill their guns or buckets with. It was just one gigantic water fight. We went to a bar that had the large gallons of water on the sidewalk and then there was a median in the street which is where we stayed for most of the day because the bar was playing music and trucks would drive by with people shooting and throwing water from the back. We were also aiming at the people on motorbikes.
During this fest, if a Thai person likes you they will put a white or colored clay/paste on your face which you can see in some of these photos. It was just honestly such an amazing experience to get to have fun and feel like a little kid again. It is definitely an experience I’d recommend to everyone who comes to Thailand.