JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

41/12 Moo 3, Khuk Khak Beach, (formerly Cher Fah Resort & Spa), Khao Lak, 82190, Thailand
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Construction in Khao Lak?

by tpoynter

Has anyone been to Khao Lak in October / November 2005? We were planning to go there but have heard it was hit really hard by the Tsunami and the rebuilding hasn't really started.

RE: Construction in Khao Lak?

by darthmilmo

Hi,

I visited in May. It felt like visiting a war zone... there were a couple of hotels/restuarants opperating though... plus two dive shops still open (though both where running the last run on their live-on-boards for the season). My guess is that it will take a couple of years to rebuild. Nevertheless, the locals can use your help... no need to volunteer though.. just showing up and staying there for a few days spending your Bhat will help... I took a live-a-board with Similan Island Safari, which hire local Thai as well as foreign dive instructors... check out their webpage (google it) and ask them the scoop on the current situation if you'd like... they're really helpful. Remember, the diving season starts around that time so things will get up and running then.

saludos,
Fernando

RE: RE: Construction in Khao Lak?

by tpoynter

awesome - thanks for the helpful info.

RE: Construction in Khao Lak?

by johnnymoretti

I am sitting in Khao Lak as I write this. I have been here since November 1st and can tell you that Khao Lak is rebuilding quickly. I first came here just two weeks after the tsunami and have traveled here three times since.

Many of the major hotels are open along the beach. As many have been torn down for rebuilding. Nearly all the businesses along the main road in Khao Lak have opened and are in business. Many restaurants and shops are back up and running.

My advice: Come here and enjoy yourself. There is plenty to do and see, and you won't feel like you are in a 'war zone'. The one-year memorial was last night and I can tell you firsthand that these people are ready to move on in their lives and get back to normal. Your visit will be most appreciated and you will have not only given back to them with your tourist dollars, but will have enjoyed your visit as well.

Cheers to all,

Johnny Moretti
Operation Playground Org.

RE: RE: Construction in Khao Lak?

by darthmilmo

Thanks for the update Johnny! It's good things are turning around over there... I have no immediate plans of returning, but Khao Lak will definitly be a stop on my next trip to Thailand, whenever that will be.

saludos,
Fernando

Re: Construction in Khao Lak?

by LeeLikesPhuket

This thread really needs an update, so here it is:

Khao Lak is back and doing very well - Lots of photos and information about Khao Lak - updates, questions answered at www.KhaoLakLovers.com

Travel Tips for Ban Khao Lak

After-dinner cocktails

by phil_uk_net

After another great dinner in Khaolak there is nothing better than a quiet cocktail in the Dragon Bar with some friends.
This bar is just a few meters from the ocean and all that can be heard is the gentle crashing of waves on the beach.

Khao Lak

by phil_uk_net

"Khaolak"

As places like Koh Samui and the main beaches of Phuket continue to be ruined by mass tourism it is necessary to go a bit further away from the touristy areas to find quiet, unspoiled beaches. Just an hour north from Phuket airport by taxi Khaolak is a beautiful, tranquil place but be quick because it is being developed rapidly.

In the Khaolak area there are several beaches. From south to north - Khaolak, Nangthong, Bangniang, Kukkak and Bangsak. The further north you go the quieter they become. Getting from one to the other (especially late at night) can be a problem as the buses are very infrequent. I was travelling on my own and got lifts on the back of motorbikes from obliging locals a lot of the time!
My experience of the area, and consequently the tips in my pages, covers only the Nang Thong and Bang Niang beach areas.

The Similan Islands are near to this part of the mainland too so this is a good base from which to visit them. These islands are world renowned for snorkelling and scuba diving.

My first visit to Khaolak was January 2002. I returned in December 2002 and again in February 2003. I was amazed at the amount of change that had occurred between each visit. Whole areas had been turned into construction sites as Khaolak was set to explode. I saw a number of backpackers that I didn't see on my first trip probably due to some favourable comments in the Lonely Planet Islands and Beaches guide.

I will give Khaolak about a year before it loses the charm that exists now. How sad. On the positive side, there are now a few more local taxis so it is easier to get around and there is an ATM.

The other thing that I should mention is that the local authorities seem to be taking a stand against issuing licenses for loud music bars etc. Therefore although Khaolak is likely to get a lot busier it should not turn into another Patong beach.

Khaolak is well known to German and Swedish visitors. I have not met many other Brits there.

"Accommodation"

There are a number of large, expensive, private resorts set in their own grounds with their own beaches. Room rates are accordingly high.

For independent travellers there are a number of small bungalow operations with prices from 300 - 600 baht. Typically these are nice places but do not have the luxury of air conditioning and hot water.

Accommodation in between these 2 categories is not so common. One nice place is the Bang Niang Beach Resort which has A/C, hot water and really nice rooms for around 1400 baht.

If you arrive and require accommodation it is advisable to consult one of the local travel agencies on the main road. They will know where there are free rooms and you will not necessarily save any money by going direct to a bungalow. Travel agents are based along the one and only main road that goes through Khaolak.
Just adjacent to the bus station near Sea Dragon dive centre on the beach side of the road is a guy that sits alone at a desk providing tourist information. He is very useful.

"The changing face of Khao Lak"

On my first visit in January 2002 I didn't see any sign of construction. When I went back 10 months later several areas resembled building sites. I was quite devastated but in Thailand the only consideration is money and not much thought is given to the environment.
This was a lovely, green field a few months ago. Very soon it will be a mass of concrete.
The natural beauty of Khao Lak is being wrecked but this doesn't matter to the people who are making a fast buck.

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 JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa

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Address: 41/12 Moo 3, Khuk Khak Beach, (formerly Cher Fah Resort & Spa), Khao Lak, 82190, Thailand