Khao Lak is originally the name of a mountain in Phang Nga province in southern Thailand. The mountain is located on the west coast Thailand and the well-known vacation region of Khao Lak is directly opposite the mountain. From Bangkok it is about 10 hours drive by bus to Khao Lak. The nearest airport is about 60 km away in Phuket. Climatically, the monsoon winds determine the weather. The climate in Khao Lak is classified into two seasons, the dry season and the rainy season.
In terms of tourism, one is offered many different excursion options in addition to the classic beach vacation. Among the most popular excursions are the numerous beach trips to Bang Niang, Nang Thong, Koh Ra Beach or Kukak. In addition, Khao Lak is a central point for diving enthusiasts. Direct diving spots are not located in Khao Lak, but at the Similian Islands, which are about 70 kilometers away. Many local diving schools offer the trips. Another highlight is the Khao Sok National Park in Surat Thani province. Also very popular are the daily fishing trips to various regions. Other tourism highlights include the day tours to Koh Prathong, Khao Sok and Phang Nga Bay. On these tours you get to see the natural beauty of Khao Lak especially well.
Because of the prevailing monsoon winds, the seasons in Khao Lak could hardly be more different. The dry season starts in November and goes until April. This is also the most beautiful travel season for Khao Lak with lots of sun, little wind and rainfall. Then comes the first transition period in the months of April/May. The transition period lasts about 4 weeks, during which it can be stormy, coupled with heavy rainfall. From May to October is the rainy season. During this time it can rain for days. Fair weather is also not uncommon, although the sea can be very dangerous due to strong currents. October/November is the beginning of the second transitional period. Temperatures range between 29-33°C all year round. Also the water temperatures are always pleasant with 27-29°C. During the rainy season and the transitional periods you have to expect about 16-20 rainy days, while in the dry season there are only 6-9 rainy days on average. Officially, the dry season starts in November, although it is not uncommon to have partly heavy rainfall until mid-December, before the weather becomes calmer, more settled and sunny.