For palm-fringed peace and barefoot beauty, head to this little-known beach retreat - just ninety minutes north but a world away from the bright lights of Phuket.
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Nestled between wild rainforest and the emerald waters of the Andaman on Thailand’s western coast, you might not have heard of the sleepy province of Khao Lak. Yet it's in this lack of renown that the region's tranquil charm lies. A natural beauty boasting 25kms of sweeping ivory bays, it’s the perfect antidote to the crowds found further south.
Explore scenery that’s as diverse as it is dramatic, from white sand beaches to mangrove estuaries brimming with longboats, forested valleys and limestone cliffs. Take a guided drive through some of Southern Thailand’s finest rainforest, walk among soaring hardwoods in Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park, watch waterfalls tumble down cliffs at Chong Fah or marvel at graceful Asian elephants bathing in the natural pools.
The closest mainland point to the Similan Islands - you’re just a brief boat charter away from these castaway shores, coveted by divers and snorkelers alike for their wealth of vibrant marine life. After a long day of adventures, return home to your lavish villa to be greeted by champagne on ice, the table laid, heavenly aromas drifting from the kitchen. Sink into a palatial bath laced with lavender salts, just as the dipping sun sets the Andaman ablaze.