High Season has officially started; the office is busy and we’re out every day collecting people from the airport bringing them to Khao Lak or taking guests out on new tours. Last week we visited Phang Nga Bay and went fishing, amongst other Khao Lak activities. We also had our good friend Madde visiting from Sweden. This was her second time with us and we went on many tours in Khao Lak and around the area together, including elephant trekking and fishing.
Our fishing trip last week was with a lovely family from America – John, Luciana and Nik and our friend Madde. The guests and Nai left Khao Lak early and headed out to the sea to catch some dinner for the evening. It was a fun day, I think everyone enjoyed it. They spent a lot of time with their rods in the water and it was worth it. They caught many Dorado and also had some time swimming in the sea when it got too hot too, I expect that it was much needed.
The captain was a great help too, Mr. Song has been a fisherman all his life and is local to the area, born and bred in the Khao Lak area. He knows where the best spots are and has great experience fishing in the Andaman Sea, so knows about the sea life down there.
Nai, our Green Andaman Travel boss, has also been a fisherman for a long time – more than 30 Years. After leaving the bright lights of Bangkok for a more down to earth lifestyle back home in Khao Lak, Nai was a tour guide for a while. After that he decided to set up some small fishing trips for the many friends and visitors to Khao Lak that were asking him about it. It’s from these first fishing trips that Green Andaman Travel grew. Nai still loves to go back to his roots – back to his fishing where he can be out on the sea and peaceful.
There are many other Khao Lak activities that people can do by themselves. Some of my recommendations are Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, a beautiful area of rainforest right on our door step and just a short walk away from the main drag in Khao Lak. Another fun option is hiring a bike and heading up to Chong Fah waterfall. This is best when there has been a lot of rain but is still a relaxing and calm place to spend an afternoon at any time of year. My favourite Khao Lak activity is walking around the market in Bang Niang. This is on every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoon from about 3.00 until about 6.30/7.00pm. Here you will find all sorts of Thai Kanom (snacks), gifts for everyone and fresh fruit and veg.
Khao Lak has something for everyone, from the beautiful beaches, to the cultural attractions in Takuapa and Phang Nga and of course not forgetting the stunning Khao Sok National Park. I personally think it is the ideal holiday destination and it’s a great place to live 🙂