Khao Lak – a town north of Phuket and a long sunset beach.
I stayed several times there, however, I would not come back, if there were not so incredible dive spots close to Khao Lak.
A four-lane road – on left and right hand side you can find restaurants, shopping malls and a McDonalds. McDonalds was built new. I could not remember it. The season had not started yet, but we guessed, how it looks here around Christmas time. A resort next to one others, all aligned to the West, to the beach, to the sunset. In some restaurants a Thai-Curry can cost more than we are used from Munich Thai-restaurants.
The place is not the calm and relaxing Koh Lanta.
We looked each other, why are we here? Ahh, we wanted to dive. The liveaboards to Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock were too expansive. However we wanted to dive the Boonsung wreck, which is close to beach North of Khao Lak.
The journey to Khao Lak
The journey from Koh Lanta to Khao Lak was quite the same hop on and off we experienced on the journey from Koh Phangan to Koh Lanta. We arrived at the first travel agency: “Please change ticket.” The same procedure, we got a new sticker and some offers for places to stay in Khao Lak. Then we hopped on and at the next travel agency off. „Hotel?“: „No, we have not booked, however we will not see all the prospects again, we just want to get a transport to Khao Lak.” The Thai guy shouted at us: We shall be happy, that we get a transport. We can take a taxi and he did not want to talk to us further. Woowhhh, we thought. In several years travelling in Thailand we have never met such an aggressive Thai.
The evening in Khao Lak
We found a cheap and good room close to the beach. Later we went to beach to get our sunset beer. The sunsets in Khao Lak are amazing.
At night we moved beside “millions” of people to “downtown” Khao Lak. During the last years there was a cook-shop in Front of one of the supermarkets. And the cook-shop was still there. The cook-shop is a bit in Khao Lak, what remembers Chang Mai or Pai in the North of Thailand. We ordered a Pad Thai and a Thai omelette. In front of the supermarket, where benches were prepared, we enjoyed our lunch.
Another German couple was sitting beside us. A conversation started. The streets were getting empty, the supermarket closed – it was 11pm. The time flew. The next day we wanted to dive at the Boonsung wreck. We had to say good-bye.