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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD (foreign office travel advice)

Khao Lak

When to go

Khao Lak remains warm and humid throughout the year, with two primary seasons – wet and dry. During the dry season from November through to May the climate is consistently hot and humid, so be prepared for the heat. March to May are the hottest and driest months in Khao Lak when temperatures can reach as high as 33°C.

The wet season runs from June to October, yet there is only a slight variation in average temperature at this time, usually sitting around the 28°C mark. September and October are the wettest months, but rainfall tends to occur in the late afternoon or early evening and is usually short lived. As a benefit, the Khao Lak countryside is remarkably lush and green during the wet season.

Health and Safety

Visit your GP at least eight weeks before you travel your holiday to Khao Lak in order to check whether you need any vaccinations, as some need to be spread out over several weeks. Hepatitis A & B and Typhoid vaccinations are all recommended, and in some cases Rabies. It's also worth getting your usual UK jabs up to date, such as MMR.

It's not advisable to drink tap water in Thailand as it can be unsafe. Instead, stick to bottled water, which can be found cheaply everywhere you go.

As with any holiday, you should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself and family on your trip. If you're visiting Khao Lak specifically to take part in sports or watersports, including hiking, you should make sure your insurance covers this. See our holiday extras page for more information and for the latest health and safety information visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/health .

Passports and visas

British passport holders are covered under visa exemption when entering Thailand for less than 30 days. If you intend to stay for longer, you must get a visa before you travel. You must also have a passport valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry to Thailand, and entry is commonly refused if you attempt to travel on a damaged passport.

Carry your passport with you, as you may need to show it when paying by credit card. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/thailand/entry-requirements .

Getting around

Flights land at Phuket International Airport, located around 75 kilometres south of Khao Lak. Transfers from the airport generally take around an hour and a half. Most tour operators include transfers as part of a Thailand holiday package so getting to your resort is easy. If you prefer to arrange your own travel, there are several airport taxi desks located in the arrivals hall where you can book a taxi.

Khao Lak is located along one of the four major highways in Thailand and is home to two small bus stops with regular services to larger destinations such as Bangkok and Phuket. If you're planning to explore more of the local area you may be better off hiring a rental car.

Advice for travellers with children

Khao Lak boasts a more relaxed atmosphere than the majority of its neighbouring towns, making it a popular choice for those travelling to Thailand with children. With a selection of quiet beaches and an emphasis on nature, it's considered one of the most family friendly areas in the Phang Nga province.

You'll find that families are welcome in the majority of hotels and restaurants here, while many of the accommodation options are secluded from the area's social hubs. Khao Lak has grown in recent years to become one of the primary tourist resorts in Thailand, while still retaining a laid-back charm, so finding places for young children to eat, swim and play is relatively easy. Book All Inclusive Thailand holidays here and you can guarantee that airport transfers and family-friendly dining options are included.

Electricity

Connector type: Two and three pin plug types, A, B, C, F and O. Voltage Info: 220V, 50Hz

Emergency information

Police Emergency: 191 Ambulance, Fire & rescue: 1669

British Consulate

If you're a victim of crime or affected by a crisis overseas, or if something happens to a relative or partner contact the British Embassy in Bangkok.

Address: 14 Wireless Road Lumpini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand Email: info.bangkok@fco.gov.uk Phone: +66 02 305 8333

Hospitals

The nearest large hospital is Phuket International Hospital, with emergency transportation on standby within Khao Lak.

Phuket International Hospital Address: 44 Chalermprakiat Ror 9 Rd, Phuket 83000, Thailand Phone: +66 76 249 400

Medical assistance is also available closer to Khao Lak at the Dr Chusak Clinic

Dr Chusak Clinic Address: Khuekkhak, Takua Pa Disctric, Phang-nga, 82190, Thailand Phone: +66 81 968 9702