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Kholak's landscape

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Kholak's landscape

Does anyone know, what is the landscape in Khaolak (flat or hilly?)

we are going to Khaolak in Oct'12 and would like to hire a motorbike, is it safe to do? and if it is safe, where is the best place to hire motorbike?


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1. Re: Kholak's landscape

Khao Lak Lamru National Park became the 66th national park in Thailand in the early 1990’s and covers an area of 125 km². The Park runs in a West-East direction and covers two parcels of comparable area, joined by a narrow band of jungle. The coast around Khao Lak only represents a small portion of the overall Park.

The headquarters of the park are located at the highest point of Highway 4 coming over Lak Mountain before it drops down into the main area of Khao Lak, Bang La On. Khao Lak is essentially 25km of glorious beaches separated by a highway with mountains and hills on the inland side.

There are many places to hire a motor bike. Is it safe to do so? Your decision, bearing in mind that deaths from motor cycle accidents are the main cause of road fatalities in Thailand.

To drive, NOT hire, a motor bike you need an International Driving Permit obtained in the UK before you arrive, That IDP is basically a copy of your UK licence and only covers the categories in Thailand for which you are qualified to drive in the UK. Undoubtedly you will be hired a motor cycle without an IDP but you will be driving illegally and uninsured with potentially horrendous consequences for you and 3rd parties in the event of an accident.

Should you be qualified and obtain an IDP make sure that your bike hire includes insurance and that you and any passenger get and wear at all times a decent helmet.

The most valuable thing you need is eyes in the back of your head!

Take care!

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2. Re: Kholak's landscape

Hi Angie....Wise words as usual from me mate Mr A....!!....Don't ride or hire unless you're an experienced rider....A motorcycle licence and a helmet for both you and your pillion is a must...

Anyway,always stay inside the bike lane on the highways edge....Cars will overtake you at a rate of knots so be prepared for a wind rush....

Riding a motorycle in Khao lak has definitely far less traffic than Patong so that is one safety factor....Constant mirror and headchecks are a given...

We hired a scooter for a month from a shop behind the Ramada @ Bang Niang...The cost was 1200baht per week(7th day free)....I gave them a passport copy...!!....

Khao Lak Seafood in Bang La On(main town)on the highway also has scooter rentals for 200baht/day....

Khao Lak is hilly mainly in the national park area but otherwise relatively flat elsewhere....The hilliness will not bother you on a scooter as the scooter has enough power even with 2 up....Bicycles are another story...!!

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3. Re: Kholak's landscape

Certainly endorse the comments provided by Arandora.

Just to reinforce the point about "legal" requirements. We passed through a police road block set up between Bang La On and Bang Niang in August. Good for us, because we had helmets, licence etc, bad for all the others pulled up on the side of the road, receiving fines etc.

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