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Khao lak in April too quiet?

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Khao lak in April too quiet?

We are thinking of staying in Khao lak next year in the first 2 weeks of April. We are split between La Flora Resort or Beyond, any suggestions on these would be great. The main concern is, will it be deserted? I understand that its quiet in Khao lak anyway, and we're not looking for late nights and partying but will the hotels, beach restaurants, town restaurants still be busy? It would nice to socialise to some extent and for the atmosphere. We don't want to be the only people there! My husbands concerned it will be ghost town, which i'm sure it wont, but any advice is welcome.

The other alternative is to stay in Phuket, maybe Karon or Kata...?

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1. Re: Khao lak in April too quiet?

The latter part of April from 15th onwards starts to get quieter after families for Easter period and visitors for the very popular Songkran (Thai New Year) Festival on 13th start to go home. However, it is never TOO quiet, never like a ghost town, and never TOO busy. That is much of its appeal compared to places like Karon, Kata and in particular Patong on Phuket to which there is no comparison. Early April 2015 though promises to be popular as Easter is very early and Songkran is always 13th April.

The La Flora is located on the best part of Bang Niang Beach with lots of beach restaurants, others on the roads upto the highway where there are more.

The Adult Only Beyond is located on Pak Weeb Beach regarded as Khao Lak's most beautiful but more secluded one. There is a row of beach restaurants to its Right, a few more to the left and two or three on the highway near the main entrance. Other than that it is a 20 minute shuttle or taxi into Bang Niang, 25 minutes into Bang La On, Khao Lak's main township where most restaurants and shops are to be found.

You can see the latest maps of Khao Lak at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k… with Bang Niang at reply #15 and pics of all Khao Lak's beaches from late last November to the end of March at tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

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2. Re: Khao lak in April too quiet?

Thanks Arandora, much appreciated. Feeling better now, its all about the beach for us - don't do pools! And Khao Lak seems perfect for that. Think we will stick with this location definitely. Can you tell me more about the New year celebrations as we will definitely be there at this time (travelling 3rd-17th)? Sounds interesting.

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Songkran is all about water - lots if it! In other places in Thailand it lasts a few days and has got out of hand with bans on alcohol imposed because of injuries and even fatalities during that time. In Khao Lak thigh it is just one day of fun, well less than a day really as it usually lasts from about 10am to 5pm. More to follow when I get home! .....

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You pick a spot (or visit several) along the highway, in Bang Niang popular spots are near the entrance to the market where visitors and locals alike meet armed with water pistols, buckets or any receptacle for throwing water not only over each other but mainly the passing mitrer cyclists and trucks who stop in the outside lane and engage in water fights then carry on through Khao Lak and sometimes back again for the other side. Obviously as the day goes on outside bars become favourite spots for internal as well as external wetting! Here are some pics from Songkran 2013 https:/… We didn't stay this year as Mrs.A. is not that keen on getting wet.

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5. Re: Khao lak in April too quiet?

That sounds like so much fun!

Any thoughts on JW Marriott hotel as this one seems to be cheapest at the moment compared with the Beyond and La Flora. Howmany beach restaurants are close by say within 10mins waliking?

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6. Re: Khao lak in April too quiet?

The position at the JWM next April is uncertain. These two links will give you the background and latest position

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

and

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g297914-i10908-k…

Whilst there are usually 4 to the right plus massage places, two the left and two outside the main entrance, although there will be 3 or 4 definitely open to the right there could be more set further back from the beach by then. We won't really know until the next High Season starts or more information is received from Khao Lak.

For what it's worth the Beyond and JWM are 5* resorts, the La Flora is 4*. The 4* Ramada next door to the La Flora is an excellent resort and the 4* Sands on Nang Thong Beach an increasingly popular more recently opened resort.

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7. Re: Khao lak in April too quiet?

Thanks for all your info! Really helpful :)

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