Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak-Lam Ru National Park
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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand50,428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We drove to Khao Lak National Park. We paid 30 Baht to enter with our rental car. We are seniors. The beach offers good views. The walk way is nice. The Thai restaurant in the park also offers good views and good Thai foods.
Written March 7, 2024
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Jonathan S
Liverpool, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Khao lak lam ru national park is a huge park, but lots of it is inaccessible. There are loads of waterfalls and nature paths but with different starting locations. If you want to visit different places in the national park make sure to keep your ticket.
Written January 4, 2020
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Gaby
Türkiye23 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Very dangerous walk. Please be careful there are no signs, no clear path and the walks route are very dangerous especially without trekking shoes. If you have mobility issues is not for you as it is very slippery. Thai authority don't give any warning.
Written March 7, 2023
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Marie Claude
Dreieich, Germany100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Such a beautiful beach. You can either walk the nature trail, or there is also another parking spot closer to the beach, from you where you only walk 10 minutes. The beach has snacks, drinks, a shower and toilets. Perfect for a beautiful day at the beach
Written February 12, 2020
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FredGR
Zurich, Switzerland85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Well here is What i was Looking for before going there But Could not figure out.

We are a young family youngest 3 month, 2,5 years and wife and myself.

So first questions taking toddlers, Pram or no pram and how hard is this nature trail.

Coming from Khao Lak, there is 2 entrances to the national park. First one is called headquarters and will take you directly to the restaurant, from the restaurant it is safe to say that if you are planning on transporting your toddler in a pram forget about it. We packed the little one in a sling and I carried the oldest in my back pack and the pram in my hand. That works but does require that you are used to jungle or let’s say challenging footing. Remember water, and bug spray. The trail is around 40 minutes long for a little family as mine and have a nice viewing point and loads of beautiful scenery and some big trees.

Second entry to the park is a bit further up the road and is normally just called little sandy beach. This is pram “friendly” meaning we had the little Viking in the pram the full time but had to carry the pram 3 times, last time is over a small bamboo bridge. But works really well. The trail is fairly fast and brings you to a awesome beach with white sand, toilets, some ok snorkeling by each side by the rocks and a small stand selling cold drinks and ice cream. There is plenty of shade to be had and it is a little paradise on earth.

Expect taxi from Khao Lak to be around 250 bath,

We actually started on the the easy pram access to the beach used some hours on the beach and then backed the nature trail and went to the restaurant which have awesome fish, built on wooden beams overlooking the jungle and bay. After lunch the called for a taxi for us. So all in all logistics rock.

Just to be clear. We did it as a loop. Little white sandy beach access from road, pram friendly jungle trail, bridge, beach, follow the beach to the right, nature trail, restaurant.

On shoes, I do recommend closed shoes with good grip. But I all depends on your experience with toddlers like mine and carrying a child on your back, trail running shoes is the safest. So leave your flip flops at home.

Access to park, beach and some little waterfall which is far far away from this area is 200 bath for adults and kids below 3 are free.

I highly recommend it to everyone looking for an awesome beach with few people, ok snorkeling and a great short jungle experience

Written March 31, 2018
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Jen M
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
Myself and my boyfriend went on this trek this morning. We are staying not far from there and took a taxi to the national park for 150baht. We left at 8.30am to avoid the heat and crowds. We paid 200baht each into the park.

I was expecting the trail to be a lot worse/harder than it is after reading reviews. It's not that bad at all. You definitely need a good pair of closed in shoes, as the track is rough and uneven. There are parts where you have to climb over small tree roots, definitely very do-able. Some of it is uphill, some down hill, it's a nice mix, but it's not hard, trust me, as my fitness levels (particularly in this heat) aren't great! It's only about 1km and we stopped often for photos at viewpoints etc so took us about an hour in total. It's mostly in the shade but I can imagine that it gets humid during the day.

The park itself is beautiful, it's a real adventure. Lots of birds, lizards and wildlife hopping about the place. The tree roots that you have to sometimes step over are amazing. So unusual. Lots of bamboos, which I loved.

The viewpoints, particularly, I think it was the first or second one, was AMAZING! I will admit that the steps down to this viewpoint are steep, and may be tricky if you have mobility issues but otherwise they weren't a problem and there is a rope to help yourself up and down.

When you arrive at the beach, it is spectacular. There was only one couple there getting their wedding photos taken when we arrived (beautiful place for wedding photos!). The sand is so white and clean and the water is so clear and almost still. My boyfriend did some successful snorkelling around the rocks which he was delighted with as he hasn't been able to see anything while snorkelling on other beaches in khao lak.

There is a hut selling drinks there, not sure of price as we didn't buy anything. There are also toilets, I will admit they're not the fanciest toilets I've been at, but they're not the worst either! There is an outside shower to rinse off sand etc. with so that was nice.

We stayed for a couple of hours and it gradually got busier while we were there, but all in all, still only 20-30 people there. There are places to sit in the shade also as lots of trees for those that don't like direct sun.

We walked back the shorter path back to the main road. This is about 400 metres, to be honest I almost found this tougher than the nature trek as it is more uphill! But it's very short. There were plenty of taxis at top of road when we got there, and again cost us 150baht back to our hotel (Moracea).

I have to say I really, really enjoyed our morning. I was so glad we did it, particularly as it was so near. I would imagine that kids would love the adventure aspect of it. It was definitely worth the 200baht each, which is only about €5 each, nothing really, for a good few hours enjoyment! I would totally visit again if I'm ever back in khao lak.

Written April 1, 2016
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MattHardieNZ
Christchurch, New Zealand21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
There are two different sections of the park which we visited on different days. The lower part of the park where the HQ is located has a coastal walk which descends down to a lovely beach called 'Small Sandy Beach'. We went for a swim here and it was nice. The walk IMO is of average difficulty. We saw numerous lizards and a large monitor which was cool. The upper part of the park is about 5km north of the HQ inland from Bang Niang and features the Ton Chong Fa waterfalls. We also visited Lam Pi and Sai Rang waterfalls and Ton Chong Fa was the best of them all. We had the place literally to ourselves. There are numerous terraces which start about a km up the road from the last parking spot. There is also a good swimming hole about 500m up from parking. The walk up to the top terrace is quiet step at places and a good level of fitness is needed. Every terrace is different and two of them you can swim in. Cost is 100THB per person per day.
Written May 22, 2014
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84Explorer
London, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
We visited KhaoLak for our honeymoon and did a half day elephant bathing and lunch trip. The gentle giants walk you through the park taking their time depending on the heat. Our beautiful elephant Bung was playful and took opportunities to stop beneath trees for shade en route picking palm leaves waving them around playfully as we travelled to the lake. When we arrived at the lake, the elephants strode in to cool down. We climbed on Bung's back and he seemed to take great pleasure in squirting us with water and cropping us into the lake several times! We rode on the elephant back to camp and fed him bananas to say thank you, after which he played the harmonica and gave us a bow!

I can say that during this experience, Bung was not hit or harmed, his owner seemed to just shout commands. He genuinely seemed as though he was happy. We did another experience like this in Khao Sok where the elephants were abused, so if you are faced with an option, please visit the Khao Lak elephants rather than the Khao Sok elephants.
Written April 30, 2014
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Rich T
Leeds, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
I have done a lot of travelling around South East Asia and been to Thailand many times. Usually when heading out that way from the UK we stop in Bangkok for a couple of nights. This time, however, we stopped in Kuala Lumpar before flying in to Phuket for our onward journey to Khao Lak - KL is a lot different to Bangkok, not as hectic, a lot cleaner and there are plenty of things to see and do..

We stayed at the Marriot in Khao Lak, a very nice hotel indeed and I would definitely recommend staying there if you get the chance.

Compared to Samui and some of the other more well known resorts you may find in Thailand there is not an awful lot of action here. That being said, get on a scooter and make your own adventure by exploring some of the parks, waterfalls etc..

For me, and having been to Thailand half a dozen times, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines etc the day trip to Khao Lak Lam Ru National park was spectacular and a must see in my opinion. I have not seen scenery quite like it and given I have been to some far flung places that is not an understatement. We got a canoe and just drifted down the river - it was quite overwhelming really.

I would recommend anyone to go, but not so sure I would go back to Khao Lak in a hurry. Unfortunately given the time of year we went we didn't manage to get to the Simikan Islands but they do look very impressive.
Written July 29, 2017
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thinkchocolate
London50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
The location of where I am staying in Khao Lak is but a small stone throw away from Lam Ru National Park. So off I went and I was not disappointed. Setting off early I took a 5-8min taxi ride and paid my 200TB for entrance. You receive a map and off you go on your way. Initially I asked for a guide but the woman reassured me I did not need one. The route is totally breathtaking, stunning scenery and just a once in a lifetime trek. I went solo and just took it all in my stride.

Advice - do not wear flip flops, trainers or crocs are ideal as some parts are slippery and you have to navigate yourself on the trek and flip flops will not help. As you trek along try and take in the nature and beauty, take water as the humidity is intense! Once you arrive at the beach, the walk took me approximately 30-45mins its just beautiful. Only five people were there in total, not sure if it gets busy the later you go. The park closes at 4.30pm so going early is advised. Once you have enjoyed your time at the beach you can trek further to come out earlier or trek back the other way.

You will not regret going I had a totally awesome time, highly recommend if you are near or not too far from the area. I arranged for the same taxi to pick me up after, which if you get to know your driver they are very agreeable to coming back for you.

Lam Ru National Park will be forever etched in my mind.
Written September 13, 2016
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