Aside from diving and snorkelling trips, there are several other attractions within day-tripping distance of Khao Lak, including a number of local waterfalls. Of these, Sai Rung (Rainbow Falls), about 16km north of Nang Thong in Bang Sak, is the most satisfying. Others include Tong Pling, across from the Merlin resort in Khao Lak; Nam Tok Lumphi, about 20km south of Khao Lak; and Chong Fah Falls, located less than 5km east of Bang Niang, but subject to a B100 entry fee because it’s part of Khao Lak–Lam Ru National Park. The national park’s headquarters is on the headland between Nang Thong and Khao Lak beaches, and about 1km south of it, you can easily walk down to a quiet, pretty sandy cove – look for a sign saying “small sandy beach” on the west side of the main road, opposite a layby.

Everyday 2 Restaurant

Morning Thai cooking courses, including pick-ups.

The Green Biking Club

Runs interesting guided mountain-bike trips around rural and coastal Khao Lak.

Khao Lak Land Discovery

One of the best and most reputable, though not the cheapest, local tour operators, whose day-trips include elephant-riding, kayaking around Ao Phang Nga and trekking, canoeing and elephant-riding in Khao Sok National Park.

The Yoga Studio

High-season yoga classes – see the website for the schedule.

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