Khao Lak (Thai: เขาหลัก) is a resort beach in Thailand, located 80 km north of Phuket International Airport in Takua Pa district, Phang Nga province and popular as a departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands. Thai (th ภาษาไทย, transcription: phasa thai, transliteration:; pʰāːsǎːtʰāj is the national and The Kingdom of Thailand (ˈtaɪlænd ราชอาณาจักรไทย, râːtɕʰa-ʔaːnaːtɕɑ̀k-tʰɑj Phuket (ภูเก็ต pʰuːkɛt formerly known as Tha-Laang or Talang, or Junk Ceylon in Western sources a distortion of the Malay Tanjung Takua Pa (ตะกั่วป่า is a district ( Amphoe) in the province Phang Nga in the south of Thailand. Phang Nga (พังงา is one of the southern provinces ( changwat) of Thailand, on the shore to the Andaman Sea. Scuba diving is swimming underwater, or taking part in another activity while using a Scuba set. The Similan Islands (เกาะสิมิลัน is a group of Islands in the Andaman Sea off the Coast of Phang Nga Province, southern
The pristine coastline is synonymous with beauty. Nearby rubber and palm plantations dot the coastal region and most nearby inland areas. The major national Highway 4 runs north and south and mostly parallel to the coastline. Khao Lak is a thriving tourist destination for backpackers, up-scale tourists, adventure tourists and seasoned scuba enthusiasts. Local peoples are mostly Thai often with some Chinese ancestry. The diversity of ethnic groups and cultural influences within and surrounding Khao Lak makes this region rich in agricultural, fishing and dry good products. Tourism is Khao Lak's revenue generating entity, becoming Thailand's most popular jumping-off point for the world renowned Similan Islands. The Similan Islands (เกาะสิมิลัน is a group of Islands in the Andaman Sea off the Coast of Phang Nga Province, southern
The local economy in the town is based on the tourist hotels, local shops and restaurants, and the diving trade. Most of the foreign tourists are European, many from Scandinavia, Germany and the United Kingdom. Terminology and usage As a cultural term "Scandinavia" has no official definition and is subject to usage by those who identify with the culture in question as well Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The wider area produces some rubber and palm oil; there is also a small amount of subsistence agriculture. Subsistence agriculture is self-sufficient farming in which farmers grow only enough food to feed the family and to pay taxes or feudal dues
Following the tsunami of December 2004 (see below) the local economy was ruined as it was in nearly all coastal towns hit by the devastating wave. It is estimated that 60 percent of the resorts were mid-construction, with nearly 4,000 rooms already available. Most coastal resorts were either heavily damaged or completely demolished, resulting in a great loss of life and major blow to the local tourist economy. At the time of the tsunami, Khao Lak was Thailand's fastest growing tourist destination.
December 2007 has marked the third anniversary of the tsunami and Khao Lak's economy has nearly bounced back. Most of the coastal resorts have completed their reconstruction or repairs and the tourism has flourished. In some respects its better than pre-tsunami days. Nearly all volunteers have moved on to other parts of the world to render aid as Khao Lak locals pick up the remaining pieces, pulling their community back together. Seaside and inland resorts are indicating full bookings during high seasonal months of November to March. Though some prices have risen to reasonable and pre-tsunami rates, Khao Lak is still a bargain compared to other regions of Thailand and Southeast Asia. Where Phuket is a destination for most, Khao Lak is experiencing the traveler that wants more secluded beaches, quiet nights and family oriented activities. Phuket (ภูเก็ต pʰuːkɛt formerly known as Tha-Laang or Talang, or Junk Ceylon in Western sources a distortion of the Malay Tanjung Hotels and bungalows range from $15USD to $700USD per night depending on your budget. Inexpensive bungalows generally feature meager amenities, whereas the 5-Star resorts such as Le Meridien, Ramada or Sarojin Resorts boast first-class amenities. There seems to be something for everyone's budget.
Khao Lak was one of the areas of Thailand hardest hit by the tsunami resulting from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. A tsunami ((tsuːˈnɑːmi is a series of waves created when The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea Earthquake that occurred at 005853 UTC on December 26 2004 with an Epicentre off the west coast of Many people died including many foreign tourists. Tourism is Travel for Recreational or Leisure purposes The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel The final death toll was over 4000, with local unofficial estimates topping 10,000 due to the lack of accurate censuses and the mere fact that the Burmese population was not recognized as residents. This confict between the official death toll and the actual loss of life will forever be debated.
Most of the coastal landscape i. e. beaches, resorts and vegetation was completely stripped back by the power of the tsunami. Some replanting programmes have been initiated and a great deal has been accomplished in the rejuvenation of surrounding foilage. Studies suggesting that coastal vegetation may have helped buffer the effects of the waves have ensured that replanting and maintenance of the coastal vegetation have become a priority in the reconstruction of the landscape.
Among the casualties were Bhumi Jensen, grandson of the King of Thailand, Dr Ketsiri Kueseng, the Thai UNESCO-L’ORÉAL 2005 Fellow , well-known Finnish musician and TV-host Aki Sirkesalo and his family. Finnish musician Aki Sirkesalo (b July 25, 1962 in Toijala, Finland &ndash d Almost four years old at the time, a young girl was swept away at Khao Lak and remains the subject of a media-covered intensive search despite being formally identified in August 2005 as a victim. The disappearance of Solitaire Meissmer involved a wide-spread and much-publicised search between 2004 and 2006 in the Thai province of Phang Nga in north Phuket
A memorial to the tsunami victims was being planned there, but has been been suspended due to questionable accounting practices.
The district Takua Pa is subdivided into 8 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 51 villages (muban). Takua Pa (ตะกั่วป่า is a district ( Amphoe) in the province Phang Nga in the south of Thailand. Tambon (ตำบล is a local government unit in Thailand. Below District ( Amphoe) and Province ( Changwat Muban (หมู่บ้าน is the lowest administrative subdivision of Thailand. Takua Pa itself has town (thesaban mueang) status and covers the complete tambon Takua Pa. Thesaban (เทศบาล are the municipalities in Thailand. There are 6 tambon administrative organizations TAO - tambon Takua Pa is administrated by the town council, and Tam Tua by a neighboring TAO. Khao Lak is a village within the Khuekkhak subdistrict.