Khao Lak is a resort town in Phang Nga province on the western Andaman Sea coastline of southern Thailand, about 100 km north of Phuket Town. It has since made an impressive recovery despite many hardships along the way, and is once again a popular tourist destination. Khaolak is named after the national park (Khao Lak-Lam Ru).
The park was declared a national park in August 1991. It occupies a vast area of 150 sq.km and covers Amphoe Thai Muang, Amphoe Kapong, Amphoe Takua Pa and Amphoe Muang. Khao Lak is becoming increasingly popular, is easy to reach, althogh not overdeveloped yet. It is something like Phuket's past 20 years.
You can walk northward along the sand for many kilometres, almost as far as Bang Sak beach. It is a popular departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan and Surin Islands. The park is home to one of the most famous dive sites in the world, Richelieu Rock, which is commonly referred to one as one of the ten best dive spots in the world.
The remote rock is home to some of the largest marine life species in Thailand. Sightings of Whale Shark, Manta Ray and sharks are common. In addition the islands feature pristine reefs, making it home to some of the best diving and snorkeling in Thailand.