Driving the Hot Springs Loop near Khao Lak
has some of the most interesting and
beautiful beaches in Thailand - and they are
quite often deserted - for you alone!
minutes south of Khao Lak - on highway 4 -
is the village of Khok Kloi (you will also
see signs that say Khook Kloy and other
variations - so stay
main intersection in the town there is a
police box - and also at the corner is a
sign to the Hot Springs Resort. Take that
the road for about 4.5 km to the turn off
for the Hot Springs Resort. Take that road
in and follow the beaches all the way to the
resort (several km). You will pass the
beach in the picture above - and it runs for
many kilometers. The countryside in this
area is also beautiful and grown in with
palm trees and other vegetation.
be tempted to follow the road past the Hot
Springs Resort - and it is a nice drive -
but it will dead end into a bad dirt road.
Enjoy it - but don't expect it to go
come back out to the loop road from the
resort - turn right and follow the road all
way back to highway 4 (5.5 km). Along this
stretch of road you will again find more
long beaches - and a few new resorts. You
will even see a development of what are US$1-2-3 million++ homes.
Something we can all aspire to - a nice
villa right on the beach.
get back out on the main road (it will be
obvious) - turn left to head north to Khao
this drive - it takes about two hours if you
go at a relaxed pace and stop to take
pictures of the area.