Koh Kho Khao Daytrip from Khao Lak
This is an enjoyable day trip to Koh Kho Khao from Khao Lak or even Phuket: plan to take at least four hours as you may want to stop at the Baan Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial along the way – and you can easily spend six or more hours if you stop and enjoy a local restaurant and really give the island a look over.
Kho Khao Island is a relatively undiscovered paradise and very worth a visit.
Head north from Khao Lak towards Takuapa and turn left after the #82 kilometer stone. If you get to #83 – you went too far. Follow a somewhat winding main road to the ferry area. The ferry runs from about 7am to 6pm – if you are in a car leave enough time to make sure you get back or you will be stranded on the island overnight. If you are on a motorbike there are long tail boats at the dock that will take you across the bay.
The ferry costs B120 for cars and B20 for motorbikes – but the prices seem to vary from time to time so be prepared to pay a bit more (probably in high season) and be happy if you get to pay a bit less. Prices are probably higher since we were last there, so be flexible.
Once on the island there is a long road that runs south to north – quite devoid of traffic – and you can journey the full length of the island from this road. Head down the roads that go west from that road and you will generally head to beaches and one of the resorts in the area. Those roads are usually paved. The roads to the right head into the countryside and small villages and are usually dirt and can be rough.
Keep your eyes open for interesting bird life on the power lines – lots of kingfishers especially – and iguanas sunning themselves on the road. Or vice versa!
Drive to the far north of the island to find an old Japanese airstrip – used during WWII – that is scheduled to become a local airport.
Take your time and enjoy the solitude of this area! Consider staying on the island some time, if you don’t mind a very relaxed and quiet time. You’ll find resort prices here to usually be less than in the Khao Lak area.
These beautiful beaches can be yours alone!
Print out the Map of Koh Kho Khao to take with you and help you find your way around.