Cape Pakarang near Khao Lak
an excellent drive if you wish to get off
the main roads and see quiet beaches and a
bit of back country without having to go far
from the main part of Khao Lak.
To get to
the peninsula, head north from Khao Lak on
the road to Takuapa. Drive about five
minutes until you see the white road marker
on your left with 22 on the top and 191 on
the bottom (these concrete markers are about
one meter high and whitewashed - they have
black letters). This means you are 22
kilometers south of Takuapa and 191 km from
Ranong. Just a 3-400 metes after this take
the paved road left.
that point follow the paved road for about
3.4 km to the T-junction. Turn right at the
T-junction and the cape point is just 1.2 km
down the road.
the way you see dramatic coconut groves and
depending on the time of year - an
interesting selection of birds. Kingfishers
are always around though - so keep an eye on
the power lines and trees along the edge of
the road. The views from the point are
astounding. You'll have an almost 270
degree view of the sea and beaches.
To east from the cape
point - if you look down the beach - are the
Sarojin, Similana, LeMeridien, and Royal
Bangsak Resorts - farther to the north a bit
will be the Haadson Resort.
When you head back to the
T-junction you see the Palm Galleria just to
the east of the junction and along the road
there heading south (continue straight at
the junction) you will find the Tacola
(sometimes spelled Takoka) and farther south
a couple new resorts including the Apsaras
See the Cape Pakarang
Restaurants page for great places to eat
while you are out this way.
Don't worry about getting
lost out here. Every road, if not a
dead end, eventually heads out to the main