Khao Lak Wired is a guide to the best of Khao Lak and its surrounding area. The online magazine is written by locals and expats who have settled in Khao Lak. We provide readers with interesting features and practical information for tourists visiting Khao Lak.
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Dr. Jeerawat Kaewruechai or Dr Sam as he is more commonly known, runs the Khao Lak Vet Clinic. Dr Sam takes care of Khao Lak's sick or injured pets and livestock for his living. In his free time, when he has finished taking care of everyone's beloved cats and dogs he likes nothing more than to take care of Khao Lak's unloved, unwanted cats and dogs.
As Khao Lak's high season comes to an end the local weather and climate remains very reminiscent of the high season. The latter half of May and early June are usually unpredictable times as the monsoon winds change direction, bringing with it heavy rain often with thunder storms. As Khao Lak becomes quieter and quieter we are still enjoying plenty of days of sunshine, blue skies and a scattering of high, white fluffy clouds. It has also been incredibly hot. With the rainy season holding off, Thailand's hot season continues in Khao Lak.
In Gallery is the dream of Thai artist Inplaeng Fansai. The gallery came to life two years ago when he moved from Krabi to Khao Lak to achieve his dream. Inplaneg or In as everyone calls him, is originally for the north of Thailand, Nong Khai and learnt to paint while living and working on Koh Samui. In hasn’t gone to university but instead, with a passion to paint, learnt from experience and is now a very accomplished artist with a number of exhibitions already under his belt.
The Sparrow Bar in Bang Niang is one of Khao Lak's most up and coming live music venues. A great place to enjoy a cold beer or exotic cocktail whilst getting down to a heady mix of classic rock, dance anthems, Thai rock and of course some tropical reggae. All to this to a backdrop of pirates, shipwrecks, pirates, revelry and superb Thai hospitality.
Thailand's Vegetarian Festival is celebrated all around the Khao Lak area. Many of the local community participate in the festival. Towards the end of September 2014 it will be common to see a lot of residents dressed in white, as is customary during the Vegetarian Festival. Around town the Mah Song (devotees who invite the god’s spirits to possess their bodies) will be leading prossessions and calling to bless houses where offerings are made.
Situated with minimal impact on the forest, Prathong Nature Resort left the natural coastal forest of casuarina and coconut trees standing and built 6 all-natural bungalows just a few minutes nature walk away from the warm, sparkling, azure waters and golden, sandy beaches of the Andaman Sea.
One of the best things about visiting Khao Lak is vast array of delicious Thai cuisine on offer. Traditional Thai dishes from every corner of the country are readily available all over town. Absorbed in the spicy, fragrant, sweet or sour local food you probably won’t be missing home much. But what do you do if you do get a craving for some decent home cooked food?
The second half of July saw some glorious weather in Khao Lak. There were of course a few scattered showers and one or two rainy days but all in all nowhere near the predicted rainfall for the month. As we headed into the second half of July there was a flurry of activity on various social media sites warning of a huge storm that would hit most of southern Thailand. We were warned to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst in Khao Lak. Apart from a few scattered rain showers in the mornings the weather remained dry with plenty of sunny spells in the afternoons, the big storm deciding to stay clear of Phang Nga Province.
‘Tis the season for Rambutan, one of the natural and healthy delights of the Southern Thailand rainy season. The ripe clusters of red, spiky ovals bow the branches of a 10 -30 meter high evergreen tree, nephelium lappacaeum. Exotic to those of more northerly climes, this fruit is as common to tropical South-East Asia as is the apple in Europe or the N. America.
Marvel at the abundant wildlife of the mangrove forests from our modern, luxurious speedboat on the way to Koh Prathong. Enjoy unspoilt nature and witness the cultural richness of local life as you journey through scrub forest, traditional fishermen villages and the turtle nursery. Whilst on Koh Prathong you will enjoy an exciting ride on a Tak Tak Car through seldom seen scenic vistas of Thailand, the ‘Thailand’ Savannah and Melaleuca forests.