Ric Parker comes from sunny Blackpool in the north of England. After 8 years working as a technical illustrator and graphic designer in Munich, Germany he moved and settled in Khao Lak. With over 8 years experience working as a scuba diving instructor he co-founded the Similan diving company Thailand Dive and Sail in 2009. During Khao Lak’s rainy season Ric keeps himself busy working for local web design company Khuk Khak Design.
I arrived in Thailand just over ten years ago. My plan was to complete my Divemaster course and work in the scuba diving industry at the Similan Islands. Little did I know at the time that my arrival in Thailand would always be marked by the Indian Ocean Tsunami, 26th December 2004.
Khao Lak is ideally located just one hour north of Phuket Island. For a beachside destination in southern Thailand it is by far one of the most easily accessible. There is no conflicting information like 'many roads lead to Khao Lak'. Only one road leads to Khao Lak, Highway 4 which runs from Bangkok in central Thailand all the way to the Malay boarder in the south. The ease in which you can reach Khao Lak, as well as being the gateway to the famous Similan Islands, is adding to the small town's popularity as a tourist destination.