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NANG THONG BEACH, CENTER OF KHAO LAK
Nang Thong Beach is the most popular beach of Khao Lak. It was once one of the first tourist coastal towns in this part of Thailand. The beach is in particular popular among families, couples and other peace seekers. Because Khao Lak with its lovely long stretched beaches is perfect for that, there is always a nice place to find something that meets your needs!
Golden beach with shady spots
The golden-yellow sandy beach of Nang Thong Beach is dotted here and there with rocks, which serve as a kind of natural decoration. Between the rocks, there is still more than enough space for swimming. Around the rocks, if the sea is calm, you can do a little snorkeling. The beach is lined with foliage and palm trees that provide nice shady spots. Prefer to relax in luxury? Along the beach of Nang Thong are sunbeds of luxury resorts where you will be completely pampered.
Romance on the beach
The southern part of Nang Tong Beach spills over into Sunset Beach, these two beaches are a popular spot for loving Thai couples. For a beach walk, Nang Tong Beach is very beautiful. From the beach you can see a small lighthouse, which provides that extra bit of romance in the evening. During the day, you can swim or walk there at low tide.
Sightseeing around Nang Thong Beach, what to do?
Nang Thong Beach is a very nice beach, so probably you will spend a lot of time right on the beach. But if you are ready for something else, there is more to do in the area.
Center of Khao Lak, La On Village
The shopping street near Nang Thong Beach is officially called La On Village and is considered the center of Khao Lak. Most restaurants, massage stores, stores, accommodations and travel agencies of Khao Lak are located here. These are often located along both sides of the wide main road, Phetchkasem Road. Phetchkasem Road is the main road that runs through all of Khao Lak and ends in Phuket after 80 km to the south.
Trip to Bang Niang Beach
Nang Thong Beach is located south of Bang Niang Beach, another popular beach in Khao Lak. You can reach this beach by a walk on the beach and a short ferry ride. The ferry is only needed at high tide because at low tide you can just walk on. A one way trip by ferry costs 20 baht per person.
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Spending the night luxury resorst at Nang Thong Beach
The accommodations directly on the beach are all luxury resorts and have at least 3 stars. Prices usually start in the high season around 100 euros per night per room. Cheaper accommodations are also available, but you will often have to walk a bit if you want to visit the beach. There are also hotels and hostels on the main road, these are a bit cheaper. Most restaurants, supermarkets and other stores are on the main road, so that’s a good thing. From the main road to the beach it is an average of ten minutes walk.
Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak
The Centara Seaview Resort, as its name suggests, is located on the beach of Nang Thong. The grounds are large and very well maintained. There are beautiful large swimming pools and plenty of activities for the children. The spacious rooms are clean and the Centara hotels are well known for their good service, also here in Khao Lak.
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Khaolak Laguna Resort
This beautiful 4-star resort is located in the south of Nang Tong on a beautiful stretch of beach in a kind of mini bay. There are two very large swimming pools overlooking the sea. The resort is called two bars and a very good restaurant. There is also a pleasant spa where you can book good massages. Khaolak Laguna Resort is a very good resort where you will be pampered by the neat and friendly staff.
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TUI BLUE Khao Lak Resort
At the end of December 2021, we slept at the TUI BLUE Khao Lak Resort for the first time. This adult only resort pleasantly surprised us thanks to the beautiful layout of the property, the quiet beachfront location and the friendly staff. If you’re looking for a few days of complete relaxation at Nang Thong Beach, this is the place to be,
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Accommodations near Nang Thong Beach
Khaolak Golden Place
The well-priced Khaolak Golden Place is a two-minute walk from the beach and a ten-minute walk to La On Village, the shopping street of Nang Thong Beach. A very good location! The rooms are very clean and at the hotel you can rent a scooter and even a car.
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The Leaf Oceanside by Katathani Resort
This resort is 100 meters away from Nang Thong Beach and in a ten minute walk you arrive in La On Village with its many shops and restaurants. The comfortable rooms at The Leaf Oceanside are modern and Thai decorated.The resort has a swimming pool and a beautifully maintained garden.
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Accommodations near the centre of Khao Lak
Khaolak C-Nior Bungalow
The bungalows are located on the outskirts of the city centre and Phetscahakem Road. A path takes you in 5 minutes to Nang Thong Beach. There is a small swimming pool and some rooms have direct access to the pool through the terrace. Other rooms have a balcony. Khao Lak C-Nior Bungalows has a good price-quality ratio.
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Rakkawan Residence is well located, 550 m from Nang Thong Beach and right in the centre of Khao Lak. The clean rooms in the modern building have comfortable beds. Family rooms are also available with two large double rooms. This accommodation has friendly and helpful staff.
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Good eats in Nang Thong
In the vicinity of Nang Thong are many good restaurants where you can eat and drink. The competition is fierce and you take advantage of that. The restaurants below have their good reputation to keep up and offer you different types of dishes, enjoy!
Qcumber is a cosy little restaurant with good fresh salads and fruit shakes with a creative touch. Contrary to what you might think, Qcumber is not a vegetarian restaurant, although of course vegetarian dishes are available. You can even make your own salad. TIP: In the morning you can also take cooking lessons there.
Gold Elephant Restaurant
Nice atmosphere, beautiful decor and also very good service. The dishes vary from Italian to Thai. The prices of this Gold Elephant Restaurant are slightly higher than the surrounding restaurants but that is more than worth it.
Mojo Thai Restaurant
Mojo Thai Restaurant is a popular restaurant in Khao Lak. Because of this there can sometimes be a queue. You can go there for good Thai and western dishes. For the children there are children’s menus, so Mojo also does well as a family restaurant. The decor is simple but cosy.
Peter Pan is a super popular Italian restaurant not only in Nang Thong Beach but throughout Khao Lak. Not for nothing, of course! All dishes are freshly prepared in the open kitchen and the pizzas come from our own stone oven. Recommended!
The Eighth Room by Mata Café
The Eighth Room is a modern and great café with an indoor and outdoor area. Here you can enjoy delicious (iced) coffees with extra toppings of your choice or a nice large pot of tea and cake. Feel free to sleep it off because you can enjoy different kinds of Thai and western breakfasts all day long. Your day starts well here!
The atmosphere at Spinach Restaurant is always good with a great service with regularly nice free extras for their guests. The dishes are delicious and nicely served by the friendly staff of this authentic Thai restaurant.
Good Thai food without too much embellishment where everything is made with passion and fresh ingredients. The dishes are affordable and tasty and the curries here are highly recommended! This restaurant does not use MSG (flavour enhancer).
Bussaba Thai Restaurant
The Bussaba Thai Restaurant stands out easily because they flambé the dishes in front of the door. So all you have to do is follow your nose. It is a nicely decorated restaurant where the prices are slightly higher than average. But the beautiful and tasty dishes will probably make you forget that quickly.
The restaurants, bars and accommodations selected by us are very well regarded. Nevertheless, it may be the case that the quality of the location deteriorates due to, for example, new management. A location can also close down. To keep Thailand Magazine as up to date as possible we would like to hear from you! If you have had a negative experience or have a own favourite spot in Thailand, please let us know by mail, Instagram or Facebook. Thanks!
Nightlife in Nang Thong Beach
In Nang Thong Beach, evenings do not usually consist of long nights of dancing. Although that is probably the case in a single bar. Some restaurants also have cocktails on the menu so you can linger in the evening. Still need something more? Take a look at nearby Bang Niang Beach.
Khaolak Monkey Bar
The Monkey Bar is a cosy and crowded bar in Khao Lak. The decor is really Thai and there are regular performances by good live bands. This in combination with delicious cocktails and the hospitable and entertaining staff guarantees a pleasant evening!
During the evening, the Happy Snapper restaurant turns into a cosy place for a drink with good music. The band Snapper Brothers then plays Soul, Funk, R n B, Reggae, Pop and Rock. In short, something for everyone. What we really like is that they support a local school with their bar and performances. For that reason alone, the Happy Snapper is worth a visit!
Do you want to know what the best things to do in Khao Lak are? Read our handy list of sights & activities in Khao Lak.