Monday, 26 March 2012

Lam Kaen

Lam Kaen is a great beach. It combines all the peace and quiet that Khao Lak is famed for, and yet it is just a few kilometers south from the center of Khao Lak – Bang La On.

Lam Kaen is a great stretch of golden sand beach just south of Thap Lamu Pier. This is the place where all the boats come and go that do the tours of the Similan Islands. If you have a motorbike it takes just a few minutes to ride north up the Petkasem Road to the main shopping and bar area.

It is thus surprising that Lamkaen is not busier and more developed. Instead there are just a few places to stay. The most famous of which is the Khaolak Diamond Resort and Spa. It’s a big resort with air-con rooms, a spa and a communal pool. Room prices at the Khao Lak Diamond Resort and Spa start at 2,250 THB a night.

There’s little night life at Lam Kaen, but you can find a few cheap local restaurants and mum and pop shops selling basic necessities.

During the wet season or ‘green season’ there are waves that you can surf in Lam Kaen. The waves are at their biggest between March and May, when they sometimes reach 10 feet.

In the Lam Kaen you can visit temples or try the nearby ‘Navy Golf Course’. There is also the Baan Tha Din Daeng Tourism Community at Lam Kaen (Address: Moo 4, Tambon Lam Kaen, Thai Muang, Phang-nga 82120. Tel: 084-991-1529) They offer various eco-tourism activities that include swimming in the Nayak mountain area; visiting a hydroponic vegetable plantation; going to an old tin mine site; visiting a white snapper fish farm; longtail boat trips to see a mangrove forest; community forest planting; batik workshop; and rubber tapping. The villagers of Tha Din Daeng are trying to create an environmentally-friendly farming and agricultural community.

As you can see there is a diverse selection of things to do in and around Lam Kaen.

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