Khao Lak, Thailand
A coastal resort town north of Phuket, Khao Lak is a less crowded, family-friendly alternative to its more commercialised cousin. Expect pristine beaches, scenic waterfalls and relatively unspoilt nature parks with plenty of wildlife. FUN FOR THE FAMILY Adventureloving families will enjoy the fullday excursion to Khao Sok Safari – one of the highlights is cruising down the Sok river on inflatable canoes amid stunning views of limestone mountains and lush vegetation. Intrepid older kids will love riding elephants and trekking through the jungle. Visit the nearby Old Town (a half-hour’s drive away) and stroll through the local markets and riverside restaurants. ACCOMMODATION All Classic rooms in the Khao Lak Sunset Resort offer a great view of the sea; opt for a beach-access room if you wish to step onto the beach from your front door. PRICE From $2,100 for a threeday itinerary for two adults and two kids, which includes accommodation, breakfast and transfers from Phuket International Airport – about an hour’s drive from Khao Lak.
To maximise your budget, look to budget carriers like Air Asia, which offers economical fares to Phuket from $80 (all-in, one-way fare for each passenger; a fee is charged for infants).