Khao Lak, Thai­land

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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).

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