The name KhaoLak literally means lak mountain . Lak mountain is one of the main peaks in the hilly small mountainous region (maximum height 1,050 meters) within the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park. It has now simply come to be known as ‘the mountain beside the sea’. There is a shrine of Chao Pho Khao Lak dedicated to the wizard of the mountain.
Hat Khao Lak ( KhaoLak Beach ) is an exceptionally pretty and long (several kilometers) stretch of pristine sand picturesquely studded with granite boulders. It actually comprises of three individual beaches, and at the far northern end there is a network of sandy beach trails, some of which lead to completely deserted stretches.
The Khaolak coast is set against a background of casuarina pines, which in turn give way to lush green palm groves, interspersed with lakes, and rubber & coco plantations.
Partly encompassing Hat Khao Lak, the forested hills of Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park tower over the natural coastal beauty. This 125 sq km National Park is a lovely collection of sea cliffs, hills, beaches, and evergreen forest. Several other land based National Parks (and also two Marine Parks) can be reached from Khao Lak.