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Khao Lak, Beaches and Adventures

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So, I'm visiting Khao Lak, along the coast, in low season, the rainy season, because it's cheap, and empty of tourists and ...well... because it's there.

There's a lot of erosion along this coast, and the sand next to the hotels is all washed away. You only have a beach at low tide, and since each hotel has built private access to the sand, at other times the sea is high and you cannot walk along the shore.

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A walk further North reveals beach bars and houses next to the sea, with heavy sea walls to protect them. A digger moves sand further up the beach, and piles of sand bags try to protect small sections of the beach. All futile. Nature will win.

This is not ideal, I search my GPS to see if it can find any nearby beaches and there is one, further South of Khao Lak town, a highly respected beach from the NOSTRE guidebook! I should have guessed from the lack of road markings that this was an out of date GPS location. The turnoff down a tiny road was narrow, and empty of cars, nobody goes here.

It isn't long before the GPS is trying to send my down a blocked off road, a gate closes off the section and behind the gate, an old destroyed house. It looks like the Tsunami wiped this beach away more than a decade ago.

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I headed on, found another dead end, and a dirt road, headed down the dirt road, past fishing boats, along the shoreline. It's really rough for a little minivan, the trucks have high clearance, and clear the middle easily, my minivan scraped the rough grass in the middle of the road all the time. I told myself the car was getting a massage and kept on.

I found the beach. It's not well kept, there is litter here, but its a find! And the finding something is the adventure.

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