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Khao Lak, Daylife and Nightlife

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Rainy season is low season in Khao Lak and that makes it cheap. But it also means there's a lot of fresh water pools, and a lot of mosquitoes around in the jungles. I decided against doing the waterfalls and nature trails right now, instead heading for the Navy Base.

There are two things to do on the Khaolak Navy Base, the "Turtle Hatchery", where they breed and release 4 types of turtle, and nurse sick adult turtles back to health, and the golf. A full sized well equipped golf course.

The soldiers guarding the entrance can seem intimidating, but don't worry. When you arrive at the Navy Base, park at the entrance, go the office at the left and swap your id card (or passport) for a gate pass, then drive onto the base showing the pass to the guards. If you go as part of a tour, this is all taken care of for you. When you leave don't forget to get back your ID or passport and hand back the pass!

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I went to the turtle hatchery, so that baby Pang could see the giant turtles. Visited the cafe and had a "Turtle Sanctuary Coffee", and a walk to the beach next door. This is cheap, for foreigners its only 60 baht/person.

After that, we headed off to the "Khaolak Maze and Mini Golf", the turnoff for this is easy to miss, and quite honestly if you missed it, you wouldn't miss much. The mini golf is ok, the maze is small and very easy to get through, but the whole thing is way overpriced. Even with a discount, we paid 500 baht each.

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Nightlife in Khaolak town is restaurants and bars, and a long street market that runs parallel to the town. In high season lots of the bars have live music, at low seasons its quieter. I bag a pair of novelty shoes for the bay, and have a pizza in town.

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