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Thap Lamu to Khao Lak

Ban Thap Lamu is an all-weather anchorage which makes a good coastal stopover on the way to the Similan or Surin Islands. It’s actually an enclosed river estuary, one used regularly by the Thai navy. On the eastern side is a small village and the Thai Navy base.

Only 90 minutes by regular bus service from Phuket Town, and 34 miles to the Similans by sea, it’s the closest shore base with facilities to the islands.

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Ban Thap Lamu and Khao Lak
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43 miles from Patong Bay

BAN THAP LAMU. 8°33.736N, 98°13.092E

When entering the estuary, keep well clear of the coral patch on the northwest side of Laem Ao Kham. The point has a light flashing every 4 seconds, but night entry is not recommended unless essential.

Pass well north of Laem Ao Kham on a heading due east towards a red buoy. This marks the beginning of a buoyed channel which turns south following the deep water close to the east coast of the headland.

Pass the Royal Thai Navy jetty (forbidden to yachts) to anchor in 6-9 metres in front of the village of Ban Thap Lamu or across the passage with the other yachts. There’s good holding in mud, with strong tidal currents in the passage running north and south.

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45 miles from Patong Bay

KHAO LAK BEACH. 8°39.041N, 98°14.375E

Approach from the west taking care to avoid the rocks around the headland and the isolated rock outcrops just to the north of the anchorage.

Anchor in 3-6 metres on a sand/mud bottom. This anchorage is well protected in the north east monsoon. A short dinghy ride ashore gives access to bungalow resorts and hotels.

The main road leads to Khao Lak National Park headquarters, the spectacular Lampee waterfall and the route south to Phuket.

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Lampee Waterfall, Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province
Lampee Waterfall, Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province | Photo by IMAGE asia

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