Tracing back to about 2,000 years ago, Takua Pa was an important port on the trade route of Malayan Peninsula, also called the silk pathway. The Indian and Persian merchants would anchor their shiploads of goods here and travel further on land from Takua Pa on the west to Ban Don of Surat Thani on the east. Luckily, many archaeological remains of the Indian culture still exist today such as the statue of Vishnu God, discovered in Kapong county, which is now kept at Thalang National Museum in Phuket.
Bang Sak Beach is situated in Bang Muang Subcounty off Phetkasem Highway at Km.75.
This national park is emerging as a new star appealing to those who love tranquility amidst the pristine nature. With an area of about 150 sq.km. covering four counties of Thai Muang, Kapong, Takua Pa and Muang, it boasts virgin forests with abundant flora and fauna and waterfalls. The cream of the park lies on Khao Lak Hill, 25 km. from Amphoe Takua Pa. The mountain is not only a border landmark of Takua Pa and Thai Muang counties, but also forms a scenic background for a serene long golden beach, which is an ideal place for relaxation and a nice viewpoint for watching the sunset.
Khao Lak Beach
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Khao Lak Beach
There is a pretty curve in the 10-km beach running parallel with Khao Lak Mountain. The beach is naturally decorated with granite boulders with an offshore coral reef suitable for snorkeling, about 40 minutes away by boat. Here is a nice viewpoint for an impressive panorama of the Andaman Sea. The sunset here forms a very spectacular scene and creates a romantic atmosphere.
Take Highway 4090 to enter Lamru Village, cross the Kapong canal, turn left and go ahead for 1 km. to reach a forest protection unit. Not far from here, you will find a 5-leap waterfall. The most impressive beauty lies in the fifth leap with a height of 30 meters. The trees are so thick that little sunlight is allowed through.
Ton Chong Fa is only 5 km. to the north of the park office. The 5-leap waterfall is set amid a quiet pristine forest with water flowing all year round.