Memories Beach - Khao Lak's Surfing Hotspot
About Memories Beach - Khao Lak's Surfing Hotspot
Khao Lak’s Memories Beach is stunning and popular among surfers. It has a unique shallow shoreline, ideal for building up waves. Located in the Pakarang Area,11km from Khao Lak Center, just South of Pakarang Beach and north of Khuk Khak Beach, Memories Beach is Thailand’s Motunui, giving off Moana’s vibes. Let’s have a look at the uniqueness of this increasingly popular beach.
Why is it called Memories Beach?
Memories Beach is named after the Memories Beach Bar which was established in 2009 after the owner’s family restaurant was destroyed during the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and was given the name “Memories” in tribute to all the lives lost in the Tsunami.
What sets apart Memories Beach from other beaches?
Memories Beach is not just stunning but also spacious, with fine-grained sand on its wide shore, making it perfect for all sorts of beach activities! At the Memories Beach Bar, there is a skatepark, surf shops, bars, restaurants, an ice cream stand and even a Muay Thai Boxing Ring right on the beach. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or prefer a more laid-back experience, there’s plenty of space for everyone at Memories Beach.
Memories Beach Atmosphere
The vibe at Memories Beach is nothing like other beaches. Here, you’ll find a dynamic blend of local and foreign surfers riding the waves, adults sipping drinks and dancing to music beats at the bar, and children making sand castles. The beach comes alive with a unique energy, creating a lively and inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy.
How to get to Memories Beach
Getting to Memories Beach is also part of the adventure. If you drive along Highway 4 from Khao Lak Center, take the first left after you pass the Wat Kom Nai Khet School. Follow the dirt road for 3km more. You will pass by the Elephant Home (definitely worth a stop!) and you will end up on Memories Beach.
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You can also get to Memories Beach from Pakarang Beach just by crossing the river at Apsara Beach Resort, separating the two beaches.
What are the beach activities?
Memories Beach is one of the top surfing spots in Thailand due to its decent, consistent waves and ideal conditions. Surf season starts with Monsoon, from April to November. You can also rely on surf forecasts to catch the perfect tides and wind.
With surfing101 lessons and hands-on practice available, it is an excellent spot, not only for seasoned surfers but also for beginners eager to catch their first waves and embark on an exciting surfing journey! You can get surf lessons with English-speaking instructors at Better Surf Thailand with the class starting from 1200 THB. You can also get private or group classes.
What about the surfboards? You can either rent it or even get your personalised surfboard. You can get the surfboards right at the beach from Salt Surf Cafe, RIPCURL or Pakarang Surf Shop. Renting costs around 500 THB per hour. You can also get surfboards, skateboards, and sportswear at The Board Factory
Not a fan of Surfing? You can try paddle boarding. Similar to surfing, you can buy or rent paddle boards and take lessons from the same stores at Memories Beach.
Memories Beach is also a place for Sk8ter-bois. Right by the beach, there’s a skate park, providing a nice opportunity to practice your kickflips and grinds. Grab a skateboard and get ready to roll.
The waves at Memories Beach are big enough for thrilling surfing adventures and yet small enough for a refreshing swim. It’s a unique blend for both surf enthusiasts and those looking for a leisurely dip in the Andaman Sea. The waves can be huge during the rainy season and there can be small jellyfish sometimes (at any beach in Khao Lak).
Muay Thai Boxing
By now you’ll understand there are tons of things to do at Memories Beach! Brace yourself for more excitement…there’s a boxing ring by Memories Muay Thai, where you can dive into the world of Thai Traditional Boxing, known as Muay Thai. Step into the ring, learn and experience the art of this incredible martial art right by the beach!
If you’re not a sporty person, no worries at all! Memories Beach’s wide shore has enough space for everyone. Whether you’re feeling tired from surfing or you just came to the beach with the sole purpose of relaxing, you can sit back, soak your legs in the sand, and enjoy the drinks, have a bite, or get some really good ice cream with the serene beauty around you.
Popular Places and Accommodation near the beach
Memories Beach Bar
Memories Beach Bar is the heart of the beach, stretching across the entire beachfront. When you sit there, it doesn’t feel like you’re at a regular bar; it feels like you’re right on the beach. Take a seat at a table, sink your feet into the sand, and enjoy freshly cooked dishes with soft or alcoholic drinks. You can also have Memories Beach Bar to arrange a private romantic dinner with your special person on Memories Beach. The bar also hosts fire displays and performances mainly in the high season. It’s a unique beachfront experience that adds to the charm of Memories Beach.
Rim Lay Restaurant
Get delicious foods and drinks at reasonable prices at Rim Lay Restaurant, in the south part of Memories Beach. Rim Lay is known for its fresh fruit juice and smoothies which you can enjoy on the sunbeds in tranquillity.
Apsara Beachfront Resort and Villa
- 4-star beachfront hotel facing Pakarang Beach, stretching out to Memories Beach with a bridge in between
- Prices ranging from 3600-25000 THB per night
- Beach pool
- kids’ room
- Massage and spa
- A selection of food variety
Elephant Home is a rehabilitation and retirement home for elephants, just on the way to Memories Beach. You can bathe, feed or play with these majestic creatures and create unforgettable moments together. The entrance fee is just 100 THB and you can pay for a fruit basket to feed the majestic giants.
Memories Beach is a sanctuary whether you’re seeking surfing adventure, tranquillity in the sunset, or lively vibes at Memories Beach Bar. This is where unforgettable moments and cherished experiences are made into memories.