Khao Lak is a region in the Takua Pa District of Phang Nga Province popular for seaside secluded coastal resorts and well known for its serene ambiance and long open uncrowded beaches. Many tourists use this area as departure point for liveaboard scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands. Located approximately 60 kilometers north of the island of Phuket along Phetkasem Road, (Thai Route 4), Khao Lak is serviced regularly by bus and taxi services. Phuket International Airport is just 74 kilometers south. Khao Lak is highly tourist-dependent although there is a strong presence of fruit agriculture and commercial fishing.