How to get to Khao Lak ?

Many customer ask me how to get to khao Lak!!

Well you have a few solution to come to Khao Lak and join us in time for your scuba diving holidays.

How to travel to Khao Lak

Getting to Khao Lak By Plane

The easiest way to get to Khao Lak is to fly into Phuket (closest way) or Krabi. Then you can take a taxi or bus to Khao Lak from there. Both airports serve both international and domestic destinations.

Phuket airport to Khao Lak by taxi costs around 1,100-1,800 THB, depends on how many people and where in Khao Lak you want to be dropped off. If you think this is too expensive and rather take a bus, you will have to get to the main road about 5 km from the airport on Highway number 4 and wait on the side of the road for a red bus to pass by. For a bus, take one heading towards Takuapa, Ranong or Surat Thani; they all stop in Khao Lak on your request or wherever on the road you indicate.

From Phuket airport to Khao Lak is about 100 km (approximately 1.5 hour by car or 2.5 hours by bus).

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For Bus there is no direct bus, so you will need to get to the main road about 3km from airport, or take a bus to Phuket town, then change to Khao Lak (Will take 3 h +) fares vary from 80-120 THB; some are air-conditioned, some are not.

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Getting to Khao Lak By Train

Surat Thani is the nearest train station. If you are taking a train from Bangkok, it will take about 12 hours so an express night coach is recommend, you can take either Air-conditioned first class or second class (maybe you get a good sleep!).

However, taking a train can be a bit inconvenience because once you arrive Surat Thani, you will have to take a bus from the train station to Khao Lak, which takes another 4 hours. The bus fare to Khao Lak should be no more than 300 THB.

See the state railway website for train schedule and prices at Thai Rail Way

Getting to Khao Lak By Bus

One of the easiest ways to get to Khao Lak is taking a bus. No buses have Khao Lak as their starting or ending point; but they will pass through and you can stop here. If you take a bus from Bangkok, Chumphon, Phuket, Ranong, or Surat Thani, they all come through Khao Lak.

Most of the buses stops at Nangtong Supermarket located right in Khao Lak center and a few express buses stop at the BKS (Baw Kaw Saw) Bus Terminal only. BKS is a small terminal located near the fresh market in Khuk Khak (about 10 mins drive to Khao Lak Center).

If you are travelling from Bangkok, you can take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal (“Sai Tai Mai” in Thai). It normally departs around 19:30 PM and takes about 11-12 hours. The price is about 970 THB for VIP 24 seats bus. Please check for prices and schedule at 1StopBangkok

Buses departing from Chumphon to Phuket it’s a 5 – 6 hours journey to arrive in Khao Lak and will stop opposite Nang Thong Supermarket. Bus fare from Chumphon is around 270 THB.
From the bus station in Phuket, take a bus towards Takuapa, Ranong or Surat Thani. Tickets cost around 90 THB and it takes about 2.5 hours to Khao Lak.

Departure time at 06:30, 09:00, 11:40, 13:00, 15:40, 16:20, 17:00, 17:50.
From Krabi, there is a daily minibus to Khao Lak. All travel agents in Krabi sell tickets.
Buses departing Khao Lak are available near Nang Thong supermarket or at BKS bus station in Khuk Khak.

From Bangkok:

-flight from Bangkok to Phuket then we can arrange you a taxi  who will meet you at the airport with a sign at your name and transfer you to your Khao Lak accommodation . We can arrange your taxi and accommodation to make your holidays easy and smooth!!

PS: You can take the bus from the main road near Phuket airport but it s not worth it as it s a long and slow way you don t want to take after flying here.

-Bus from Bangkok to Khao Lak, you can book a night bus or day bus from Bangkok to Khao Lak Center, it takes about 11h… Cheap but slow.

-From Koh Tao or Koh Samui, take the ferry to Surrathani then a bus (4h) from Surrathani to Khao Lak.

– From Phuket Town, by taxi or Bus, depending on your budget and timing.

Hope this will help you find your way to Khao Lak!!!

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Khao Lak General information

Khao Lak is a region of seaside resorts in Phang-nga province located about 100 kilometers north of Phuket. Khao Lak has made an amazing recovery from the 2004 Tsunami, and is once again a popular holiday destination.

Khao Lak is becoming more popular among European tourists as it is quiet, easy to reach, and not overdeveloped. Because Khao Lak area was declared as a national park and the laws preventing high rise buildings, the development has been well regulated.

Khao Lak is the ideal destination for families, honeymooners, and travelers who want to get away from the tourist-crowded place and looking for relaxation and serenity instead. Khao Lak also offers panoramic mountain views, beautiful waterfalls, and serene golden beaches where you can walk along the sand for many kilometers.

Khao Lak is also the main departure point for scuba diving or snorkeling trips to the Similan Islands, widely known as the best dive site in Thailand.

Khao Lak Accommodation

Accommodation is varied and the tourists can choose from simple bungalows, guest house, to prestigious resorts. Many places offer easy access to the beach and the views of the beautiful coastline. CLICK HERE to see some of our favorite accommodation.

Bars and Restaurants

Khao Lak is also known for its charming cafes, restaurants, bars, and pubs.

If you need any else to find out how to get to Khao Lak , let me know!!

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