Private Transfers – How to get to Khao Sok
Often, a private transfer is the easiest and fastest way to reach Khao Sok. Our friendly drivers will be holding a sign with your name on it, ready to take you to Khao Sok. The following table details the prices of how to get to Khao Sok by private vehicle.
|Car Price||Van Price||Location|
|2,000||2,200||Surathani Airport or Train Station to Khao Sok|
|2,200||2,300||Surathani Town to Khao Sok|
|2,400||2,600||Tapee Pier to Khao Sok (Lomprayah Ferry)|
|3,100||3,300||Don Sak Pier to Khao Sok (Raja or Seatran Ferry)|
|3,000||3,200||Ao Nang / Krabi to Khao Sok (including Krabi Airport)|
|1,900||2,100||Khao Lak to Khao Sok|
|2,700||2,900||Phuket Airport to Khao Sok|
|3,100||2,200||Phuket Town to Khao Sok|
|3,400||3,600||Patong, Kata, Karon, Katu, or Rawai|
- A van fits 3-10 people. A car fits up to 2 adults and 1 child.
- Prices are listed in Thai Baht. A deposit is necessary to confirm pickup, and must be received at least 72 hours before arrival, along with time and location of pick up.
- From Koh Samui to Khao Sok, or from nearby islands, you must choose your ferry company, and then book your transfer from their pier.
- Please inquire for destinations not listed, we can provide pick up from anywhere in Southern Thailand.
- Prices subject to change without notice, please reconfirm by email.
There are no direct flights from Bangkok to Khao Sok. However flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport (closest airport) can be very cheap, in fact, promotional fares are often the cheapest option. From Surat Thani Airport we can easily arrange a pick-up with a private car or van. Alternately, you can take the regular Pan-tip Travel van to Surat Thani town where you can board a minivan to Khao Sok.
there are no direct trains from Bangkok to Khao Sok but you can take an air-conditioned, 2nd class sleeper train, (approximately 800 Baht one-way) from Bangkok to Surat Thani train station. Then, from the train station in Surat Thani, you can take a bus or van to Khao Sok. When you have arrived at the train station, follow the directions in the “Surathani Train Station” section below. Alternately, we can pick you up with a private car. Note: Trains in Thailand can often be delayed, therefore, allow some time to ensure you make your connection.
Several night buses run from Bangkok to Surat Thani every evening (approx. 800-1,100 Baht one-way). As a result, you should be able to catch a bus going all the way from Bangkok to Khao Sok. Buses leave in the early evening and arrive in the morning. The Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) has buses that travel to the southern provinces. You find this bus terminal at Phutthamonthon Soi 1 in Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Northern Thonburi. Call 0 2434 5557-8 or check Sawadee.com for more details about the Bangkok bus timetable. From Surat Thani bus station, you can take a bus or shared van to Khao Sok.
These are some options for the Surat Thani Khao Sok route.
Surat Thani to Khao Sok via Surathani Airport:
This airport is the closest to our resort, however public transport to Khao Sok is not available in the low season.
After you exit the baggage claim area in Surat Thani airport, head to the transportation booths lined up against the far wall. Find the booth selling shared van tickets to Khao Sok. The cost is 300B/person to the Khao Sok bus station, or 350B/person to the resort. Guests will need to contact the counter staff prior to 16:30, sometime earlier. If you come during low season, there is a good chance that this service will be unavailable.
Otherwise, you will need to get into Surat Thani town in order to proceed to Khao Sok by public transportation. Pantip travel has a shared van stop in front of the airport. These vans will bring you into Surat Thani town for about 100 Baht. Shared vans direct to Khao Sok are sometimes available. Therefore it’s worth asking for one before heading in to Surat Thani town.
Public transportation is easy to get from Surat Thani town. For instance, there are hourly van departures from the minivan station (250 Baht) every hour between 7am and 5pm. Alternately, buses depart from the public bus station (120 Baht) every hour between 7am and 5pm. A minivan from Surat Thani to Khao Sok is the fastest option.
Surat Thani to Khao Sok via Train Station:
When you have arrived in Surat Thani, exit the front entrance and turn right. After 30 meters you will see the stop for the Surat Thani to Phuket bus (2 hours / 120 Baht). Similarly, at the Wut Travel Agency you can buy tickets for the hourly minivan from Surat Thani to Khao Sok. Their office is directly across the street from the station and they can be reached at 081-978 3928. They will call the driver for you, otherwise the van will not stop at the station.
Take a look at the Khao Sok map for a better idea of what’s involved.
These directions for Phuket to Khao Sok work in reverse for Khao Sok to Phuket. However we will be able to give you more travel advice when you are at Riverfront Resort.
Phuket Town:Buses depart from the central bus station in Phuket town (heading towards Surat Thani) roughly every hour from 7am to 3pm. The bus will take you to the Khao Sok bus stop – the ride is about 4 hours.
Phuket Airport: The public bus has a stop about 5 kilometers from the airport. Buses come from Phuket Town, and reach the stop closest to the airport 30-45 minutes later. There is also a public bus from the Airport to the central bus station in Phuket town.
Making the journey from Krabi to Khao Sok is not quite so straightforward. In contrast to Surat Thani or Phuket, there is no direct public transportation by bus from Krabi to Khao Sok. The best way to get from Krabi to Khao Sok is to book a shared minivan with Hat Yai World Tour. They run a service from Krabi to Khao Sok National Park via most hotels and travel agents. Vans usually leave every day around 9am and 11am (3.5 hours / 450 baht per person). Try to get a van directly to Khao Sok and avoid minivans taking the long detour via Khao Lak.
Take a look at the Khao Sok map. You will see that getting to Khao Sok from the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao is also quite simple. First, you can take a ferry to Don Sak Pier, 70 km east of Surat Thani town. You can then take a car, van, or bus to Khao Sok.
There are three main ferry companies, including Lomprayah Ferry, Raja Ferry, and Seatran. Since each ferry company has their own pier at Don Sak, be sure note which company you are using. After arriving at Don Sak Pier, you have 3 options:
- We can pick you up by private car. Please contact us for prices.
- Your ferry company can provide a bus transfer to Surat Thani town. From here you can take a shared van or public bus to Khao Sok. Ask the staff at the ferry office for details.
- Catch a shared van from Don Sak to Khao Sok. For the specific pickup location, ask the staff at the ferry office.
There are reportedly frequent thefts from tourists on the public bus from Don Sak to Surat Thani. As a result, we advise our guests to avoid this option.
Please take a look at the Khao Sok map.
Our GPS location is 8.912297, 98.524941.
Directions from the East Coast and Surat Thani to Khao Sok:
Follow Highway 41 to the intersection with Highway 401 (11 km south of the Surat Thani Airport). Then, head west on the 401, and proceed for 91 km. Finally, turn right into Khao Sok National Park Street and proceed 1.4 km to our resort on the left, just before Klong Sok Bridge.
Directions from the West Coast (Phuket, Khao Lak, Ranong):
Begin by taking Highway 4 to Highway 401 (towards Surat Thani). Next, drive west for 36.6 km until you see the sign for Khao Sok National Park. Turn left and continue for 1.4 km to our resort on the left, just before Klong Sok Bridge.
Directions from Krabi to Khao Sok and Phang Nga to Khao Sok:
Start on highway 4, and then head north on Highway 4311. Follow 4311 for 48.3 km until it ends. At this point, take a left on Highway 401 and head west for 44.4km. Finally, turn right and continue for 1.4 km to our resort on the left, just before Klong Sok Bridge.
Whether you are travelling from Krabi to Khao Sok from the South, Bangkok to Khao Sok from the North, Surat Thani to Khao Sok from the West or just making the short journey from Phuket to Khao Sok you should be able to arrange an easy and enjoyable trip. Please consult the Khao Sok map on this page to get a better idea of what is involved.
When it is time for you to leave our staff can give you helpful information and even organize transport for you. Many people go from Khao Sok to Phuket but there are many other options.